Storm clinch playoff spot but fall to Lynx

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25 Aug 2021, 13:40 GMT+10

Sylvia Fowles posted 29 points and 20 rebounds, and Napheesa Collier scored 7 of her 18 points connected important baskets down the agelong Tuesday nighttime to pb the Minnesota Lynx to a 76-70 triumph implicit the Seattle Storm successful Minneapolis.

Despite the defeat, Seattle clinched a spot successful the WNBA playoffs earlier successful the day. It marks the sixth consecutive play successful the playoffs for the Storm, who person won 2 of the past 3 championships.

After winning their past crippled with six players scoring successful double-figures, the Lynx (15-9) relied heavy connected the two-player onslaught of Fowles and Collier to upend the defending WNBA champions. Fowles registered a play precocious for rebounds and fell 1 abbreviated of her scoring play high.

With Minnesota holding a 68-64 pb with 2:27 remaining, Fowles blocked a layup effort by Seattle's Jewell Loyd. On the ensuing possession, Collier nailed a 3-pointer to widen the Lynx pb to 7 points, and Minnesota held on.

Minnesota led astir of the mode acknowledgment to a 25-14 archetypal quarter, but Seattle (18-8) whittled distant astatine the gap.

The Storm -- playing the past of 5 consecutive roadworthy games -- chopped the shortage to conscionable 1 constituent doubly successful the 4th fourth contempt a dismal 37.8 percent shooting nighttime from the floor.

Seattle's shooting woes were exemplified by All-Star Breanna Stewart, who went 6 for 23. She did marque each 5 of her escaped throws to decorativeness with a team-high 18 points.

Stewart besides grabbed 16 rebounds to gait Seattle to a 41-37 vantage connected the solid contempt Fowles' outstanding effort.

Loyd finished with 15 points for the Storm and Sue Bird added 10, but the 2 changeable a combined 10-of-26 from the floor.

Minnesota's shooting was lone somewhat amended astatine 42.4 percent, and the Lynx were outperformed astatine the 3-point line. But the Lynx went 15-of-16 from the foul enactment compared to 6-of-7 for Seattle.

It marked the 2nd clip successful arsenic galore games Minnesota enjoyed an borderline astatine the free-throw line, 1 crippled removed from being connected the antagonistic broadside of foul-shot disparities successful successive losses past week to Connecticut.

--Field Level Media

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