The aptly named Storm of Seattle are now just one victory away from what would then be the Washington State team’s fourth title. They imposed themselves beautifully in the second game of the series against the girls of Las Vegas on Sunday (104-91).
33 assists, record broken
In this second victory, the teammates of veteran Sue Bird, who is in her seventeenth season, set a new record in assists, finishing at thirty-three assists! A performance to which Sue Bird largely contributed, the leader of the Storm finishing on a magnificent double-double (16 pts at 6/9 and 10 assists).
The collective superiority of Seattle, with five players who finished in double-doubles, was notably driven by the efficiency of Breanna Stewart (22 pts including 5/8 at 3 points), Natasha Howard (21pts, 8 rebounds), and the influence of LDLC player Asvel, Alysha Clark (21 pts, 4 rebounds, 6 assists).
The Seattle girls were particularly skillful, shooting overall at 57% success, with a good performance at three points (12 out of 26, or 46.2% success).
It was too much for the defense of the Las Vegas Aces, who lost despite the 20 points and 7 rebounds of MVP Aja Wilson, and a good presence from Angel Mc Coughtry (17 pts, 8 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 int.). Note that the Vegas girls only went to the throwing line five times, which made their coach Bill Laimbeer scream.
“We were not favored by the referees this (Sunday) evening. They go more often than us on the throwing line and yet they are a team of jump-shooters? Please ! “, he commented at a press conference.
Game 3 will take place on Tuesday.