Stewart scores 33, Seattle beats Minnesota 89-77

Aug 3, 2022, 9:09 AM | Updated: 9:14 pm
Seattle Storm forward Breanna Stewart (30) shoots against Minnesota Lynx forward Jessica Shepard (1...

Seattle Storm forward Breanna Stewart (30) shoots against Minnesota Lynx forward Jessica Shepard (10) during the first half of a WNBA basketball game Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2022, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

(AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

              Seattle Storm forward Breanna Stewart (30) shoots against Minnesota Lynx forward Jessica Shepard (10) during the first half of a WNBA basketball game Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2022, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
            
              FILE - Seattle Storm forward Lauren Jackson (15) looks to shoot through the defense of Minnesota Lynx forward Rebekkah Brunson (32) and guard Seimone Augustus (33) in the second half of Game 3 of their WNBA basketball first-round playoff series, Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012, in Minneapolis. Jackson is savoring every minute of her basketball comeback, in 2022, even though the battle-tested Australian hoops icon knows she can't do things that once captivated fans before retiring from the sport in 2016. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs, File)
            
              Minnesota Lynx guard Moriah Jefferson (4) tries to shoot as Seattle Storm guard Sue Bird, right, and teammates defend during the first half of a WNBA basketball game Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2022, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
            
              Seattle Storm guard Sue Bird (10) defends as Minnesota Lynx guard Moriah Jefferson, right, drives toward the basket during the first half of a WNBA basketball game Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2022, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
            
              Seattle Storm guard Sue Bird (10) defends as Minnesota Lynx guard Moriah Jefferson, left, drives toward the basket during the first half of a WNBA basketball game Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2022, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
            
              Seattle Storm guard Sue Bird brings the ball up against the Minnesota Lynx during the first half of a WNBA basketball game Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2022, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
            
              Former Seattle Storm center Lauren Jackson stands courtside before a WNBA basketball game between the Storm and the Minnesota Lynx, Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2022, in Seattle. Jackson attended the game in honor of the final season of Storm guard Sue Bird. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
            
              A photo of NBA legend Bill Russell, who died Sunday is shown on a video scoreboard at Climate Pledge Arena during a moment of silence before a WNBA basketball game between the Seattle Storm and the Minnesota Lynx, Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2022, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

SEATTLE (AP) — Breanna Stewart had a season-high 33 points with eight rebounds and five assists, Jewell Loyd added 17 points and the Seattle Storm beat the Minnesota Lynx 89-77 on Wednesday night.

Seattle made its first four 3-pointers for a 12-0 lead and Stewart made the Storm’s sixth of the first quarter, in eight attempts, for a 23-9 advantage. The Storm set a season high with 56 first-half points.

Seattle finished 11 of 25 from distance with four from Stewart and three from Sue Bird. Stewart was 13 of 20 from the field, finishing five points shy of her career high.

Bird scored 13 points and Gabby Williams added 11 for Seattle (20-12). Briann January made her 1,000th career field goal.

Nikolina Milic scored 13 points and Sylvia Fowles added 12 for Minnesota (12-20).

Seattle, which won its sixth straight home game in front of a sold-out crowd of 13,500, hosts Las Vegas on Sunday in Bird’s final regular-season home game before closing with three road games. The Lynx host Seattle on August 12 in the final regular-season matchup between Bird and Fowles.

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