Breanna Stewart bounced back from a rare off-game with a team-high 21 points Friday night as the WNBA-leading Seattle Storm cruised to an 83-65 win over the struggling Dallas Wings in Bradenton, Fla.
Held to seven points on Wednesday night, just the sixth game in her pro career where she didn't score in double figures, Stewart canned 9 of 12 field goal attempts. She added six rebounds and three assists as Seattle upped its mark to 9-1.
Alysha Clark chipped in 15 points and Jewell Loyd scored 12 for the Storm, which shot nearly 46 percent from the field and controlled the glass 46-37. It was their seventh straight victory since an 89-71 loss July 30 to Washington.
Arike Ogunbowale pumped in a game-high 22 points to pace Dallas (3-7), while Allisha Gray and reserve Marina Mabrey each scored 13. But the Wings, missing two starters with injury (Satou Sabally, back; Moriah Jefferson, hamstring), couldn't find consistent traction offensively. They hit only 32.4 percent of their field-goal attempts.
Seattle came out of the blocks quickly, establishing a 15-4 lead less than five minutes into the game as Sue Bird teed up Stewart for a 3-pointer from the left wing. The margin reached as high as 13 points before the Storm settled for a 27-16 advantage after 10 minutes.
Dallas' one good stretch of basketball came in the second quarter, when it clamped down defensively and sliced its deficit to 35-31 when Ogunbowale stole the ball from Stewart and converted a layup with 2:53 left in the period.
However, Stewart more than made up for that mistake by ripping off the half's last nine points over the final 2:41. Her 25-footer from the right wing with 26.6 seconds left enabled Seattle to take a 44-31 cushion to intermission.
Another late run by the Storm put the game away in the third quarter. They scored the period's last eight points, with Jordin Canada canning a 20-footer with 3.1 seconds remaining to up the margin to 63-43.
--Field Level Media