The Storm fell in heartbreaking fashion to the Connecticut Sun, Friday night, losing 67-66.
The game was a back and forth affair, though the Storm seemed to be in control for the majority of the second half. With 48 seconds left in the game, the Storm battled their way to a four-point lead, looking poised to lock down just their second road win of the season.
However, it seemed that Connecticut Sun forward and former Storm player, Shekinna Stricklen was dead set on downing her former team. She knocked down a long three following a timeout to cut the Storm's lead to just one. On the Sun's next offensive possession, Stricklen grabbed the offensive rebound, putting in what would be the game winning basket.
This loss hurts all the more, considering the Storm seemed to be in control for the majority of the second half. After battling for a 40-38 first half lead, the Storm quickly increased their lead to 47-38, thanks to their stifling defense. They held the Sun scoreless for nearly five minutes, and held them without a field goal for nearly six minutes. The Sun were able to chip away at the Storm's lead for the remainder of the second half, and the Storm's offense seemed to stagnate, as they were only able to muster three points and found themselves trailing, 54-51 heading into the fourth quarter.
Despite the loss, it was a strong showing for rookie guard Jewell Lloyd. She contributed 13 points on 4-6 shooting from the field, with four rebounds. Veteran guard Sue Bird led the team in scoring with 15 points on 50% shooting from the field, also racked up five assists.
Stricklen ended up leading the Sun in scoring with 15 points, with 12 of those points came from behind the arc, as she went 4-5 on her attempts from long range.
The Storm now fall to 1-10 on the road and 5-15 on the year, as they are still looking for their first win of a six game road trip. That task won't get any easier when they take on the Eastern Conference leading New York Liberty on Sunday.