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Seattle Storm lose at the last second to the Connecticut Sun, 77-76

After leading the entire game, the Storm give up the game-winning basket with 0.6 seconds left in the game to fall in heart-breaking fashion.

Sue Bird leads the Storm with 24 points, 8 assists.
Sue Bird leads the Storm with 24 points, 8 assists.

That is hopefully going to be the most frustrating loss Storm fans will witness this season.  It's one thing to get blown out by a veteran Los Angeles Sparks team in the very first game of the season by 30 points.  But it's definitely more heart breaking to be leading for the vast majority of the game, only to give up the game with less than one second to play.  Unfortunately, that's where we sit as the Seattle Storm fall to 3-6 on the season and continue to work on improving as a team.

Seattle was led by their two main veteran players, Sue Bird and Crystal Langhorne.  Sue Bird continues her fantastic WNBA season as she led the team with 24 points and 8 assists.  Crystal Langhorne had one of her better games of the season, pitching in 14 points and 6 rebounds on 6-7 shooting from the floor. 

Unfortunately, what is becoming a very common theme for the Storm this season.  When Jewell Loyd struggles offensively, the team loses.  Jewell Loyd struggled again against the Connecticut Sun, scoring only 9 points on 3-8 shooting, adding four assists, and just one rebound in 26 minutes.  Breanna Stewart also struggled mightily, but a quick glance at the box score, might not reveal that.  Stewart was able to put up another double-double, her fourth of the season, with 10 points and 12 rebounds.  But she was held scoreless in the entire first half, and she shot just 4-14 from the floor.  Several UConn fans were there in attendance to cheer Stewart on.

The Connecticut Sun were led by Breanna Stewart's former UConn teammate, and number three overall pick from this year's WNBA Draft, Morgan Tuck.  She led the Sun with 20 points in 20 minutes off the bench.  But it was Alyssa Thomas, who was able to sneak past Alysha Clark and grab Camille Little's missed shot in the last seconds of the game and lay the ball back up (in mid-air) to win the game for Connecticut.  Thomas also had 15 points, good for second on the team.  She also led the team in both rebounds (nine) and assists (four).

We have praised the Storm's Alysha Clark for her continued improvement this season, as she has really started turning into a very consistent contributor in several facets of the game for Seattle.  She is consistently guarding the opposing team's number one or two scoring options.  She has led the Storm in scoring in two of their nine games so far (setting career highs both times).  But unfortunately, Clark did not have a good game against Connecticut on Friday.  She is normally an extremely efficient scorer, but in this game she went just 3-9 from the floor.  This included at least two really poor forced shots that weren't even close.  She also had a bad turnover that led to a Connecticut fast-break.  And ultimately, she failed to box out Alyssa Thomas on the final play of the game.

Key Notes from the Game:

*In 5 of Seattle's 6 losses, Jewell Loyd has scored less than 15 points.
*Jewell Loyd has shot 3-16 (19%) in the past two games; Stewart has shot 8-26 (31%).
*With a season high 24 points, Sue Bird is now averaging nearly 14 points this season (13.9 PPG).
*Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis had 7 points off the bench which ties her season high.
*Markeisha Gatling did not play.  This is the first game of the season she has not played in.

What's Next?
Seattle continues their road trip with another game against the Indiana Fever on Sunday.  Seattle lost earlier this month on June 1st in Indiana, when they fell to the Fever, 85-75.