Jewell Loyd powers Storm to lopsided win over Wings

Jewell Loyd poured in 26 points in 25 minutes to lead the Seattle Storm to a convincing 95-71 victory over the visiting Dallas Wings on Monday night to wrap up a two-game set.

Nneka Ogwumike had 14 points and Ezi Magbegor added 12 as the Storm (13-6) won for the 12th time in their past 15 games. Seattle improved to 4-0 on a nine-game homestand and has won its past eight home games.

Dallas star Arike Ogunbowale scored 21 points for her 16th 20-point outing of the campaign but couldn’t prevent the Wings (4-15) from losing for the 13th time in their last 14 games. Natasha Howard had 15 points and Odyssey Sims added 12 for Dallas.

Loyd scored 56 points over a two-game span as Seattle won the back-to-back games with Dallas by an average of 22.5 points. Loyd had 30 points when Seattle rolled to a 97-76 victory on Saturday.

Over the past three games, Loyd is averaging 30 points.

Seattle shot 45.1 percent from the field, including 8 of 25 from 3-point range.

The Wings made 41.9 percent of their attempts and were 4 of 17 from behind the arc. Ogunbowale had five steals.

Seattle led by eight at halftime before outscoring Dallas 34-13 in the third quarter to turn the contest into a rout.

Loyd scored the final 10 points of a 15-2 surge as the Storm opened up a 60-39 advantage with 5:02 left in the third quarter. She made two treys during the run and had 13 points overall in the period.

Victoria Vivians capped the big quarter with a 3-pointer with 8.1 seconds left as Seattle took a 79-50 lead into the final stanza.

The lead topped out at 31 on a layup by Mercedes Russell early in the fourth quarter.
Loyd had 13 first-half points as Seattle led 45-37 at the break. Howard had 10 in the half for the Wings.

Dallas led 20-19 after the opening quarter before the Storm opened the second period with a 12-2 burst. The margin reached 10 for the first time on Loyd’s three-point play with 3:50 left in the half.

–Field Level Media