Seattle, Wa- Breanna Stewart continued to make a strong case for MVP as her 27 points and eight rebounds lead the Seattle Storm (11-5) over the Los Angeles Sparks (11-4) 81-72.
Veteran Sue Bird also added 10 points, 10 assists two steals and no turnovers in 35 minutes of play to help aid the Storm in the victory.
The Sparks were without the services of their leading scorer and rebounder due to a back injury, Nneka Ogwumike.
The first quarter saw the Storm jump on the Sparks 26-18 on 58% shooting lead by four-year veteran Natasha Howard, whom finished the game with 14 points and eight rebounds (six of them offensive).
By halftime, Seattle lead 41-35 setting up the third quarter rally by the Sparks.
Candace Parker spearheaded Los Angeles in the third quarter with 14 points in the third quarter on 71% shooting including one of her two three pointers at the 3:37 mark. Parker finished with 27 point and 11 rebounds.
The Seattle lead was cut to 59-57 at the end of the third quarter.
Los Angeles kept pace with the Seattle for most of the final quarter until the Storm pulled away late with a run to push the lead to 73-64. Stewart made a three pointer to cap off the run.
Stewart’s 11 points in the final period closed out the Sparks as the Storm held the former two-time WNBA MVP, Candace Parker to only three points on 0-3 shooting.
Point guard Chelsea Gray added 12 points with seven rebounds for Los Angels.