Seattle Storm defeat Las Vegas in WNBA Finals opener.
Seattle Storm defeat Las Vegas in WNBA Finals opener. Image Credits : Twitter (@seattlestorm)

The Seattle Storm’s lead down to two with a quarter left, Breanna Stewart took over.
Stewart scored 37 points, including 11 to start the fourth quarter, to help the Seattle Storm beat the Las Vegas Aces 93-80 in Game 1 of the WNBA Finals on Friday night.
She also added 15 rebounds and for blocks. She was a point short of the WNBA Finals record set by Angel McCoughtry. She scored the first 11 points of the period to restore a double-digit advantage and finished with 15 in the quarter. The 2018 MVP, who missed last season due to a torn Achilles’ tendon, hit three three-pointers in the game-changing burst.
Jewell Loyd added 28 points and Sue Bird had a WNBA playoff-record 16 assists. Sue Bird had 10 assists in the first half to also break that playoff record. Game 2 will be a best-of-five series on Sunday.
McCoughtry scored 20 points to Las Vegas, which was playing in the WNBA Finals for the first time since the franchise moved to the Nevada City three years ago. The team was in the finals in 2008 when it was located in San Antonio. A’ja Wilson, the league’s MVP, added 19 points.
Seattle is trying to become the third team to win four titles, joining Houston and Minnesota. The Storm were champions in 2004, 2010, and 2018.
Storm trailed by 34-31 with 6:26 left in the second quarter before going on a 26-6 run to close the second half. Stewart and Loyd combined for 17 points during that spurt as Seattle scored the first 14 points in the burst.
Seattle increased the lead to 19 to start the third quarter, but the Aces rallied with a huge run of their own to tie it at 67 just before the end of the quarter.
Aces coach Bill Laimbeer said that they came out flat, worked so hard to come back into the game, it took a lot out of them.