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Jewell Loyd scores 31, Seattle Storm bounce back to beat Lynx

Aug 20, 2023, 9:07 PM

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Jewell Loyd of the Seattle Storm drives to the hoop on May 18, 2022. (Steph Chambers/Getty Images)

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jewell Loyd scored 31 points, Dulcy Fankam Mendjiadeu had a season-high 15 rebounds, and the Seattle Storm defeated the Minnesota Lynx 88-74 on Sunday.

Seattle Storm 88, Minnesota Lynx 74: Box score

Leading 80-61 at the 5-minute mark off the fourth quarter, the Storm did not score again until Loyd hit a step-back 3-pointer for an 83-65 lead with 3:13 remaining. Joyner Holmes added a 3-pointer about a minute later and Yvonne Turner closed out the scoring with a 22-foot jumper in the final minute.

After making just 5 of 19 shots in a 78-70 loss to Minnesota in Seattle on Friday, Loyd bounced back with 10-for-25 shooting from the field, including 5 for 10 on 3-pointers, to go with 6 for 7 on free throws. She had five rebounds and four assists, playing 32 minutes.

Ezi Magbegor scored 12 points and Sami Whitcomb added 10 for Seattle (10-22).

Kayla McBride scored 18 points, Napheesa Collier 14, Aerial Powers 12 and Tiffany Mitchell 11 for Minnesota (15-17).

Minnesota took its last lead, 34-33, when McBride made two free throws late in the second quarter. Loyd answered with a 3-pointer and Seattle went on to lead 47-40 at halftime.

Seattle’s lead reached 57-42 midway through the third quarter and the Storm led by double digits the rest of the way.

Friday: Lynx hold off Seattle Storm 78-70 behind Collier’s double-double

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