Storm secure No. 4 seed, spoil Fowles’ home finale for Lynx

Jewell Loyd set a franchise record with her 73rd 3-pointer of the season, passing Sue Bird’s 72nd in 2016.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Tina Charles had 23 points and nine rebounds, Jewell Loyd had 21 points and the Seattle Storm secured fourth place in the WNBA playoffs and spoiled Sylvia Fowles with a 96-69 win over the Minnesota Lynx on Friday night ‘ last home game of the regular season.

Seattle (22-13), who closes the season against first-place seed Las Vegas on Sunday, will host a first-round series against the Washington Mystics next week. Minnesota (14-21) plays Connecticut on Sunday in hopes of finishing last in the playoffs.

Fowles, who helped Minnesota win two WNBA titles, is stepping down as the league’s career leader in field goal percentage, rebounds and double-doubles. Fowles came out of the game with two minutes to go after recording another double-double and the umpires paused to allow the crowd to give her a standing ovation. Fowles was also celebrated during a ceremony after the game.

“At the start of this season, I didn’t want any of that attention, but as the season has progressed I’ve realized how much love and appreciation these fans have for me in this league and I never want to take that for granted,” an emotionally after Fowles said the game. “So thank you guys for everything you’ve done throughout my career. It was a fantastic ride and I appreciate you all.”

Seattle took a 30-10 lead in the first quarter and was 45-28 at halftime. Charles had 14 points in the first half, Loyd added 12, and Breanna Stewart had 10 points and eight rebounds. Seattle led 89-59 with three minutes left.

Stewart finished the tournament with 16 points and 10 rebounds and Briann January added 11 points for Seattle. Loyd set a franchise record with her 73rd 3-pointer of the season, passing Sue Bird’s 72 in 2016.

Chicken. overtaking Rebekkah Brunson for first on Minnesota’s rebounds list, finished the tournament with 13 points and 12 rebounds for Minnesota. Aerial Powers scored 12 of their 18 points in the fourth quarter and Bridget Carleton added 11 points.

Seattle coach Noelle Quinn returned after being on the league’s health and safety protocols after testing positive for COVID-19.

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Emma Bowman

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