In front of a near sell-out crowd, thanks to Native American heritage night, the Seattle Storm dominated the Atlanta Dream wire to wire. Alysha Clark got the team going early with two quick 3 pointers in the 1st quarter, as the Storm raced out to an early 14-2 lead. The 1st quarter ended with the Storm up 27-16 and they would never look back. Alysha Clark ended with a career high 14 points (on 4-7 shooting) and that was matched by Japanese star Ramu Tokashiki who also had 14 points to tie for the team lead. Crystal Langhorne added 10 points and 9 rebounds. Sue Bird had 9 points and dished out 12 assists (2 shy of her career high). The Storm had 6 different players with 8 points or more.
While also leading the team in scoring, Alysha Clark did a fantastic job defending Atlanta’s star player Angel McCoughtry (2nd leading scorer in the WNBA) limiting her to just 16 points and helped force her into a team high 7 turnovers.
A large portion of tonight’s crowd was there to support Native American Shoni Schimmel. And while Schimmel struggled for most of the game, she did have a strong 4th quarter and ended the game with 8 points, 3 assists, and 3 rebounds. She also got on the mic and talked to the crowd after the game and thanked them for their support.
This gave the Storm their 2nd win in a row and their 1st winning streak of the season. The win over Atlanta also propelled the team back above San Antonio, for the 4th and final playoff spot in the West. The Storm next game is at home this upcoming Tuesday, July 21st at 7:00pm, against the Eastern Conference Leading New York Liberty and will be celebrating Japan Night.