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Breanna Stewart, Jewell Loyd help Storm spoil Aces’ home opener, 105-98

Seattle Storm’s Breanna Stewart, in action against Phoenix in an exhibition game earlier this month, scored 23 points in Seattle’s win over Las Vegas on Sunday, May 27, 2018, in Las Vegas. (Elaine Thompson / Associated Press)
Seattle Storm’s Breanna Stewart, in action against Phoenix in an exhibition game earlier this month, scored 23 points in Seattle’s win over Las Vegas on Sunday, May 27, 2018, in Las Vegas. (Elaine Thompson / Associated Press)

LAS VEGAS – Breanna Stewart had 23 points and nine rebounds, Jewell Loyd added 20 and nine assists and the Seattle Storm beat Las Vegas 105-98 on Sunday night in the Aces’ first game at the Mandalay Bay Events Center.

Natasha Howard added 18 points on 7-of-8 shooting, Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis had 13 and Sue Bird 10 for the Storm (3-1). Seattle shot 52 percent from the field and 46.2 percent from behind the arc, where Mosqueda-Lewis hit 3 of 3.

Loyd and Alysha Clark hit back-to-back 3-pointers and Breanna Stewart scored seven consecutive points before a layup by Loyd capped a 15-0 run that gave Seattle a 23-14 lead late in the first quarter. After Nia Coffey’s jumper gave the Aces a 14-8 lead about four minutes in, they went 0 for 5 from the field, 0 for 2 from the free-throw line and committed three turnovers over the next 4 1/2 minutes.

Sue Bird hit a 3 just before the buzzer that made it 53-35 at the break and her jumper early in the second half gave Seattle its biggest lead at 59-40. Las Vegas answered with a 22-9 run, capped by Coffey’s 3-pointer, to trim its deficit to 98-94 with 1:39 to play, but Bird answered with a 3 and the Aces got no closer.

A’ja Wilson, the first overall pick this year, led Las Vegas with a season-high 27 points. Coffey, the fifth pick in 2017, scored a career-high 23. McBride, making her season debut after finishing her season in the Turkish Women’s Basketball League, had 21 points.


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