Seattle Storm Cruise Past Washington Mystics

Playing without reigning MVP Lauren Jackson, the Seattle Storm found some sort of a relief after hammering out a 73-63 victory over the Washington Mystics on Sunday in Washington, recording their first win in the nation’s capital since the 2006-07 WNBA season.

Swin Cash stepped up once again as she finished with 19 points and seven rebounds, while Tanisha Wright and Sue Bird added 17 points apiece, with the latter adding five assists and three steals for Seattle, who have now won in three of their last four games to improve their record to 5-3 this season.

“We have a lot of players in here that can score, but for the most part we hang our hat on defense,” Bird said. “Our problem this season has been kind of scoring on the other end. We were able to get out in transition, get some easy looks.”

Seattle had a slow start but they managed to take a one-point lead, 18-17, at the end of the first period. And after gaining momentum in the opening period, the Storm took control of the game and led by nine at the half. The never looked back and continued to sizzle in the second half en route to a convincing win.

“We are a veteran team with a core group of players that were here last year when we won the championship,” Cash said. “We understand what it takes to get it done.”

Victoria Dunlap had 19 points and eight rebounds, while Matee Ajavon added 15 points and four assists for the Mystics, which played without star Crystal Langhorne, the team’s leading scorer.

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