Langhorne finished with 22 points and 10 rebounds at KeyArena on Friday. She was limited to single digits her past two games, including shooting 25 percent from the field while scoring four points in a Storm win against the Stars on Aug. 16.
Storm forward Crystal Langhorne broke out of a two-game slump to help Seattle beat San Antonio, 83-69, on Friday night.
Langhorne finished with 22 points and 10 rebounds at KeyArena, posting her first double-double of the season. She was limited to single digits her past two games, including shooting 25 percent from the field while scoring four points in a Storm win against the Stars on Aug. 16.
“Yeah, I’ve been having a little rough stretch,” Langhorne said. “It felt (good) to play well. Hitting my first shot probably helped.”
Langhorne hit a 17-footer off a Sue Bird assist to get the game started. Seattle closed the quarter on a 10-0 run to take a 25-16 lead.
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The Storm lead stretched to 15 points in the third quarter. The Stars closed within eight late in the fourth quarter, but a pair of free throws from Storm forward Alysha Clark and a block by rookie Jewell Loyd quashed any momentum swing.
San Antonio (7-22) continued its franchise-worst losing streak on the road, dropping to 0-14. Forward Sophia Young-Malcolm led the Stars with 18 points.
The Storm (8-20) played without forward Abby Bishop, who is out after undergoing surgery on her right hamstring last week.
Rookie forward Ramu Tokashiki is also out, joining her Japanese national team in pursuit of an Olympic berth.
Markeisha Gatling started in place of Tokashiki and first-year coach Jenny Boucek moved Langhorne to the power forward slot. Gatling, a second-year center, finished with 11 points in 22 minutes.
“When I was back in college (North Carolina State), I played with a player like Crystal,” Gatling said of her first start of the season. “It felt like the old days.”
Bishop and Tokashiki’s absences also created more playing opportunities for veteran Quanitra Hollingsworth and rookie Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis.
Hollingsworth has only appeared in three of the Storm’s past 10 games, with Boucek stating the reason as an inability to have a 12-player rotation.
The 6-foot-5 center was productive in her five first-half minutes. She had five points and four rebounds, her putback to close the half giving Seattle a 42-34 lead.
Mosqueda-Lewis finished with seven points.
Overall, Boucek felt the team played sloppy despite having a week to prepare for the Stars. The Storm allowed 24 points on 19 turnovers in the game.
“We made a lot of mental mistakes,” Boucek said.
“They know it. So, I don’t know that we played up to our potential. Part of that could be the shuffling of our combinations and people playing out of position because we’re a rhythm team… I’m pretty sure when I go watch the tape, there’s going to be a lot of things we could have done better.”
The Storm play the Washington Mystics at home on Sunday.