Seattle Storm defeat Los Angeles Sparks, secure No. 1 seed in WNBA


Thanks to a Las Vegas Aces loss, the Seattle Storm could move into sole possession of first place in the WNBA with a win Wednesday evening against the Los Angeles Sparks.

After a 27-point, 11-rebound performance from MVP candidate Breanna Stewart, including 12 straight in the fourth quarter, the Storm (15-4) defeated the Sparks (6-12) 71-62. 

It was the third consecutive win for Seattle following a two-game losing streak to the Aces and Mystics. Meanwhile, the Sparks have lost five in a row. 

Jewell Loyd added 18 points despite a rough day from the field, shooting 0-4 from three-point range and 5-12 overall. Sue Bird added five assists. 

In fact, both teams struggled from the three-point arc shooting 25% (Seattle) and 21.1% (Los Angeles). However, Seattle doubled up the Sparks on the offensive glass, 14-7. 

Only Erica Wheeler scored double-figure points for the Sparks with 22 points. 

Seattle led by as many as 17 points. 

With the win, Seattle holds a full-game lead over Las Vegas (13-5) for the top seed in the WNBA. 

Next, Seattle travels to play the Brittney Griner and the Phoenix Mercury on Friday, July 9th at 6:00 p.m. PST.