Once again Tina Charles was just too much for the Storm, as Charles led the New York Liberty with 29 points and nine rebounds to spark a 78-62 victory.
Charles got off to another strong start with 10 points in the first quarter. But it wasn't until the third quarter when the New York Liberty were able to distance themselves from the Storm. The Storm kept the game close in the first half, with the game tied after the first and trailing only by one point at the half. The Storm didn't score until nearly five minutes into the third quarter. By then, the damage had been done by the Liberty who started the period on a 13-0 run. Epiphanny Prince scored nine of her eleven points in the quarter. The Liberty outscored the Storm 24-9 in the same period.
Sue Bird led the team in scoring with 14 points, but shot poorly from the field on 5-for-17 shooting; she also only had two assists which is uncharacteristic for the All-Star Point Guard. Crystal Langhorne was the only other Storm player to score in double figures. She had 12 points and four rebounds in today's game. Backup Point Guard Angel Goodrich had a good game off the bench, scoring five points, dishing out a team-high seven assists, and grabbing four rebounds.
Unfortunately number one draft pick Jewell Loyd had one of her worst games of her young career. She played 28 minutes, but only took one shot attempt, and scored just one point for the entire game. She did lead the team in rebounding with five. But ultimately, Loyd needs to continue to improve and become a more dominant scorer for the Storm. The Storm could only muster up 62 points today and they'll need their rookie class to contribute more if they want to win more games this season.
The Storm head to San Antonio to play the Silver Stars on Saturday August 8th, to play their fourth road game in a row.