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Seattle Storm struggle on the road, drop a game to the San Antonio Stars 77-70.

After an impressive victory on the road against the Indiana Fever, the Storm took a step backwards losing to the 1-7 Stars.

Moriah Jefferson, Kayla McBride, and Dearica Hamby put together a strong game to defeat the Storm.
Moriah Jefferson, Kayla McBride, and Dearica Hamby put together a strong game to defeat the Storm.
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Hoping to build more momentum for a young team, the Storm looked to take a victory from one of the worst team's in the WNBA.  The San Antonio Stars were 1-7, heading into Tuesday's contest against the Seattle Storm.  But they dominated early against Seattle, going up 22-13 in the 1st quarter; including 8 points from the number two overall pick in this year's WNBA Draft (and Breanna Stewart's former UConn running mate), Moriah Jefferson.  Kayla McBride added six points in the quarter as well to put the Stars up nine over the Storm. 

Surprisingly, despite what looked like a bad ankle injury for Sue Bird in the 4th quarter of Sunday's game against Indiana; Bird did end up playing in Tuesday's game against San Antonio.  But Bird did seem to struggle.  Being a road game, we didn't get to ask her after the game if the ankle injury was bothering her.  But she ended up scoring only 7 points (one of her lowest scoring outputs in a game this season).  And she really struggled to stay with the speedy Moriah Jefferson on the defensive side of the ball.  Now Jefferson is extremely quick and this may have occurred had Bird been 100% healthy.  But if the ankle was still bothering her, it could definitely have played a factor in her game and what she was able to do out there.  Sue Bird ended up playing 36 minutes, which seems like way too much; especially if her ankle was bothering her.

Both young stars for the Storm kept the team in the game despite trailing the entire game.  Jewell Loyd had another very good game which was great to see.  And she even broke a recent trend which says the Storm lose if Loyd has a bad game scoring.  Loyd was able to add 17 points and five rebounds against the Stars.  She didn't have the best shooting night, going 6-16 from the floor including 1-5 from 3-point range.  But it was good to see her aggressive and scoring.

Stewart also had a strong game for the Storm.  With 12 points at the half-way point.  Stewie would end the game with 19 points and 15 rebounds, another strong double-double.  Unfortunately, she has continued to struggle to shoot.  Her shooting percentage has gone way down as of late, and in this game she was 5-18 from the floor including 0-4 from 3 point range.  She also had the two blocks.  With the 15 rebounds, Breanna Stewart now leads the league in rebounding with over 10.1 rebounds per game.  An impressive feat for any 1st year player.

Alysha Clark was the only other Storm player to have a good game.  And it's great to see Alysha continue to have a large impact on this team, especially from a scoring perspective.  Clark ended the game with 14 point on 5-12 shooting.

After two strong games, back-to-back, Crystal Langhorne struggled against San Antonio.  She only scored 4 points, but more interesting was the fact she only played 16 minutes.  It's not clear if Coach Jenny Boucek wanted to give the veteran a partial night off or just give Abby Bishop more playing time.  Bishop logged some of the most minutes she has all season, playing 13 minutes off the bench, going 0-2 from the floor.

The San Antonio Stars were led by rookie PG Moriah Jefferson who had 19 points, 3 assists, and two steals.  But it was Kayla McBride which hit the dagger 3 pointer with under a minute to play to put the Stars up five, 75-70; after the Storm had cut San Antonio's lead down to one, 71-70.  McBride would finish the game with 18 points, four rebounds, and two steals.  She also gave Jewell Loyd a very hard foul late in the game and the two started to jaw at each other.  It looked like a technical foul could have been called on either player. 

The other standout player for the Stars was Dearica Hamby.  For those Storm fans that followed the 2015 WNBA Draft closely, should know that name.  Hamby was picked by the Stars, but some analysts thought she had some of the best overall potential in that draft class.  Some fans wanted the Storm to take her #3 overall instead of Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis.  Hamby ended up having a monster game with 15 points and 18 rebounds.  She was a monster on the glass and was pivotal in rebounding for the Stars when they needed it late in the game.

Key Notes from the Game:
*The Storm were out-rebounded 45-32.
*This is only the 2nd game where Jewell Loyd has scored over 15 points and the Storm lost this season.
*Breanna Stewart has had 5 double-doubles (points and rebounds) in 11 games this season including this game.
*Seattle's bench was out-scored 19-9 in this game.
*Markeisha Gatling has not played at all during this road trip, sitting out her 3rd game in a row.

What's Next?
Seattle plays one more road game this Thursday 06/16 against the Dallas Wings; another team that is struggling this season.  They then return home for a Father's Day Match Up against the Minnesota Lynx at KeyArena.