Photo Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke – Newsday
Legendary point guard Sue Bird passed former teammate Lauren Jackson for most career field goals made in franchise history on Wednesday night, as the Storm fell to Los Angeles, by a score of 68-60, to open up the second half of the WNBA season.
Bird’s record-setting FG snapped a 7-0 run that the Sparks had been on in the third quarter.
The 15-year veteran was a major reason that the Storm were able to come back in the third quarter to make it a game again. As Seattle outscored the Spark by six in the third quarter to cut LA’s lead to five heading into the final frame. Unfortunately, Bird’s efforts were not enough as Los Angeles won the game 68-60.
This game was another example of how cold shooting from beyond the arc will doom the Storm’s offense; as the team hit 23.8% of their shots from the floor. Bird was unfortunately the coldest shooter from three-point range as she only went 1-8 from beyond the arc; the rest of the team went 4-13. Poor three point shooting wasn’t the only way Seattle’s offense shot itself in the foot, as the young team turned the ball over in 18.1% of their offensive possessions.
For a team that was hoping to earn its second straight playoff berth, despite being in the middle of a rebuild, their current 3-7 record in their last ten games has been disastrous. Currently Seattle is sitting in ninth place and one game behind Chicago — which currently holds the last playoff spot.
If the Storm are going to make it into the playoffs, they’re going to have to figure out their road woes — Seattle is 2-6 outside of the Emerald City. Seattle’s next game is a home game against Dallas at 7 PM (PT).