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Storm make WNBA record 17 3-pointers, cruise by Aces 101-74

In this Tuesday, May 8, 2018, file photo, Seattle Storm’s Breanna Stewart, right, races up the court with Phoenix Mercury’s Chelsea Nelson in the second half of a WNBA exhibition basketball game in Seattle. Stewart had 27 points on Tuesday against Las Vegas. (Elaine Thompson / Associated Press)
In this Tuesday, May 8, 2018, file photo, Seattle Storm’s Breanna Stewart, right, races up the court with Phoenix Mercury’s Chelsea Nelson in the second half of a WNBA exhibition basketball game in Seattle. Stewart had 27 points on Tuesday against Las Vegas. (Elaine Thompson / Associated Press)
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SEATTLE – Breanna Stewart scored 21 points, Jewell Loyd added 20 points and the Seattle Storm set a WNBA record with 17 3-pointers in a 101-74 victory over the Las Vegas Aces on Thursday night.

Seattle set a franchise record with 15 3-pointers by the end of the third quarter and finished 17 of 26 from 3-point range.

Rookie Mercedes Russell pushed Seattle over the century mark with 6:32 remaining for a 43-point lead. The Storm didn’t score again as the Aces closed on a 16-0 run.

Sue Bird had 11 points and nine assists for Seattle (5-1), which won its fifth straight game for the first time in six seasons. Loyd made five 3-pointers in the first quarter and tied a franchise record with 17 points.

A’ja Wilson scored 21 points for Las Vegas (0-4), which began a stretch of seven games in 12 days. Washington star Kelsey Plum attempted just one shot in 23 minutes in her return to Seattle.

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