Sky Hand Storm First Loss
After shooting 50 percent from the field, the Sky went into halftime leading by 13, outscoring the Storm 24-15 in the second quarter.
Epiphanny Prince scored 13 points off the bench to continue her solid play early on in her rookie season. Cathrine Kraayeveld added 14 points, while shooting 4-7 from behind the arc.
After the Storm went on a 21-7 run late in the 4th quarter, Erin Thorn came up big off the bench, converting on all four of her free throws to put the game away in the last minute of regulation. Thorn and Prince weren’t the only Sky bench players to chip in Thursday night. As a whole, the Sky bench scored 34 of the team’s 84 points.
“Our whole focus this week in practice was to push the starters, and that made for some real good practices,” Thorn said. “That really helped us coming into this game being ready to go when we got the call.”
In addition to her seven points, Jia Perkins also surpassed Candice Dupree for the most games played with the Sky at 136.
Lauren Jackson, averaging 20 PPG coming into the contest, led the way for Seattle with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Svetlana Abrosimova chipped in with 13 points off the bench.
The Storm, who pride themselves on defense, were not up to the task Thursday night.
“We didn’t get any stops,” Jackson said. “We didn’t help each other defensively. We didn’t play how we normally play defensively and we are known as a defensive team and tonight we just didn’t show it at all.”
Dominique Canty had a milestone night scoring her 2,400th point of her career while also recording her 900th assist. Canty is only the 21st player in WNBA history to reach this total.
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