Unfortunately, Stewart’s brilliance (18.2 points per game) hasn’t translated to more success for the 2-4 Storm.
Six games into her professional women’s basketball career and Breanna Stewart has lived up to the incredible hype that preceded her WNBA arrival.
The Storm’s 6-foot-4 forward leads the league’s rookies in scoring (18.2 points per game), rebounds (8.7), blocks (1.8) and minutes (35.5). She’s also second in assists (2.2) and third in steals (1.5).
Stewart, the three-time NCAA player of the year, has demonstrated early on that she can dominate at this level just as she did in college, where she led Connecticut to four NCAA tournament titles.
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“The biggest thing for me is getting the experience and getting the repetitions,” she said Wednesday following an 85-75 loss at Indiana. “The score wasn’t the closest, but we were still fighting back for as much as we can for however long we’re out there.”
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Considering her fast start, it’s no surprise Stewart was named the WNBA Rookie of the Month in May.
Perhaps the only unexpected revelation is Stewart’s brilliance hasn’t translated to more success for the Storm (2-4), which is tied for eighth in the playoff race. The top eight teams in the 12-team league advance to the postseason.
“We got a ways to go in a lot of ways,” coach Jenny Boucek said. “If you don’t have the energy that you need to have, the X’s and O’s are just not going to matter.”
Seattle returns home for a pair of games starting with Friday’s 7 p.m. matchup with Phoenix (2-4) at KeyArena.
The Storm hosts New York (2-3) on Sunday.
It’s an important homestand for Seattle, considering the following four games are on the road, where the Storm is 7-30 the past three seasons.
“With the WNBA schedule, it’s quick turnarounds every night,” Stewart said. “We play on Friday at home, and we’ll need to be ready.”