Kelsey Plum scored a career-high 23 points, including a three-pointer with 90 seconds remaining in overtime that gave San Antonio the lead for good, and the Stars beat the Storm 87-80 Saturday night.
SAN ANTONIO — Former Huskies All-American Kelsey Plum scored a pro-career-high 23 points, including a three-pointer with 90 seconds remaining in overtime that gave San Antonio the lead for good, and the Stars beat the Seattle Storm 87-80 Saturday night for their third straight win.
Plum’s floating jumper tied the contest at 78-all with 2:09 left in the extra session.
“This is the Plum that we all prayed for and wanted to see,” Stars coach Vickie Johnson told the San Antonio Express News.
Plum was 5 of 8 on three-pointers and also had four assists in nearly 40 minutes.
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“I was just trying to play,” Plum said of her final three. “I had some space and let it go. I really wasn’t thinking much about it. That’s probably why it went in.”
At the end of regulation, Jewell Loyd made a three from 24 feet to tie it at 72 with five seconds to go. Seattle trailed 72-68 with 15 seconds left when Sami Whitcomb made the first of two free throws. Breanna Stewart grabbed Whitcomb’s miss to set up Loyd’s basket.
San Antonio (6-21) got 17 points from Kayla McBride, Alex Montgomery added 15 points and 10 rebounds, Dearica Hamby scored 15 points on 7-for-9 shooting and Isabelle Harrison had a game-high 13 rebounds.
Stewart led Seattle (10-15) with 32 points, Loyd finished with 16 and Whitcomb 11.
“Before, they would have beat us by eight or 10, but they didn’t,” Johnson said. “We refocused, and we refocused on the defensive end. I thought the players that needed the ball in their hands late in the game had the ball.”
San Antonio outrebounded Seattle 42-35, pulling down 18 offensive rebounds which led to 20 second-chance points.
Seattle travels to Connecticut to face the Sun on Tuesday at 4 p.m. PDT.