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Loyd ties record, scores 37, Storm top Mercury to get bye

Jewell Loyd tied a WNBA record with 22 points in the first quarter and finished with a career-high 37 and the Storm secured a first-round bye in the WNBA playoffs.
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Seattle Storm's Jewell Loyd (24) shoots a WNBA basketball game's first basket, a two-point shot, over Phoenix Mercury's Brittney Griner during a WNBA basketball game Friday, Sept. 17, 2021, in Everett, Wash. (Dean Rutz/The Seattle Times via AP)

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — Jewell Loyd tied a WNBA record with 22 points in the first quarter and finished with a career-high 37 and the Seattle Storm secured a first-round bye in the WNBA playoffs with a 94-85 win over the Phoenix Mercury on Friday night.

 Loyd's 22 points came on 8-of-9 shooting, including all four of her 3-pointers, and she dished out three assists as the Storm took a 28-20 lead. 

She tied the record Diana Taurasi set in 2006 for points in a quarter and tied by Brittney Sykes in 2019 for most points in a quarter.  

Brittney Griner had 26 points and 13 rebounds for the Suns.