WNBA: Storm rout Sparks behind Breanna Stewart’s 23 points

Breanna Stewart scored 23 points and  the Seattle Storm routed the Los Angeles Sparks 106-69 on Thursday night. The Storm star scored 19 of her 23 points in the first half and led his team to a comfortable victory.

Tina Charles added 18 points for Seattle (15-8). Jewell Loyd had 16 points and seven assists. Ezi Magbegor finished with 10 points and 11 rebounds, while the Storm shot 64.6 percent from the field and made 8 of 17 from 3-point range.

Jewell Loyd scored 16 and registered seven assists on 5-of-11 shooting for the Storm. Lexie Brown had 16 points for Los Angeles (10-12). The Sparks were coming off three wins in the row before the Thursday’s night defeat.

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Diana Taurasi and Sophie Cunningham each scored 23 points and the Phoenix Mercury beat the New York Liberty 84-81. Skylar Diggins-Smith hit four free throws in the final 22.6 seconds for Phoenix (10-14).

Diggins-Smith finished with 13 points and nine assists, and Shey Peddy had 13 points and four steals. Despite the close-fought battle, the Mercury never trailed in the game as they led wire-to-wire.

Sabrina Ionescu led New York (9-13) with 22 points and 10 rebounds. Natasha Howard and Stefanie Dolson each scored 16 points.

Emma Meesseman scored 20 points and the Chicago Sky beat the Indiana Fever 93-84 on Thursday night to secure home court for the WNBA Commissioner’s Cup game. Julie Allemand beat the third-quarter buzzer with a long 3-pointer to extend Chicago’s lead to 77-57.

Indiana scored 18 of the opening 27 points of the fourth, but Chicago held on. Azura Stevens scored 16 points and Allie Quigley added 13 for Chicago. Courtney Vandersloot had seven points and six assists.

Kelsey Mitchell scored 27 points and rookie NaLyssa Smith had her sixth double-double with 20 points and 11 rebounds for Indiana (5-19). Candace Parker had 12 points, nine rebounds and five assists for the Sky.

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