Storm wins triple-overtime battle with Phoenix, 111-107 – Jayda Evans, Seattle Times
Bird, who didn’t practice on Tuesday due to fatigue, had a rough day. She was 4 of 13 from the field, making just one of five three-pointers through regulation. Yet, when the ball hit her hands with the team down, Bird nailed her signature shot. Phoenix forward Penny Taylor missed a potential tying three-pointer with 2.5 seconds left in the third overtime.
“We tried to kick to Lauren and she made a great play, she penetrated to force help and kicked it to Sue,” Storm coach Brian Agler said. “They ran at her, I mean Sue really had to adjust her shot to get it off. She was still focused and finished.”
Storm get record-breaking 3OT win over Mercury – Christopher Wells, seattlepi.com
The 111 scored by the Storm ties their record for most points that was set on Aug.4 , 2007, also against Phoenix. This win also makes it eight in a row for the Storm, which is a franchise record.
Jackson, who missed the last game due to a concussion, made her return felt with 31 points on 9 of 24 shooting from the field, 18 rebounds and two blocks.
Mercury fall in triple overtime to Seattle – Odeen Domingo, Arizona Republic
The Mercury were game for much of their Wednesday matinee matchup at US Airways Center with the league’s current best Seattle Storm, willing to scrap and play defense and score when the opportunity came. But in the end, the Storm had a little bit more skill.
Mercury Can’t Weather the Storm – Trevor Paxton, SB Nation Arizona
We came into the game expecting a fight, and we left finding an instant classic. Three overtimes. More ties and lead changes than I’ve ever witnessed. Determination and grit in every possession. Clutch shots galore. Nobody wanted to lose this game, but when all was said and done, the Storm came away victorious.
“Sometimes there are good losses,” commented Mercury head coach Corey Gaines. “We’ll take it as a good loss. They fought hard and didn’t quit when we were down 10; that’s a good loss.”
Bird’s Trey Tops Taurasi in Desert Duel – Mel Greenberg, Womhoops Guru
Bird pointed out last weekend that while the Storm’s record is most gaudy her pro team isn’t winning every game the way her former collegiate team does more times than not.
But by the time the day’s activity concluded in terms of the West, Seattle held a 9.5 lead over — that’s right — the Minnesota Lynx (7-11), while Phoenix (7-12) and the San Antonio Silver Stars (6-11) fell 10 games off the pace, which is 1.5 games in front of the fifth-place Los Angeles Sparks (5-13).
ESPY Award Results – Taurasi was honored as the Best WNBA Player, beating out Jackson.