Seattle snapped a four-game losing streak, and won the final game of a five-game road trip, defeating Phoenix 98-89.
PHOENIX — A coaching change worked for the Seattle Storm. Well, at least for one night.
Seattle snapped a four-game losing streak and won the final game of a five-game road trip, defeating Phoenix 98-89.
It was the first game for the Storm under interim coach Gary Kloppenburg after the firing of Jenny Boucek on Thursday.
With the victory, Seattle moves into a tie for eighth place with the Chicago Sky at 11-16 with seven games remaining. The top eight teams make the postseason.
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Breanna Stewart and Jewell Loyd scored 20 points apiece for the Storm. which shot 56.3 percent from the field (36 of 64), and was 10 of 20 from three-point range.
Crystal Langhorne added 19 points on 8-of-9 shooting and had a career-high-tying five assists.
Kloppenburg earned his first win since 2013 when he coached Tulsa.
Sami Whitcomb and Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis hit back-to-back three-pointers before Stewart made two short baskets in a 10-0 run that gave Seattle an 88-77 lead with 6:37 left.
Brittney Griner, who had missed the last eight games with knee and ankle injuries, scored 19 for Phoenix (14-13).