Balanced, and depleted, Storm cruise past Wings, 95-81
SEATTLE (AP) — Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis scored 8 points and the injury-plagued Seattle Storm cruised to a 95-81 victory over the Dallas Wings on Friday night to snap a three-game skid.
The defending-champion Storm were without three-fifths of last year’s starting lineup: reigning WNBA MVP Breanna Stewart (Achilles), Sue Bird (knee) and Jewell Loyd (ankle) — who was named an All-Star game starter Thursday.
Jordin Canada and Natasha Howard scored 14 points apiece, Mercedes Russell added 13 and Sami Whitcomb 12 for Seattle (9-8). Canada also had a career-high 12 assists.
Whitcomb and Alysha Clark hit back-to-back 3-pointers to make it 6-3 and the Storm led the rest of the way. They took a 33-13 lead into the second quarter and led by as many as 28 points.
Arike Ogunbowale led the Wings (5-10) with 23 points, and Glory Johnson added 18 points, nine rebounds and three steals. Dallas fell to 0-7 on the road and is the last team in the WNBA without a road win.