On a night when the Storm scored a season high 93 points — its highest total in the past three years — coach Jenny Boucek talked about improving the offense.
“We have a lot more firepower than what we showed tonight on our bench,” she said Saturday following a 12-point win over Connecticut at KeyArena.
In many ways, Seattle couldn’t have been better than its most recent outing, in which every starter scored in double figures and the Storm shot 56.1 percent.
Veteran Crystal Langhorne (18 points on 8-of-8 shooting) had a breakout performance and second-year star Jewell Loyd (26 points) continued her early-season brilliance.
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And yet, Boucek is still waiting for a player or two to emerge from the bench.
“We’d like to get our bench going more and give them opportunities and let them get confidence and show what they can do,” she said.
The Storm has been intent on establishing a rapport between rookie star Breanna Stewart, future Hall of Famer Sue Bird, Loyd and Langhorne.
Boucek has high hopes for backup forwards Ramu Tokashiki and Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, but she understands the Storm is a young team still learning how to play with each other and win games. That means developing depth among the reserves is an ancillary issue.
Seattle’s more immediate concern following a 1-2 homestand is a quick cross-country trek for Wednesday’s 4 p.m. matchup at Indiana.
It’s a chance for the Storm (2-3) to even its record, collect consecutive wins for the first time this season and capture a road win, which has been elusive recently. Seattle is 7-29 away from home the past three seasons.
The Storm, which is seventh in the playoff chase, can improve its postseason standing against the injury-riddled Fever (2-3). The top eight teams — regardless of conference — advance to the playoffs in the 12-team league.
Wednesday’s game also features two of the WNBA’s highest scoring rookies in Stewart, who averages 17.4 points per game, and Indiana guard Tiffany Mitchell (14.0).