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Three things from the Storm's 73-69 loss to the Sky

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The Seattle Storm are entering the home stretch of the regular-season schedule in a bit of a snag. 

After a back-and-forth game against the Sky, the team lost 73-69, and are currently on a two-game losing streak.

Here are three things that stood out from their loss

Losing shouldn’t be a habit

The team has lost consecutive games for the third time this season, and twice since returning from the Olympic break.

Despite the loss, the Storm hold the No. 3 seed in the league and are a game back of the Aces for the No. 2 spot. A silver lining of sorts as seeding will matter in the deep rounds of the playoffs for homecourt.

Shooting struggles

Seattle hit a season-low three three-pointers on 17 attempts, shooting 17.6% from behind the arc.

For the game, the team shot 36.8%. It wasn’t their best outing against one of the more average teams in the league.

“Anytime a team shoots 17% from three, they probably lost,” Breanna Stewart said. “I think it’s just seeing the ball go in the basket. I don’t think it’s fatigue and, also, fatigue is not an option right now because we’re in our final push so everybody needs to be doing what they have to do individually to make sure they’re ready.”

Searching for answers

The team’s trio of Stewart, Jewell Loyd, and Sue Bird have had their fair share of rest since the Olympic break. But the team still seems a little flat.

Head coach Noelle Quinn has noticed a drop and cites just fatigue internally and externally as why the team has had some struggles.

 

“Definitely have to take a step back and reevaluate a lot,” she said. “It’s interesting, the looks we’ve been getting in the last six games are the looks we always get.”