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WNBA: Storm, Dream look to return to their winning ways

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The Seattle Storm and the Atlanta Dream will look to get back on a winning track Wednesday when they meet at Atlanta.

The Storm (7-2) had their six-game winning streak snapped Sunday, losing the second of two games over the weekend against the visiting Dallas Wings.

Atlanta (4-4) lost its two games at the Minnesota Lynx on Friday and Sunday after entering the weekend on a four-game winning streak.

Seattle went from the high of Jewell Loyd burying a 3-pointer at the buzzer in a win Friday over Dallas to losing when it could not get a shot to fall after a timeout was called with 0.7 seconds left.

It was the first defeat in nearly three weeks for the Storm, who led by double digits in the first half.

“The last plays of a game, I get why we talk about them, but in this particular game, that’s not the story,” said Sue Bird, who finished with 13 points, seven rebounds and five assists. “In the moments where we had them, where we were up double digits, that’s the moment. When you let a team back in and allow them to build some energy, that’s when you’re in trouble.

“And that’s when you have to step on the gas even more. That right now is definitely an area of growth for us.”

Loyd’s buzzer-beater Friday helped her to be named Western Conference Player of the Week. In three games last week, Loyd averaged 22.7 points, 4.7 assists and 3.3 rebounds per game.

Atlanta battled Minnesota close in the first game but lost 86-84. The Dream, playing without injured Chennedy Carter (elbow injury), lost 100-80 to the Lynx on Sunday.

Tiffany Hayes had 21 points and Courtney Williams added 13 points with five assists and five rebounds in the second game.

The reserves were the story in Sunday’s loss with rookie Aari McDonald, Cheyenne Parker and Crystal Bradford combining for 39 points, led by McDonald achieving her second consecutive 15-point performance.

“Aari doesn’t usually disappoint with energy,” Atlanta interim head coach Mike Petersen said. “I thought her energy was really good the whole time. And you could see that when she first came in, in the first half, we immediately got a little jolt.”

–Field Level Media

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