MINNEAPOLIS — Natasha Howard scored a career-best 33 points on 12-of-21 shooting to lead the Seattle Storm to a 90-79 victory over the Minnesota Lynx on Wednesday night, July 17.
Howard also had seven rebounds and three blocked shots in her second game since being accused of domestic violence by her wife. Howard denied the allegations in a statement on Tuesday.
Sami Whitcomb scored 15 points on five 3-pointers and also had eight assists for Seattle, which won its third straight game. Jordin Canada and Alysha Clark added 12 points apiece for the Storm (11-8).
Lexie Brown scored 20 points on 8-of-11 shooting for the Lynx (10-8). Sylvia Fowles tallied 16 points, Danielle Robinson contributed 14 points, 10 assists and four steals, and Stephanie Talbot added 10 points.
Seattle shot 53.2 percent from the field, including 12 of 25 from 3-point range.
Minnesota made 42.1 percent of its shots and was 7 of 20 from behind the arc.
The Storm saw a 21-point lead dwindle to one before closing the game with a 10-0 run.
Brown drained consecutive 3-pointers, Odyssey Sims buried one of her own, and Napheesa Collier connected on a 17-footer as the Lynx scored 11 straight points to pull within 78-77 with 4:12 remaining.
Howard ended the Seattle drought with an inside basket with 3:53 to go.
Howard got the roll on another close-range shot, and Clark added a layup to give the Storm an 84-79 edge with two minutes left. Howard hit two free throws to push the margin to seven 32 seconds later.
Shavonte Zellous sank two free throws to make it 88-79 with 1:02 left, and Howard added two more with 57.6 seconds to go to push the lead to 11 and seal the win. Seattle led by 10 at halftime but stretched the edge to 68-47 on a 3-pointer by Clark with 3:07 remaining in the third. The Storm took a 71-54 lead into the final stanza.
Whitcomb’s fifth 3-pointer of the contest gave Seattle a 76-60 advantage with 8:05 left.
Howard had 13 points in the first half, and the Storm led 50-40 at the break.
Seattle led 21-8 before the game was seven minutes old and led 26-16 after the opening quarter.
Clark drained a 3-pointer to give the Storm a 40-25 advantage with 4:09 remaining in the half.