Storm rebounds from loss with OT win at Sun
Camille Little had a career-high 27 points, including five in overtime to lead Seattle.
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UNCASVILLE, Conn. — According to Seattle Storm coach Brian Agler, Saturday's 77-59 loss at the New York Liberty "got our attention."
"We had a good win at Washington and we sit in a New York hotel for three days and everybody's telling us how good we're playing," Angler said, "and we go in and lay an egg in New York."
If the Storm laid an egg in New York, they cooked a prize-winning omelet Sunday as they beat the Connecticut Sun, 89-83, in overtime.
Camille Little led Seattle (7-8) with a career-high 27 points while Tina Thompson added 20.
Kara Lawson paced the Eastern Conference-leading Suns (10-4) with 22 points.
Among other things, Seattle ended an eight-game losing streak at the Mohegan Sun Arena.
"This feels really good," said Sue Bird, who had 11 points and eight assists. "I know we haven't won here in a while, but not a lot of people knew that. Tonight was about this team being able to go on the road against the first-place team in the East.
"No matter what came our way, we handled it and were able to get the win."
Not that the win came easy.
With the score tied 76-76 and 13.6 seconds left in regulation, Bird had a chance to win the game but missed both ends of a two-shot foul. Connecticut's Asjha Jones then missed two shots and the game went to overtime.
"If we have to take a shot or if we have to take free throws to win the game, she's the one we want," Agler said of Bird. "We're going to put the ball in her hands."
In Sunday's overtime, however, it was Little's hands that carried the team.
She scored on a put-back for an 85-81 lead and essentially clinched the victory with a driving layup with 28 seconds left. She led Seattle with five points in the extra period.
"When I talk with our team about our makeup, Tanisha Wright really is the heart and soul of our team," said Agler. "But Camille is the fabric.
"Camille was just resilient on her effort and her energy on the glass and finishing around the rim and getting to the free-throw line. She played poised."
Seattle's defense held the Sun to 35.2 percent shooting, including 33.3 percent from beyond the arc. Seattle shot 52.3 percent, which was a distinct improvement over Saturday, when the Storm shot 32.2 percent.
"I think toughness isn't something that can be taught," Little said, referring to Seattle's defensive tenacity. "I think you either have it in you or you don't.
"We have a group that's tough and it's great to play with people like that."
Despite the one-day turnaround, Seattle put what little time it had to good use.
"We took this time to refocus," said Little. "We didn't play our best basketball (Saturday) and we knew it. It was disappointing and frustrating.
"Connecticut is a better team. We knew we couldn't come in here and play the same way and expect to win. I think we tried to make sure we had a good start and we played well today."
|Seattle||14||24||25||13||13 — 89|
|Connecticut||18||21||22||15||7 — 83|