Liberty fall to Storm despite big night from Sabrina Ionescu

EVERETT, Wash. — Breanna Stewart scored 33 points and the Seattle Storm pulled away to beat the New York Liberty 85-75 on Thursday night.

The Storm (19-10) ended a three-game losing streak to improve to 3-5 since the Commissioner’s Cup final.

Sabrina Ionescu had 20 points and seven assists to lead the Liberty (11-18). Allen added 17 points and Natasha Howard had 15.

Rebecca Allen hit a 19-footer to give the Liberty a 66-63 lead with 9:05 left. Epiphanny Prince converted a layup to get the Storm within one with 7:41 left. After Allen answered with two free throws, Prince scored on an assist from Stewart, who then made four straight baskets to make it 75-68. Sue Bird converted four straight free throws in the final minute to set the final score.

Stewart was 12 of 22 from the field and had five assists and eight rebounds. Mercedes Russell added 14 points.

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