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Jewell Loyd’s 29 points lead Storm by Mercury 102-91

In this June 15, 2018 file photo, Seattle Storm’s Jewell Loyd reaches for the ball during the first half of a WNBA basketball game in Seattle. (Elaine Thompson / Associated Press)
In this June 15, 2018 file photo, Seattle Storm’s Jewell Loyd reaches for the ball during the first half of a WNBA basketball game in Seattle. (Elaine Thompson / Associated Press)

PHOENIX – Jewell Loyd scored 29 points with five 3-pointers, Natasha Howard had 15 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks, and the Seattle Storm beat the Phoenix Mercury 102-91 on Tuesday night.

Loyd and Howard combined for 27 points in the first half as Seattle build a 53-44 lead. The Storm outscored Phoenix 28-16 in the third for an 81-60 advantage.

Breanna Stewart added 16 points and eight rebounds for Seattle (20-7). Alysha Clark scored 15 points as 10 difference Storm players scored. Seattle shot 54.1 percent from the field, including 11 of 22 3-pointers.

Brittney Griner had 25 points, six rebounds, seven assists and three blocks to lead Phoenix (15-12). Diana Taurasi scored 14 of her 20 points in the first quarter and DeWanna Bonner added 14 points on 5-of-14 shooting.

Phoenix has lost seven of its last eight games, including four straight at home.


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