Breanna Stewart scored 30 points on 9-for-13 shooting to lead Seattle to a 96-85 home victory. The Storm outscored Chicago 31-12 in the fourth quarter and improved to 7-3.
Turns out Chicago’s 14-point leads in the second half aren’t safe when the Storm is involved.
Nineteen days ago, Seattle recovered from down 14 to the Sky with six minutes left in the fourth to prevail in overtime.
On Tuesday, the Storm rallied from a 14-point deficit in the third quarter and ran down Chicago late in the game once again for a 96-85 victory in front of 4,353 at KeyArena.
Breanna Stewart recovered from a sluggish performance in her last outing and scored a season-high 30 points on 9-for-13 shooting, including four three-pointers. She also had seven rebounds and three blocks.
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“I was just confident (and) I wanted to have a good bounce-back game,” said Stewart, who had 12 points and five fouls — four on the offensive end — in Sunday’s upset 67-64 loss to Atlanta. “Thankfully, I didn’t get an offensive foul called on me tonight and I was just being aggressive. My teammates were doing a good job of finding me.”
Stewart connected on three of her first four shots, including two three-pointers, to carry the Storm to a 29-24 lead in the first quarter.
“It was nice for us to get into some sort of rhythm other than the fourth quarter in this game, compared to the last game,” said Stewart, who had 18 points in the first half.
“We were rotating the ball and moving the ball and they were out of position a lot. We were able to find the open person and knock down shots.”
Seattle (7-3) also received 19 points from Jewell Loyd and 15 from Natasha Howard.
The Storm led 50-46 at halftime.
Chicago opened the second half with a 22-4 run capped by consecutive three-pointers from Allie Quigley (20 points), Courtney Vandersloot (14 points) and Jamierra Faulkner to take a 68-54 lead with 3:49 left in the third.
Stewart, who scored 11 points in the fourth quarter, tied the score at 75 with a layup.
On the next possession, the standout forward gave the Storm the lead with a midrange jumper during a 12-0 run.
“The key to weathering the storm was the bench, and of course Stewie was excellent the whole day,” Storm coach Dan Hughes said. “I thought Jewell also stepped up in a big way, and Howard really was important down the stretch for us.”
Chicago (3-6) didn’t go away, and Vandersloot tied the score at 83 with a three-pointer with 4:07 remaining.
The Storm finished with a 13-2 spurt, thanks in large part to Stewart, who scored four of her 11 fourth-quarter points during the decisive run.
“They came out in the third quarter and they hit us first,” Stewart said. “They were being really aggressive. They were knocking down some tough shots.
“We knew that they made their run and now it’s our turn to make ours and take control of the game.”
Seattle reserves outscored Chicago 18-13.
Backup forward Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis capped one spurt with a layup that gave the Storm a 79-75 lead.
“The story was our bench play,” Hughes said. “Chicago came out and was very, very good in the third quarter. They were really separating from us, but our bench gave us (a boost), and then we rode them a little bit into the fourth.”
• Storm rookie guard Jordin Canada injured her left ankle with 2:23 left in the third quarter and did not return. She finished with four points in 10 minutes.
• Seattle played without forward Crystal Langhorne (rib), who missed her seventh game, while Chicago didn’t have center Stefanie Dolson (foot).