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Storm outlasts the Dallas Wings in OT, Breanna Stewart becomes fastest to milestone

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It took an extra five minutes, but the Seattle Storm (3-1) took care of business in Big D Saturday evening.

The defending WNBA Champs defeated the jumpstart Dallas Wings (1-1) 100-97 in overtime, thanks to a Jordin Canada driving layup to tie the game with 4.4 seconds left.

Seattle trailed by four points with 12 seconds to go, 85-81, but Jewell Lloyd made a 23-foot corner three-pointer and Canada tied the game following a split at the free-throw line from Dallas' Kayla Thornton.

For Seattle, its bench depth was key for the team as Dan Hughes played five players off the bench, including Canada who played 33 minutes and scored 14 points on 5-10 from the floor.

"That's obviously key, to be able to go deep into our bench," said Breanna Stewart after the game. "Jordin stepped up big."

Meanwhile, Stewart gave Dallas all it could handle, and then some, scoring 36 points and grabbing 11 rebounds for her third double-double of the season.

The reigning WNBA Finals MVP also became the fourth-fastest player in league history to reach 2,500 career points.

The 40-year old Sue Bird added six points and 5 assists in 31 minutes. After the game, Stewart dismissed any concern about Bird playing too many minutes this early in the year.

"I don't think we're too concerned about Sue's minutes, we want her on the court as much as possible."

Dallas did not have Satou Sabally, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2020 WNBA Draft who made the All-WNBA Rookie First Team last year. Reigning No. 1 overall pick Charli Collier had 2 points in eight minutes. 

 

Despite winning 75% of its games to begin the season, the Storm have looked more fallible than previous years thanks to significant offseason changes to the roster. As a result, Seattle has been adjusting to new personnel to begin the 2021 season.

"It's a little tough, it's a learning curve," explained Stewart. "Anytime we have so many new people like this it's going to take a second and we're so used to having our core group that we had before. People just knew our system like the back of their hands but that's how the game goes. We're really excited about the pieces that we do have. 

"To be 3-1 so far, to be going home for a couple weeks, this is exactly where we want to be. Especially to steal one on the road."

Next, Seattle will host the Connecticut Sun (5-0) on Tuesday, May 25th at 7:00 p.m. PT to begin a five-game homestand at Angel of the Winds Arena.