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The Seattle Storm played their latest game without Tanisha Wright, so perhaps it wasn't surprising that it was a failure to guard the perimeter that ultimately cost them in an overtime defeat.

Few teams have had much trouble defending Seattle's next opponent.

The Storm still would prefer to have the four-time All-WNBA defender available Sunday night when they host the Washington Mystics in a game that may not feature many easy baskets.

Wright had a season-high 24 points at Tulsa on June 15, but a 36-23 rebounding deficit cost Seattle (5-9) in an 85-79 loss to close out a 2-2 road trip.

Being back home for just their fourth game at KeyArena figured to give the Storm a boost, but Wright sat out Thursday's contest against San Antonio with a bruised knee and her absence was noticeable - particularly at the finish.

Seattle rallied from a nine-point fourth-quarter deficit to take a lead on Sue Bird's 3-pointer with 44.8 seconds left, but Danielle Adams got loose for the tying 3 with 6.5 seconds left and the Stars went on to win 87-82 in overtime.

"We've been through this many times with various people," coach Brian Agler said. "Tanisha at times, Sue, Lauren (Jackson). We've had people out so that's not an excuse for us. We're a team. It's not a one-person show, so we've got to find a way to get it done."

Wright is considered day to day.

The Storm found a way to get it done in the nation's capital May 24, winning 73-65 while holding the Mystics (5-8) to 36.9 percent shooting. Bird led the way with 16 points, Camille Little had 15 and Wright added 14.

Then again, holding Washington's offense down has been a pretty regular hobby for the league's other 11 clubs. The Mystics are shooting 41.1 percent from the field - 11th in the league - and a dreadful 29.0 percent from beyond the arc to rank last in that category.

They've been held to 67.9 points in losing six of their last seven, most recently shooting 35.9 percent in a 75-65 loss at Minnesota on Friday. Washington missed 18 of its 23 3-point attempts.

"We're awful right now," coach Mike Thibault said. "We have good 3-point shooters who are not making shots. ... Teams right now have decided they're going to make us shoot those shots."

Seattle, despite hitting 43.1 percent from the field, is the league's lowest-scoring team at 70.4 per game.

Though Bird had 23 points Thursday after Wright's big effort June 15, neither of these teams has been able to regularly count on big individual efforts offensively. Crystal Langhorne leads the Storm with 12.1 points per game, while Ivory Latta paces the Mystics at an average of just 11.0.

No Washington player has scored more than 17 since Bria Hartley's 20-point effort in a 92-84 win over Los Angeles on June 1 - and that took three overtimes.

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