The Storm extended its winning streak to five games, the longest since winning 13 in a row en route to the 2010 championship, by beating the Washington Mystics 79-71 Tuesday at the Verizon Center. The Storm took control of the game early, leading by seven after the first quarter and as many as 14 during the second period. The Mystics got back in the game by turning to four reserves plus starter Crystal Langhorne and using a zone defense at times. The Storm never lost the lead, and Sue Bird made two key jumpers and four free throws down the stretch to help the team seal the victory.
Bird scored 18 of her game-high 25 points after halftime, shooting 9-of-14 from the field. Ann Wauters added 14 points and seven rebounds and Ewelina Kobryn and Tanisha Wright scored nine points apiece. Kobryn's output, all in the first half, tied her career high. Langhorne scored 20 points to lead Washington. Monique Currie added 15 points and eight boards..
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"All wins on the road are great. When you can come into another team's building and steal one, that's a positive thing."
- Sue Bird Complete Quotes/Notes
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Ann Wauters scored 14 points on 5-of-9 shooting Tuesday.
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