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WNBA Wrap: Storm blows over Minnesota

Three games highlighted the WNBA on Wednesday night and saw wins for the Seattle Storm, Phoenix Mercury and Chicago Sky.

Natasha Howard scored a career-high 33 points, Sami Whitcomb made five of Seattle's 12 three-pointers and the Seattle Storm closed the game on a 10-0 run to beat the Minnesota Lynx 90-79.

The Storm led 78-66 with 6:25 left until the Lynx made three-pointers on its next three possessions to pull within three. Minnesota got as close as 80-79, but Seattle answered with 10 straight points, highlighted by Whitcomb's drive and no-look pass to Alysha Clark.

Whitcomb had 15 points and eight assists and Clark added 12 points and seven rebounds. Seattle has won a season-high three straight games without stars Breanna Stewart, Sue Bird and Jewell Loyd.

The Storm opened the game on a 15-4 run as the Lynx made just two of its first eight shots. Seattle led 26-16 after the first quarter and 40-30 at halftime behind 25 combined points from Howard and Whitcomb.

Sylvia Fowles had 16 points and seven rebounds for Minnesota. Danielle Robinson had a 14-point, 10-assist doubled-double and added four steals.

In other Wednesday night games, the Phoenix Mercury beat the Dallas Wings 69-64 on the back of Brittney Griner’s 23 points and seven rebounds, while the Chicago Sky defeated the Atlanta Dream 77-76 on Diamond DeShields’ 22 points, eight rebounds and four assists.

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