Storm beats Lynx, 81-71
Camille Little scores a career-high 31 points to lead the Seattle Storm to an 81-71 win over the Minnesota Lynx. Seattle has beaten Minnesota twice in two meetings this season.
Seattle Times staff reporter
Storm @ Minnesota, 4 p.m.
KeyArena boomed with much more Lil Wayne than usual Friday.
The rapper’s song “A Milli” floods the speakers every time the Storm’s Camille Little — whom her teammates call “Milli” — scores. And score she did.
Little poured in a career-high 31 points, including eight early in the fourth quarter. That sparked the Storm to an 81-71 victory, Seattle’s second of the season against Minnesota at home.
“She had an amazing night. She really did,” said Storm coach Brian Agler. “She was really engaged and in a lot of ways she carried us through a lot.”
Seattle point guard Sue Bird added 11 points and nine assists for the Storm (7-10).
The Lynx (11-5) just couldn’t get their offense going like Little did.
Little shot 73 percent (11 of 15) on a night when her opponents did not even manage that from the free-throw line. Minnesota shot 14 of 21 (67 percent) from the line to combine with its 39.7 percent performance from the field.
That team effort on defense, rather than her individual records, was at the front of Little’s mind.
“We won tonight,” she said. “It’s not going to say, ‘Camille Little won.’ It says, ‘The Seattle Storm won.’ ”
Minnesota’s two lowest-scoring games this season have come during losses to Seattle. In their previous matchup June 6, the Storm held the Lynx to their lowest scoring output of the year and won 65-62. This time around, it was the same story: The Lynx struggled to maintain any flow offensively.
Minnesota took the lead briefly with 1:57 left in the third quarter when Asia Taylor made two free throws. Trailing 48-47, the Storm went on a 9-2 run to close the quarter.
Seattle stretched its lead to 66-52 with 6:56 left in the game as Little scored eight of the Storm’s first 10 points of the period.
“The best part about it is it was just kind of within the flow of the game,” Bird said about Little’s scoring. “It was a quiet 31. She just kind of does what she does.”
That offensive explosion paralleled nicely with Seattle’s defensive prowess. Not counting Maya Moore, who scored 20 points and shot 8 of 13 from the field, the Lynx shot 19 of 55 and managed 51 points.
Seattle led 33-26 at halftime after Little swished a three-pointer with 1.3 seconds remaining.
Seattle will travel to Minnesota for the teams’ third matchup of the season Sunday.
“I’m sure they’re (ticked) right now,” Little said. “I’m sure they’re getting cursed out. They’re going to be ready to play. But we have to be ready, too.”