Stewart leads Storm to Game 2 win over Aces
The Seattle Storm beat the Las Vegas Aces 104-91 in Game 2 of the WNBA Finals, taking a 2-0 lead in the series and they now need one more win to clinch the WNBA title. The Storm had three players score at least 20 points: Breanna Stewart had 22 and Alysha Clark and Natasha Howard each had 21. The Storm will try to win their fourth title with a victory in Game 3 on Tuesday night. It was Stewart’s fifth consecutive 20-point game in WNBA Finals, spanning back to the 2018 season.
Breanna Stewart spoke about the determination of her team and the focus they have on winning every game, “Our mentality is just to kind of keep our foot on the gas, knowing that especially in a series like this, a team, if you give them any chance to come back, then they will. We want to continue to kind of do what we need to do, have a complete game and really, like I said, leave it all out on the court.”
The Aces yet again fell short of matching the Storm and although current MVP A’ja Wilson had 20 points to lead Las Vegas it wasn’t enough. Veteran star Angel McCoughtry and Emma Cannon added 17 each in the Ace’s loss. The Los Vegas franchise will need to improve in Game 3 in order to keep their dreams alive. Wilson is aware of this and wants her team to keep battling, “I think the biggest thing we need to adjust on is taking care of the basketball. I think if we cut back on our turnovers, we'll be right there. I think that's the biggest thing, and of course it's harder with the Seattle defence. But then at the same time it's a lot on us. I think there's a lot of things within our locker room that we need to just adjust and just communicate with one another. I think we're all just kind of assuming. But at the end of the day if we communicate and take care of the basketball, we're right there.”
Aces Head Coach Bill Laimbeer echoed the sentiment and was keen for his side to understand the dire nature of their position, “We know we're in a win-or-go-home situation again. We've been there, done that already twice. Just staying within yourself, stay within our system, our schemes, work with each other. Can't make the mistake. That's the biggest thing in this series so far is we made way too many mistakes against a quality basketball team, and you can't do that.”