ROSEMONT, Ill. — Breanna Stewart scored 29 points, including two free throws with 15.6 seconds remaining, and the Seattle Storm beat the Chicago Sky 85-80 Sunday in the WNBA regular-season finale for both teams.
The Storm (15-19) face the Phoenix Mercury on Wednesday in the first round of the playoffs.
Seattle rallied to take a 79-78 lead with 3:11 remaining as Jewell Loyd’s 3-pointer from the corner capped a 9-0 run.
After Stewart’s two free throws gave Seattle an 83-80 advantage, Chicago had a chance to tie, but Allie Quigley’s 3-pointer was off the mark. Seattle’s Noelle Quinn sealed the win by making two free throws with 11.2 seconds remaining.
Loyd scored 25 points for Seattle. Stewart made 10-of-12 from the foul line. As a team, the Storm missed just three free throws in 27 attempts.
Kahleah Copper paced Chicago (12-22) with 18 points. Courtney Vandersloot set a WNBA record in the third quarter for the highest single-season assists average. Her eight assists per game surpassed Ticha Penicheiro’s 2002 mark of 7.9.
Vandersloot set the record with her seventh assist of the night, finding Jordan Hooper for a 3-pointer in transition for a 69-65 lead.