Breanna Stewart scored 29 points to lead the Storm to an 85-80 victory over the Chicago Sky on Sunday.
ROSEMONT, Ill. — Breanna Stewart scored 29 points, making two free throws with 15.6 seconds left for a three-point lead, and the Seattle Storm beat the Chicago Sky 85-80 on Sunday, the final day of the WNBA regular season.
The Storm has the No. 8 seed in the eight-team playoffs and will play at fifth-seeded Phoenix in a single-elimination game Wednesday night. The teams met three times in the regular season, with the Mercury holding a 2-1 advantage in a series where the visiting team won each game.
Seattle rallied to take a 79-78 lead over Chicago with 3:11 left as Jewell Loyd’s open three-pointer from the corner capped a 9-0 run. Loyd finished with 25 points.
First-round playoff series: Storm (8 seed) vs. Phoenix Mercury (5 seed). Single elimination.
Wednesday:7 p.m. @ Phoenix, ESPN2
After Stewart’s free throws, Allie Quigley curled around a high screen but her three-point attempt was off the mark. Seattle’s Noelle Quinn closed out scoring by making two free throws with 11.2 seconds left.
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Stewart made 10 of 12 at the stripe as the Storm was 24 of 27 from the line.
Seattle needed its free-throw accuracy, as it was outshot from the field. The Storm shot 39.4 percent, including 23.8 percent (5 of 21) on three-pointers. Chicago shot 44.3 percent, including 35.0 percent (7 of 20) on threes.
The Sky made 16 turnovers, compared with nine for the Storm.
Kahleah Copper paced Chicago (12-22) with 18 points.
Sky guard Courtney Vandersloot, a former standout at Gonzaga and Kentwood High School in Covington, set a WNBA record in the third quarter for the highest assists average in a season. Her 8.1 assists per game surpassed Ticha Penicheiro’s 2002 mark of 8.0.
Vandersloot set the record with her seventh assist of the night, finding Jordan Hooper for a three-pointer in transition for a 69-65 lead.
Vandersloot scored 15 points.