Lloyd has 26, dispatches Storm over Aces in WNBA Semifinal opener

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Jewell Lloyd scored 26 points, including Seattle’s last six, and the Storm beat the Las Vegas Aces 76-73 on Sunday to take a 1-0 lead in the WNBA Semifinals.

Lloyd made a free throw with 1:16 remaining and then a jumper for a three-point lead with 34 seconds remaining before the Storm held on in Game 1 of the best-of-five series. She had 10 of Seattle’s 16 points in the…

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — Jewell Lloyd scored 26 points, including Seattle’s last six, and the Storm beat the Las Vegas Aces 76-73 on Sunday to take a 1-0 lead in the WNBA Semifinals.

Lloyd made a free throw with 1:16 remaining and then a jumper for a three-point lead with 34 seconds remaining before the Storm held on in Game 1 of the best-of-five series. She had 10 of Seattle’s 16 points in the fourth quarter.

Associated Press MVP Breanna Stewart had 24 points and six rebounds for fourth-seeded Storm, while Tina Charles added 13 points and 18 rebounds. Sue Bird had 12 assists.

Chelsea Gray scored 21 points for the top-ranked Aces. Kelsey Plum added 20 points but missed a tying 3-point attempt with 2.9 seconds left.

Jackie Young finished with 11 points, but Aces star A’ja Wilson had just eight on 3-for-10 shooting.

Seattle controlled much of the game, leading the first 3½ quarters after building a 12-point lead in the first half.

Las Vegas didn’t take advantage of its first lead until the fourth quarter, when veteran goaltender Riquna Williams 3-pointer from the corner made it 65-64 with 6:09 remaining.

The Storm wasted no time attacking early, as they built a 15-4 lead midway through the first quarter. Seattle got a balanced score, with five players contributing, including Ezi Magbegor coming off the bench to add four.

Las Vegas struggled to find any sort of rhythm, as a pop-and-shot approach left them with a paltry 5-of-18 (27.8%) shooting performance in the first quarter. Wilson and Plum both went scoreless as the Storm held a 26-15 lead after one.

The Aces responded with a much better defensive effort and seemed to be much more comfortable attacking the rim to get back into the game.

Led by Wilson, the Aces used a 12-4 run to cut Seattle’s lead to 30-27. Stewart took over from there, scoring nine of his team’s points on a 13-9 run late in the quarter to send the Storm into the locker room with a 43-36 lead at halftime. time.

GUCCI LINE

The stars came out for the series opener, joining Aces owner Mark Davis and Raiders tight end Darren Waller home games all season. Also in attendance were Women’s Basketball Hall of Famer Ann Meyers Drysdale, Raiders coach Josh McDaniels, Los Angeles Clippers coach Ty Lue, Trail Blazers goaltender Damian Lillard, UFC President Dana White, Golden Knights goaltender Logan Thompson and Governor Steve Sisolak.

NEXT:

The Storm and Aces will play Game 2 in Las Vegas on Wednesday.

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