Clark beats buzzer to lift Storm

San Francisco Chronicle - - SPORTS -

BRADENTON, Fla. — Alysha Clark’s put­back at the buzzer lifted the Seat­tle Storm past the Min­nesota Lynx 88­86 on Tues­day night in the first game of their semi­fi­nal se­ries.

Seat­tle in­bounded with 14.8 sec­onds left af­ter Napheesa Col­lier tied it on an up­and­un­der move. Sami Whit­comb got it in the cor­ner and drove the base­line for a layup that missed but it fell to Clark, who cor­ralled it and re­leased it just be­fore the fi­nal buzzer.

Seat­tle, which has won seven straight games against Min­nesota, hadn’t played since Sept. 13 af­ter earn­ing a dou­ble­bye to the semi­fi­nals. The game was orig­i­nally sched­uled for Sun­day, but it was post­poned be­cause of in­con­clu­sive COVID­19 tests with three play­ers on the Storm. Seat­tle’s Bre­anna Ste­wart and Sue Bird had been off since Sept. 9 be­cause of in­juries.

Jewell Loyd scored 18 of her 25 points in the first half, and Ste­wart had 21 points and 10 re­bounds for Seat­tle. Bird had 11 points, in­clud­ing two fourth­quar­ter 3­point­ers, and eight as­sists.

Game 2 is Thurs­day night.

Aces 83, Sun 75: A’ja Wil­son had 29 points, seven re­bounds and a ca­reer­high seven blocks to lead topseeded Las Ve­gas past

Con­necti­cut to even the best­of­five play­off se­ries at 1­1.

De­wanna Bon­ner led Con­necti­cut with 23 points and seven re­bounds, and Bri­ann Jan­uary added 20 points. Alyssa Thomas, av­er­ag­ing 15.5 points and nine re­bounds, left the game in the first quar­ter af­ter in­jur­ing her right shoul­der and did not re­turn.

Julio Aguilar / Getty Im­ages

Team­mates mob Seat­tle for­ward Alysha Clark af­ter her buzzer beater up­ended Min­nesota in Game 1.

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