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Breanna Stewart, Jewell Loyd help Storm handle Stars

Seattle Storm's Breanna Stewart, left, is pursued by San Antonio Stars' Dearica Hamby during a WNBA basketball game at KeyArena, Wednesday, July 20, 2016 in Seattle. Stewart, the Storm’s rookie of the year, will be one player featured in the WNBA’s opening game on ESPN on May 13, 2017. (Sy Bean / Assocaited Press)
Seattle Storm's Breanna Stewart, left, is pursued by San Antonio Stars' Dearica Hamby during a WNBA basketball game at KeyArena, Wednesday, July 20, 2016 in Seattle. Stewart, the Storm’s rookie of the year, will be one player featured in the WNBA’s opening game on ESPN on May 13, 2017. (Sy Bean / Assocaited Press)

SEATTLE – Jewell Loyd scored 25 points, Breanna Stewart added 22 points and five blocked shots and the Seattle Storm beat the San Antonio Stars 83-69 on Wednesday.

Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis had 10 points, Crystal Langhorne grabbed 10 rebounds and Sue Bird had eight assists for Seattle (9-14).

Dearica Hamby converted a three-point play to trim San Antonio’s deficit to 63-59 early in the fourth quarter, but Stewart scored nine points – including two 3-pointers – and the Stars went scoreless for four-plus minutes during a 16-0 run that put the Storm up 20 with 4:33 to play.

Seattle shot 54.8 percent (17 of 31) from the field and made six 3-pointers in the second half.

The last-ranked Stars, who have lost five in a row, were 4 of 15 (26.7 percent) from 3-point range.

Moriah Jefferson led San Antonio (5-18) with 25 points. Alex Montgomery had a season-best 13 points and a career-high six assists.

Seattle has had at least 20 assists in each of its last six games.


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