Storm pummel Liberty

SEATTLE – Sue Bird had 18 points and 10 assists, Lauren Jackson scored 16 points and the Seattle Storm snapped a three-game losing streak with an 84-66 victory over the New York Liberty on Sunday night.

Camille Little added 15 points, and Shekinna Stricklen had 12 for Seattle (11-13).

Cappie Pondexter, the WNBA’s second-leading scorer, had 23 points for the Liberty (9-15).

Seattle got off to a fast start, with Stricklen’s layup on the break prompting New York coach John Whisenant to call a timeout with 5:20 left in the first quarter after the Storm opened on a 12-2 run.

Seattle finished the first 10 minutes up 28-9, its biggest lead of the season following the opening quarter. The Liberty committed eight turnovers in the first and outrebounded 11-6.

Jackson, who missed her first five 3s, is still trying to find her rhythm after returning to the floor for the first time Thursday following the Olympics after missing the first half of the season.

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