Seattle Storm’s Jewell Loyd ties WNBA record with 22-point quarter

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EVERETT, Clean. — Jewell Loyd tied a WNBA report with 22 points in the initially quarter and concluded with a job-high 37 to support the Seattle Storm protected a 1st-spherical bye in the WNBA playoffs with a 94-85 earn over the Phoenix Mercury on Friday night.

Loyd matched the file for factors in a quarter set by Diana Taurasi in 2006 and tied by Brittney Sykes in 2019. It is the most factors by a WNBA player in the to start with quarter.

Loyd’s 22 factors arrived on 8-of-9 capturing, which include all 4 of her 3-tips, and she dished out a few helps as the Storm took a 28-20 direct. She had 22 of Seattle’s first 24 and didn’t score for the ultimate 4:21 of the opening quarter.

In the 2nd quarter, highlighted by Brittney Griner’s 17th profession dunk for the Mercury, Loyd was fouled on a desperation heave as time ran out. She created three absolutely free throws, providing her 28 factors and Seattle a 61-47 guide.

Jewell Loyd scored 22 of the Storm’s 1st 24 factors, then went scoreless for the ultimate 4:21 of the 1st quarter. Photo by Joshua Huston/NBAE via Getty Illustrations or photos

The 28 points in a fifty percent are the most by a WNBA player this year, and the 61 points tied a Seattle file for points in a fifty percent.

Despite developing the direct to 22 factors, the Storm couldn’t put the Mercury away. A steal and breakaway layup by Shey Peddy was the end of a 20-4 operate that reduce the deficit to 89-83 with 1:25 to go. The Mercury scored again right after a Seattle shot-clock violation, before Loyd’s 3-position participate in with 47.2 seconds to go decided the problem.

Seattle (21-11) will be the 3rd or fourth seed, depending on how the Minnesota Lynx fare on Sunday, the very last day of the typical period. The Mercury (19-12) will be the fifth-seed and host the even now-to-be-determined No. 8 in a first-round game on Thursday.

The Related Push contributed to this report.