SEATTLE (AP) - Sue Bird and Tanisha Wright scored 16 points each and the Seattle Storm rallied from 10 down in the second half to beat the Washington Mystics 82-76 on Tuesday night.
Swin Cash and Lauren Jackson added 14 points each to help the
Storm improve to 4-0 for the first time in franchise history.
After trailing by 10 late in the third quarter, Seattle went on
a 31-10 run to take a 72-61 lead on Wright's 3-pointer with 3:11 to
The Mystics rallied to plull within three on Currie's runner off
the backboard about 2 minutes later, but Bird made six free throws
in the final 33 seconds to secure the Storm's win.
Camille Little's jumper with 1 minute left in the third quarter
started Seattle's 10-0 run and Svetlana Abrosima capped it with a
3-pointer to tie the score at 51-all with 8:35 to go in the fourth.
Bird made a 3 about 2 minutes later to give the Storm a 60-57
lead - their first since midway through the first quarter - and
they never trailed again. Jackson scored seven consecutive points,
including four free throws and a 3-pointer to push Seattle's
advantage to 67-59 with 4:46 left.
After Wright's 3 gave the Storm a double-digit lead, Harding and
Currie scored four points each during the Mystics' 10-2 run that
pulled them to 74-71 with 1:09 to go.
After going scoreless in the first half, Little had 11 points in
the third quarter to keep the Mystics from pulling away and helping
the Storm rally after Currie's free throws gave Washington a 51-41
lead with 1½ minutes left in the quarter.
Marissa Coleman made consecutive 3s to cap the Mystics' 15-2
that gave them an 11-point lead in the opening minute of the second
quarter. Washington scored seven consecutive points, including five
by Crystal Langhorne, to take a 33-18 lead with 3:44 to go in the
Wright made two free throws in the final minute of the first
half to cut the Mystics' lead to 38-27 at the break.