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Seattle Storm Gut Out First Home Win Vs. Indiana Fever, Improve To 2-3 In Front Of A Record Crowd

By Brenden Potts, 05/23/24, 12:45PM CDT


Jewell Loyd & Lexie Hull

The Seattle Storm grinded out a home win against the Indiana Fever, in front of a sold out, record crowd at Climate Pledge Arena. The Storm won 85-83 to improve their record to 2-3, while the Fever are 0-5 and still looking for their first win. Leading the scoring for Seattle was Jewell Loyd, who scored 32 points, to go along with 11 rebounds and six assists. Nneka Ogwumike returned after a two game absence from a sprained ankle and scored 22 points, while also grabbing nine rebounds. Ezi Magbegor also had a near double double, scoring 14 points, nine rebounds, and three blocks in the win. Sami Whitcomb provided her toughness from off the bench, and it paid off in the end as she scored 10 points including a momentum shifting three-pointer to start the fourth quarter. Rookie guard Nika Mühl made her debut after missing the start of the season due to Visa approval complications, and she recorded only two rebounds in three minutes. Caitlin Clark had a near triple-double as she scored 21 points, seven rebounds and seven assists in the loss. Kelsey Mitchell also became a key piece for the Fever as she scored 17 points in 32 minutes. Nalyssa Smith had a double-double for Indiana, scoring 16 points, and grabbing 11 rebounds. Aliyah Boston, who was drafted first overall in the 2023 WNBA draft, only played 15 minutes while scoring four points.

Game Notes

Seattle had only nine turnovers in the win, improving from their previous season-low of 17.

Loyd scored a season-high 32 points, which makes it her 22nd career game with 30+ points. That's also ranked seventh most in WNBA history.

The attendance was a sellout at 18,343 people. It was the largest crowd in Storm history and 2nd game with 18,000+ at Climate Pledge Arena (August 7, 2022, vs LV, 18,100; Sue Bird's final regular season home game).

Mühl made her Storm debut in the third quarter, making her the 153rd player to appear in a game for the Seattle Storm all-time.

Loyd scored 21 points of her 32 in the first half, which is tied for the most in the first half of a WNBA game this season (Wilson, LVA, 5/14/24).