Storm set scoring marks in 111-101 win over Mercury
The Associated Press
Betty Lennox scored 25 points, Lauren Jackson 23 and Iziane Castro Marques 22 to lead the Seattle Storm to two franchise scoring records and a league record in a 111-101 win over the Phoenix Mercury on Saturday night.
The Storm broke the team record of 100 points set in a win over Phoenix on May 23. Seattle tied a league record with 40 points in the first quarter when it led by 25 points. Detroit scored 40 against Phoenix on July 8.
Seattle also set a franchise record with 61 points in the first half, breaking the record of 56 set in 2003 against Los Angeles.
Seattle (14-15) snapped a three-game losing streak and stayed three games ahead of Los Angeles for the fourth and final playoff berth with five games left. The Storm won the season series against Phoenix 2-1.
Diana Taurasi scored 28 points and Cappie Pondexter had 24 for Phoenix (18-11), which dropped into a first-place tie with San Antonio in the Western Conference. The Mercury had won six consecutive games and four in a row on the road.
The Storm shot 76 percent (16-for-21) from the field in the opening quarter, including 6-for-8 on 3-pointers.
Castro Marques scored 15 in the first quarter when she made four 3-pointers. Lennox added 11 points and Jackson eight in the opening quarter.
The Storm tied a team record with 13 3-pointers. Castro Marques made five. Sue Bird and Katie Gearlds each made three 3-pointers.
Phoenix, which has clinched a playoff berth, cut the lead to seven points late in the fourth quarter.
Jackson, who shot 10-for-11 from the free-throw line and had 12 rebounds, left Friday’s game at Sacramento in the second quarter with a groin injury. She had eight points in the loss.
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