Loyd hits late jumper, Storm rally to beat Mystics 74-71

Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Jewell Loyd scored 14 points, including the go-ahead jumper with 8.6 seconds left, and the Seattle Storm overcame a 13-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat the Washington Mystics 74-71 on Friday night in a rematch of last season’s WNBA Finals.

Loyd made a fast-break layup and Natasha Howard hit a running floater in the lane to make it 71-all with 49.3 seconds remaining. On the ensuing Mystics possession, Loyd tipped a cross-court pass that, after video review, was ruled to have deflected off Washington’s LaToya Sanders before going out of bounds. Alysha Clark’s errant inbound pass was nearly stolen but Loyd controlled the loose ball and called timeout, setting up her 17-footer from straightaway that gave the Storm (5-3) a 73-71 lead, its first since early in the second quarter, with 8.6 seconds left.

The Mystics (4-3) called a timeout, advancing the ball to midcourt, and Elena Delle Donne, double-teamed on the inbound pass, tipped it to Aerial Powers, who missed a potential tying runner in the lane.

Delle Donne led Washington with 19 points. She made a driving layup to close the third quarter and a jumper to open the fourth that gave Washington its biggest lead at 65-52. The Storm scored 12 of the next 14 points to pull within three with four minutes to go.

Howard had 19 points and 11 rebounds for Seattle. Mercedes Russell added 15 points and 11 rebounds — both career highs.

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