Seattle Storm Snap Four Game Losing Streak: Fan’s Take

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The Seattle Storm snapped a four-game losing streak in a 75-60 victory against the Chicago Sky on Tuesday, September 18. Four Storm players scored in the double digits: Ann Wauters scored 16 points, Katie Smith had 13, Ewelina Kobryn had 12 and Tina Thompson added 10 points.

The Storm were able to clinch the win despite their 19 turnovers. The Storm held the Sky to just over 32 percent shooting. The Storm pulled ahead by as many as 28 points in the game, while the Sky were never able to hold a lead.

Epiphanny Prince scored 21 points and Shay Murphy scored 12 for the Sky, who remain just one game behind the New York Liberty in their fight for the final spot in the Eastern Conference playoffs. The Sky have not made the playoffs since they joined the WNBA in 2006.

Thompson Hits Major Milestone

Thompson scored her 7,000th point in her career, becoming the first player to reach this milestone in the WNBA. Thompson joined the WNBA as the first overall draft pick in 1997, the league's inaugural season. She is the only WNBA player to compete in all 16 seasons. She played with the Houston Comets from 1997 until 2006, when she joined the Los Angeles Sparks. This season is her first playing with the Seattle Storm.

Sue Bird Returns to Lineup

Sue Bird returned after missing three games due to a strained hip flexor. She had four points and eight assists in more than 18 minutes of play. Lauren Jackson is still resting a strained hamstring and did not play. She expects to return to play in Friday's game against the San Antonio Silver Stars.

Although I was concerned about the Storm's four-game skid, I am encouraged now that Bird is back in the game and Jackson is scheduled to return. Even when she is not putting up big numbers on the scoreboard, she is able to ignite a fire under her teammates and get everyone involved. The Storm are definitely a different team when she is on the court, and I am excited to see her get her team fired up in the playoffs.

Anne Bucher has been a devoted follower of the WNBA since its inception in 1997. A Texas native, she cheered the Houston Comets on to their four consecutive championship titles. Now she lives in the Northwest and roots for the Seattle Storm.

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