Seattle Storm Beat New York Liberty – Remaining Schedule
The Seattle Storm earned a really big win on the road on Wednesday night. They are still in position to improve their playoff seeding.
Breanna Stewart and the Seattle Storm were in New York on Wednesday night to face the Liberty. In a game that came from Madison Square Garden, the Storm surged on the road, scoring 102 points to beat the Liberty by 24. Seattle, despite just the 13-17 record, seem to be a team with a lot of upside to them as the regular season winds down.
The Storm may be a little below the radar as the post-season approaches, no doubt due to their poor overall record. However, they have won 4 of their last 6 games and certainly not just against the scrubs of the women’s association.
Seattle, on August 26th, beat the then front-running Los Angeles Sparks, the Storm beat the higher-ranked Atlanta Dream in Atlanta a few days ago, and now Seattle have a win over playoff-bound New York in the Liberty’s own building. With games against Washington, Los Angeles (at home), Phoenix, and Chicago (at home) upcoming over the next 11 days, the Storm have to be feeling great about maybe ending the season 16-18.
Seattle’s playoff chances have a lot to do with Breanna Stewart in my view, the rookie sensation out of UCONN. She’s 6th in the association in scoring and 2nd in rebounds.
True to form, on Wednesday she scored 23 points and had a team-high nine rebounds against the Liberty. She is the only player to win four NCAA national championships in basketball. Accordingly, don’t let it take you off guard if she’s delivering in the one-and-done scenarios that could be coming up in the first two rounds of the playoffs.
The new playoff format in the WNBA could really work for a team like Seattle. Getting up to fourth or fifth place seems like too tall of an order at the moment, however the Storm could still think about getting to sixth place. In the first round that would give them home-court advantage against the seventh seed, a game that the Storm could certainly win.
In a potential second round, Seattle would find themselves on the road against a higher-seeded team. However, in consideration of their road wins recently against supposedly better teams, Seattle cannot be written off to make the semifinal round.
The Storm’s next game is on Friday against the Washington Mystics from the Verizon Center (7pm ET). The game is really a must-win for both teams as they are both on the bubble.