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Seattle defeats defending champions

Seattle Storm guard Tanisha Wright gets some serious hang time as she attempts a shot over the Minnesota Lynx defense. The Storm defeated the previously unbeaten Lynx 65-62 in WNBA action Friday, June 6th at the KeyArena in Seattle.
Virginia Lopez/TomboySportsPhotography/2014

The WNBA Seattle Storm faced off Friday night against an undefeated, offensively stacked and reigning champion Minnesota Lynx.

There were many reasons to expect the Lynx to run over the Storm but Seattle had two reasons that kept them in the game and in the end gave them a 65-62 win, defense and the home court.

"The second half we just came out and had it in our minds that we were just going to lock down on defense and we did that," said forward Alysha Clark. "...We held them to 22 points in the second half and that's huge for us. They have a team full of offensive threats...and its just a testament to the type of people we have in this locker room really submitting themselves one-hundred percent and going all for it and selling out to that one thing on defense."

The Storm showed the depth of their team as head coach Brian Agler kept guard Sue Bird and forward Crystal Langhorne on the bench during the fourth quarter with Seattle's five on the floor taking care of business on offense and defense.

The teams played a tight, even game with each pulling down 30 rebounds. The Storm was held to a shooting percentage of 39.3 and they in turn held the Lynx to 41.7 percent and Seattle had 10 steals to Minnesota's nine.

''It's going to be hard to beat any team in this league scoring 22 points in a half,'' said Lynx head coach Cheryl Reeve who was quoted on the Storm website. ''Give Seattle credit for that. When the going got tough for us, we were no-shows tonight, which is not characteristic of our team. They wanted to win possessions more than we did.''

The Storm (3-6) were lead by Langhorne and guard Tanisha Wright with 13 points each and forward Camille Little with 12. Minnesota (7-1) kept pace with 12 points each from forward Maya Moore and guard Seimone Augustus while guard Lindsey Whalen put in 11 points.

Just about every category was close in numbers between the teams except one.

Seattle was playing in front of the greatest home court advantage in the league. A fact not lost on the Storm who believe their fans gave them that little extra edge they needed to defeat Minnesota.

"(They helped us) one-hundred percent, there's a reason why we play so well at home," said Bird. "Its the fans, its the energy in the building, its the confidence they give us, how comfortable we are and that's been since I've been in Seattle."

The Storm will need to hold on to every bit of that confidence and energy as they head out for a four-game road trip.

Their next game is at 5pm (PT) on Tuesday, June 10th at the Chicago Sky and they'll return home on June 19th against the San Antonio Silver Stars.

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