Seattle, WA, United States (4E Sports) – Seattle Storm held the Los Angeles Sparks to only four points in a 2-for-10 shooting in the fourth quarter to win by a 77-57 blow out Tuesday at the Key Arena.
Tina Thompson had 17 points and 10 rebounds and Temeka Johnson scored 18 points, including nine during a key eight-minute stretch, for the Storm.
Thompson, the league’s all-time leading scorer, pulled into a tie with Taj McWilliams-Franklin for second on the career rebounding list at 3,013 behind Lisa Leslie’s 3,307.
Leading 23-21 after the first quarter, the Storm push the lead to 32-26 with Shekinna Stricklen scoring seven of her nine points in the opening 3:05 of the second quarter before being forced out of the game due to an Achilles injury.
But Tanisha Wright and Thompson teamed-up for five more straight points to further the lead to 37-26.
The Storm kept pouring it on, executing a 14-7 blast to enjoy a 51-35 lead with 1:09 left in the second quarter.
The Sparks rallied to pull to 55-47 with 5:18 remaining in the third.
Johnson initiated a 9-0 run early in the fourth quarter to help Seattle pull away.
Candace Parker finished with nine points and 10 rebounds for the Sparks (18-8).
Nneka Ogwumike had a team-high 12 points while Alana Beard and Lindsey Harding chipped in 10 points each.