The Seattle Storm will look to win their seventh straight game and the second in three days over the Dallas Wings when the two teams meet Sunday evening at Everett, Wash.
The Storm’s latest victory was on Friday, a thrilling 105-102 overtime decision over Dallas. Jewell Loyd hit the winning 3-pointer with 0.8 seconds remaining. The victory came two weeks after Seattle defeated the Wings on the road in similar fashion, a 100-97 overtime victory on May 22.
If those two games are any indication, Sunday’s third and final dustup of the year between Seattle and Dallas should be competitive.
Friday’s game ended in storybook fashion for Seattle, who gave away a 10-point lead late in the fourth quarter, including a late basket by the Wings’ Satou Sabally to force the extra period.
In overtime, neither team led by more than two points until Loyd’s deciding shot.
“Overall just a good team effort,” Seattle coach Noelle Quinn said. “What was supposed to happen happened. We got the bucket and we won. A strong win. A gutsy win. Just super proud of the team.”
Loyd paced the Storm with 25 points, with Breanna Stewart scoring 23, Stephanie Talbot hitting for 21 points and Mercedes Russell adding 12 for Seattle.
It was the third overtime victory this season for Seattle, which improved to a league-best 7-1.
Marina Mabrey scored 24 points for Dallas (2-5) in Friday’s loss while Arike Ogunbowale added 22, Sabally hit for 18, and Allisha Gray scored 15.
The Wings forced overtime on Friday with an 11-2 run, lost yet another close game. Their defeats have come by three (also in overtime against Seattle), seven, six, four and three, an average of 4.6 points per loss.
Sunday’s contest is the second game of a five-game road trip for Dallas that continues with a pair of games at Phoenix and a matchup at Las Vegas.
–Field Level Media