Seattle is one step closer to a fourth WNBA title after topping Las Vegas 104-91 in game two of the Finals
Seattle is just one game away from another WNBA championship
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With consecutive victories to start the WNBA Finals, the Seattle Storm forced a win-or-go-home situation for the Las Vegas Aces. With a 104-91 victory Sunday afternoon in game two of the best-of-five series, Seattle is just one win away from earning a fourth championship for the franchise.
Five Storm players finished in double figures, and the team dished out a WNBA Finals-record 33 assists in the win.
“All year long, we have been a high-assist team,” Storm head coach Gary Kloppenburg said. “It’s just the way we play and move the ball.”
The assist record comes after veteran Storm point guard Sue Bird set the playoffs and Finals record for assists in a contest in game one on Friday with 16. Sunday, the Storm came out strong shooting 70.6% from the field, giving them a 31-24 lead after the first quarter.
The second quarter was a more even contest with both teams shooting about 50 percent. However, the Storm maintained the lead and had a 48-42 advantage at the half.
While the third quarter was also an evenly matched contest, the Aces entered the last quarter in a deficit as Seattle led 75-68. The Storm sealed the game in the fourth period, outscoring Las Vegas 29-23 for the win.
Breanna Stewart led Seattle with 22 points, four rebounds, and five assists. Natasha Howard and Alysha Clark scored 21 points each. Howard also grabbed eight rebounds. Clark had five rebounds and six assists. Bird continued her prolific output with a double-double of 16 points and ten assists. Jordin Canada came off the bench for 10 points.
League MVP A’ja Wilson paced the Aces with 20 points plus seven rebounds. Angel McCoughtry and Emma Cannon contributed 17 points each; McCoughtry also pulled down eight rebounds while Cannon earned five. Kayla McBride was also in double figures with 14 points plus five assists. Danielle Robinson had a season-high ten assists.
Game three is set for Tuesday at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. ESPN will broadcast the game.
“This is Game 3,” Stewart said of the upcoming contest. “This is our moment to really finish the series and take home the championship. We’re going to continue to be sharp, be better than what we were in game one and game two, and then leave it all on the court.”