Breanna Stewart and Sue Bird each scored 23 points to lead the Seattle Storm to a 91-82 victory over the host Atlanta Dream. The Storm improved to 12-17, eighth in the WNBA.
ATLANTA – Breanna Stewart and Sue Bird each scored 23 points to lead the Seattle Storm to a 91-82 victory over the Atlanta Dream in a WNBA game Sunday.
The Storm (12-17) is eighth in the league standings; the top eight teams at the end of the regular season will advance to the playoffs.
Rookie Stewart, who made 8 of 13 shots, also had eight rebounds, six assists and three blocks. The Storm outscored Atlanta by 17 points when Stewart was on the court.
Point guard Bird made 10 of 18 shots and had five assists with no turnovers.
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Jewell Loyd scored 17 points and Alysha Clark added 11 for the Storm, which shot 49.3 percent from the field and made all 16 of its free throws.
Angel McCoughtry led the fifth-place Dream (14-14) with 32 points on 12-for-17 shooting.
Atlanta coach Michael Cooper, a former standout NBA player, said, “Seattle is a team that a lot of people say aren’t very good because they don’t have enough depth or talent, but the one thing that the team has is that they come and compete, and they play hard.
“We matched that effort for the first two or three minutes of the game. Then it fell off.”
• In other league games, Los Angeles beat Indiana 88-81; Minnesota defeated Connecticut 93-79; Chicago routed San Antonio 97-73; and Washington beat Dallas 88-83.