Loyd has 26, sending Storm over the Aces in the WNBA semi-opening

LAS VEGAS (AFP) – Seattle Storm is the lowest seed remaining in the post-season and came in an attempt to steal at least one of their first two road games against top seed Las Vegas Ice in the WNBA semifinals.

mission accomplished.

Jeel Lloyd scored 26 points, including the last six in Seattle, and the Storm beat the Aces 76-73 on Sunday to advance 1-0 in a best-of-five streak in front of a record Las Vegas crowd of 9,944.

Lloyd made a forward free throw with 1:16 to play, then jumped for a three-point lead 34 seconds before the storm was over for the win. She had 10 of 16 points in Seattle in the fourth quarter.

“It wasn’t just me, it was definitely a team effort,” Lloyd said. “It helps when you have really good teammates… you believe in them and they believe in you. That is the most important thing for us, that each of us has to remain confident in what we do and what we can bring to the team. That was the key for us.”

The Associated Press MVP Brenna Stewart scored 24 points and six rebounds for the fourth seed, while Tina Charles added 13 points and the franchise scored 18 rebounds.

“We knew this was going to be tough. These games against Vegas have been tough all through the regular season and previous seasons, and we have a lot of respect for their players and what they do,” Stewart said. “We knew coming here to their home court, we clearly wanted to try and steal one, We wanted to get one and get our momentum in the right direction.”

Chelsea Gray scored 21 points for the Aces. Kelsey Bloom added 20, but missed a 3-point tie attempt with 2.9 seconds to play.

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