Storm set WNBA record with 37 assists, beat Sky 111-100

Seattle also set a franchise record for goals in each half with 66 points in the first half

CHICAGO (AP) — Breanna Stewart had 25 points and nine rebounds, Gabby Williams added 21 points and seven assists, and the Seattle Storm set a WNBA record with 37 assists in a 111-100 win over Chicago Sky on Tuesday night.

Seattle also set a franchise record for goals in each half with 66 first-half points, but the Storm led by just 11 points after Chicago closed on a 13-4 run. The 121 combined points from the first half was the most in a first half this season in the WNBA.

Despite the loss, Chicago (25-9) is still in the driver’s seat to secure the No. 1 spot in the playoffs and sits 1 1/2 games ahead of second-place Las Vegas, who played later Tuesday night. Seattle (21-13) drew a game ahead of Washington for the No. 4 seed, and the Storm held the first-round tiebreaker with the Mystics for the home game.

Seattle led by as much as 22 points in the second half and hit the century mark in the fourth half with 4:50 left.

Jewell Loyd added 18 points for Seattle. Tina Charles had 14 points, Ezi Magbegor added 13 points, and Sue Bird had 10 points and eight assists.

Seattle scored nine of their first 11 field goals and shot 76.2% in the first quarter to build a 38-26 lead. The Storm hit the 50-point mark with 5:56 before halftime on Stephanie Talbot’s 3-pointer for a 17-point lead. Seattle ended the half in 28-for-42 shooting (66.7%) with 24 assists.

Courtney Vandersloot led Chicago with 28 points, going 10-of-15 from the field and 7-of-10 at the stripe and adding seven assists. Kahleah Copper scored 17 points, Candace Parker had 14 points, and Azura Stevens added 12.

Seattle was without head coach Noelle Quinn after she tested positive for COVID-19 and was on the league’s health and safety protocols.

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Emma Bowman

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