A 12-0 run midway through the first quarter helped the Seattle Storm build a 16-point advantage over the New York Liberty in the third matchup between the two teams. The Liberty (7-26) battled back to briefly seize the lead in the third quarter, but the Storm (25-8) thwarted the comeback attempt with an 85-77 victory at KeyArena on Friday night.
The Liberty were down to just eight active players for the fourth consecutive game, but leading scorer Tina Charles made her return to the lineup after a one-game absence. The veteran finished with a team-high 21 points, her fifth straight game with at least 20. She made 10 of her 16 attempts from the field, good for a 62.5 percent conversion rate.
Kiah Stokes secured her first double-double of the season in the contest, grabbing a career-high 15 rebounds in addition to a season-high 10 points. It was her fourth double digit rebounding performance in her past five appearances. With her seventh board, the fourth-year pro surpassed Teresa Weatherspoon to move into sixth in franchise history on the glass.
Sugar Rodgers and Brittany Boyd finished in double figures as well, finishing with 12 and 11 points, respectively. All of Rodgers’ scoring came in the fourth quarter, when she drained four of her looks from behind the arc.
The Liberty defense was disruptive, forcing 19 Seattle turnovers, but it was not enough to end their 12 game skid. They will look to end their season on a high note when they face the Phoenix Mercury on Sunday. The matchup is set to begin at 6:00 p.m. (ET) at the Talking Stick Resort Arena.
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