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Top Rookies duel, but the Storm fall to the Fever 85-75.

Seattle's Breanna Stewart and Indiana's Tiffany Mitchel both put on a show as the Fever outduel the Storm.

Tiffany Mitchell impresses with 19 points in the Fever's win over the Storm.
Tiffany Mitchell impresses with 19 points in the Fever's win over the Storm.

Tonight's game was a battle between East and West.  A battle between two 2-3 teams.  But it was also a showcase between the WNBA's top two rookie players, with Seattle's Breanna Stewart and Indiana's Tiffany Mitchell.  Both young players did not disappoint.  Stewart, the #1 overall pick during April's WNBA Draft has been very impressive in her first six games of her career.  Tiffany Mitchell, was a highly touted college prospect out of South Carolina that fell in the draft for unknown reasons.  Mitchell, initially talked about as a Top 3 prospect, fell all the way to the ninth pick on draft night.  But up to this point, she's proving several WNBA General Manager's wrong. 

Coming into tonight's game against Seattle, Tiffany Mitchell was averaging 14 points a game; second only to Seattle's Breanna Stewart.  Mitchell had 19 points (including 7-7 from the line).  The 19 points was a new career high for the rookie out of South Carolina.  Mitchell wasn't the only Fever player to set a career high in points tonight against the Storm.  Lynetta Kizer came off the bench to lead the Fever in scoring with 20 points in the game; her new personal best.  Kizer was dominant down low, shooting 8-13 from the floor and 4-4 from the free throw line.

As mentioned, this game was definitely a show case between the top two rookies in the 2016 class.  Breanna Stewart continues to impress in her first season in Seattle.  Stewart led all players in both points and rebounds, putting up 22 points and eight rebounds in 31 minutes.  At one point it seemed like her and Tiffany Mitchell were exchanging baskets.  Sue Bird chipped in with another 14 points and six assists, to continue her strong start to this season.

The Storm were actually up 7-0 on the Indiana Fever during the first two minutes of the game.  But that's as good as it would get for the Storm, as the Fever would outscore Seattle in the first three quarters.  The Fever would go on an 18-7 run in the 1st quarter.  And would end the 2nd quarter on an 11-1 run, to put Indiana up 51-38 at halftime.  Indiana would take their largest lead of the game late in the 3rd quarter, going up 72-50 and really putting Seattle away at this point.  The Storm would rally in the 4th quarter, outscoring the Fever 20-13 in the final period, but it wasn't enough as Seattle fell 85-75.

A common trend in Seattle's season so far is that the team goes as far as Jewell Loyd takes them.  In their two victories this season, Loyd has scored 30 points and 26 points respectively.  In three of the team's four losses, Loyd has scored under 15 points a game.  Tonight, Loyd only had 11 points on 4-7 shooting. 

Key Notes from tonight's game:
*Alysha Clark did not play, she is a day-to-day with a right knee bruise
*Storm committed 20 turnovers, as they continue to lead the league in giveaways.
*Blake Dietrick saw her first minutes of the season, late in the blowout loss.
*Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis continues to struggle from 3-point range, going 0-3.
*Monica Wright played for the 1st time since May 22nd against the Lynx.

Next Game:
Seattle returns home after a short one game road trip, and will host the Phoenix Mercury on Friday night at 7:00pm.