Storm Fall To Liberty 66-57

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Nakia Sanford shoots against the New York Liberty (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

Nakia Sanford shoots against the New York Liberty (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

NEWARK, N.J. –Seattle rounded out a four-game road trip losing to the New York Liberty 66-57 on Friday night at the Prudential Center.

The Storm started slowly for the third straight game, trailing 24-7 after the first quarter. The second quarter was much of the same, as the Storm faced a scoring drought for a little more than five minutes. New York took a lead of 36-19 into the locker room.

After the break, Seattle went on a run the entire third quarter outscoring the Liberty 24-13. The Storm whittled the New York lead down to one using a 20-2 run with 2:56 left in the third, but that’s as close as it got. New York rebuilt its lead and controlled the fourth quarter, never allowing the Storm to get closer than three points.

The Storm was led by Tina Thompson, who scored 13 points and went 3-6 from three-point land. Tanisha Wright added 12 points and Noelle Quinn chipped in 10 of her own. Temeka Johnson dished out five assists.

Plenette Pierson came off the bench for New York and led all scorers with 22 points. Cappie Pondexter added 13 points. Kara Braxton hauled in 11 rebounds. Former Storm player Katie Smith finished with seven points.

The Storm returns home to begin a three-game home stand, starting with the Atlanta Dream on Sunday, July 14, followed by the Tulsa Shock on Wednesday, July 17 and finishing with the Los Angeles on Saturday, July 20.

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