Charles hits milestone in Storm’s 82-72 victory over Dream

SEATTLE (AP) — Tina Charles scored 27 points to become the fourth player in WNBA history to reach the top 7,000 in her career, and the Seattle Storm beat the Atlanta Dream 82-72 on Sunday.

Charles, who signed with Seattle (18-10) on June 28, sank 9 of 13 shots – including 4 of 7 from 3-point range. She added 15 rebounds for her second straight double-double. Charles, with 7,013 points on the all-time list, is behind only Diana Taurasi (9,651, active), Tina Thompson (7,488), and Tamika Catchings (7,380).

Charles had 20 points and 10 rebounds in the first half to help Seattle pull away from a 19-19 first-quarter draw and take a 41-34 lead at the break. Charles sank 7 of 8 shots, including 4 of 5 from 3-point range, in the half.

League leader Brianna Stewart scored 11 of her 23 points in the third quarter and Epiphanny Prince buried a 3-pointer in the last minute as Seattle led 63-53 into the final third and stayed ahead. Stewart added 10 rebounds, four assists, three blocks and two steals.

Rhyne Howard — the No. 1 draft pick this year — led Atlanta (12-16) with 23 points, but she only made 9 of 30 shots, including 4 of 14 from long range. Cheyenne Parker and Tiffany Hayes each scored 12 points. Naz Hillmon added nine points and 14 rebounds. Charles hits milestone in Storm’s 82-72 victory over Dream

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