The Comeback Kids of the Cascades took their show on the road Thursday and continued their trend of second-half surges in the second-largest comeback in franchise history. Despite trailing by 21 in the first half, the Storm rallied for an 87-83 victory over the Phoenix Mercury, taking the lead for good on a Sue Bird score in the paint with 32 seconds left to play. The win gave the Storm the first 3-0 start in franchise history and dropped the defending WNBA champion Mercury to 0-3.
The Storm led 22-20 late in the first quarter before embarking upon a scoring drought that lasted nearly seven minutes. On the other side, Phoenix was lights out from long distance, using eight first-half three-pointers to go up 41-22 late in the half and take a 15-point lead to the break. The Storm rallied within six through three quarters and capped a 10-2 run in the fourth on Bird's go-ahead shot. The Mercury had a chance to tie down two in the closing seconds, but Cappie Pondexter's miss sealed the Storm win.
MVP Lauren Jackson exploded after halftime, scoring 21 of her season-high 30 points in the second half and adding nine rebounds. Bird struggled in the second half before her key score, but she and Swin Cash, who finished with 19 points and seven boards, kept the Storm afloat in the first half. The bench chipped in 18 big points, with Katie Gearlds nailing a pair of threes and Tanisha Wright contributing four points and tough defense on Pondexter, who scored 21 points but missed 11 of her 19 shots and turned the ball over six times. Diana Taurasi scored 23, but Phoenix made only one three-pointer in the second half.
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"We were like, 'OK, itís a six-point game. Letís see what can happen in the next 10 minutes,' and we battled. It was a very tough game to come back like that, but it shows the poise we have on this team."
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PHOTO OF THE NIGHT
Swin Cash leaps high to secure one of her seven rebounds to go along with 19 points.
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