Loyd, Howard help Storm beat Wings 78-64, clinch No. 6 seed

The Associated Press

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Natasha Howard and Jewell Loyd combined to score 30 of their 38 points in the first half and the Seattle Storm beat the Dallas Wings 78-64 on Sunday, helping them clinch the No. 6 seed in playoffs.

The Storm, the defending champions, will host No. 7 seed Minnesota in a single-elimination first-round game on Wednesday. The Lynx lost at Los Angeles and the Storm have the tiebreaker between the two teams.

Seattle has won three in a row overall, and four straight at home, against the Lynx.

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Howard had 16 of her 22 points in the first half and and Loyd had 14 of her 16 before the break.

Seattle (18-16) shot 53.1% (17 of 32) from the field in the first half while limiting the Wings to 8-of-29 (28.6%) percent and forcing 10 Wings turnovers to take a 44-26 lead into the break and Dallas trailed by at least 14 the rest of the way.

Arike Ogunbowale led the Wings (10-24) with 25 points to finish the season with 630, the third-highest rookie scoring total in WNBA history.

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