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Storm lose first game, 89-71 to the Mystics

Half of Seattle’s points came off the bench, with 35 of 71 points coming from reserves.
Credit: AP
Washington Mystics guard Shey Peddy, left, (10) drives against Seattle Storm guard Jordin Canada (21) during the first half of a WNBA basketball game Thursday, July 30, 2020, in Bradenton, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

BRADENTON, Fla. –The Seattle Storm (2-1) led the the Washington Mystics (3-0) 2-0 Thursday afternoon.  Seattle never led again.  Ariel Atkins scored 11 points in the first quarter, 22 for the game, including five three-pointers, to lead the Mystics to an 89-71 win. 

Breanna Stewart went for a second consecutive double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds, but was the only Storm starter to score more than six points.  Sami Whitcomb came off the bench for 11 points, shooting 57% from the field.

In the first half, the Mystics drained ten threes, shooting 62.5% from beyond the arc.   The Mystics were up 50-32 at the half. The 18-point deficit stretched to 25 points in the second half. 

Up next for the Storm is the Los Angeles Sparks on Saturday, August 1.