WNBA: Tulsa Shock at Atlanta Dream

May 27, 2021; College Park, Georgia, USA; Atlanta Dream guard Aari McDonald (4) dribbles past Dallas Wings guard Tyasha Harris (52) during the first half at Gateway Center Arena at College Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

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Jewell Loyd backed up her WNBA Western Conference Player of the Week honor with a team-high 18 points in the visiting Seattle Storm's 95-71 win Wednesday over the struggling Atlanta Dream.

Seattle (8-2) has won seven of its last eight games, and Atlanta (4-5) has lost three straight.

Five other Storm played scored in double figures -- Breanna Stewart (15 points with nine rebounds and five assists), Stephanie Talbot (all 13 points in the fourth quarter), Sue Bird (11 points and six assists), Mercedes Russell (11 points) and Katie Lou Samuelson (10 points).

Atlanta, playing its third consecutive game without Chennedy Carter (strained elbow), was led by Tiffany Hayes' 22 points. No other Dream player scored in double figures.

Seattle, which led 45-43 at halftime, shot well from the field in the first half (56.3 percent) but the Dream dominated the rebounds to stay close.

Elizabeth Williams had 10 of her 12 rebounds by halftime, almost matching the Storm's total. Atlanta topped Seattle in rebounds 24-12 in the first half.

The Dream outrebounded Seattle 42-32 in the game, but Seattle continued its torrid shooting (54.7 percent for the game) while Atlanta hit a drought in the second half.

The Storm made 12 of 22 shots (54.5 percent) from 3-point range.

Seattle appeared like it could pull away early as it took a 37-27 lead with 6:08 left in the second quarter on a Bird 3-pointer, but Atlanta went on an 8-0 run including two drives to the basket by Hayes.

Seattle's 11-2 run enabled it to take a 60-53 lead with 3:45 left in the third quarter.

The Dream started that quarter 5 of 10 from the field but made only two of 10 shots the rest of the quarter.

Loyd's 3-point play increased Seattle's lead to 63-54 with 2:19 remaining in the quarter.

The Storm began the fourth quarter on an 8-2 run -- with all eight points scored by Talbot after she was scoreless in the first three quarters -- to pull out to a 77-63 lead with 7:54 remaining. Talbot made two 3-pointers in that stretch.

Atlanta could not get closer than 12 points thereafter.

--Field Level Media

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