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Ezi Magbegor helps Storm roll past Mercury 80-62

Scores 13 of her 21 points in 1st quarter

By The Associated Press
Published: June 4, 2024, 9:42pm
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Seattle Storm center Ezi Magbegor, left, shoots against Phoenix Mercury forward Natasha Mack during the first half of a WNBA basketball game Tuesday, June 4, 2024, in Seattle.
Seattle Storm center Ezi Magbegor, left, shoots against Phoenix Mercury forward Natasha Mack during the first half of a WNBA basketball game Tuesday, June 4, 2024, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Lindsey Wasson) Photo Gallery

SEATTLE — Ezi Magbegor scored 13 of her 21 points in the first quarter, Skylar Diggins-Smith added 17 points and the Seattle Storm won their fifth straight game with an 80-62 victory over the Phoenix Mercury on Tuesday night.

On the day Seattle (6-3) announced a contract extension for Magbegor that will keep her with the team through the 2025 season, the forward from Australia sparked the Storm to a fast start. The 13 points in the first quarter were the most Magbegor has scored in any quarter of her career, as she hit her first six shots before a miss.

Jewell Loyd finished with 15 points, seven rebounds and six assists, and Seattle led by as many as 21 in the first half on its way to the easy victory.

Seattle rolled despite playing without starting forward Nneka Ogwumike, who was out with an eye injury. Ogwumike missed two games last month due to an ankle issue.

Kahleah Copper led Phoenix (4-6) with 19 points, but the Mercury lost for the fifth time in six games. Phoenix snapped a four-game losing streak with a win over Los Angeles on Sunday, but is 1-5 away from home to start the season.

Natasha Cloud added 10 points but no other Phoenix player scored in double figures.

Diana Taurasi, coming off a 31-point performance in the win over Los Angeles, had just seven points on 3-of-12 shooting. Taurasi also failed to make a 3-pointer for the second time this season despite entering the game with the most made 3s of any player in the league with 31. Taurasi missed all six of her attempts.

Phoenix led the WNBA in 3-pointers made, but finished just 4 of 23 from beyond the arc.

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STORM 80, MERCURY 62

SEATTLE (80) — Magbegor 9-13 2-2 21, Vivians 3-9 2-2 10, Russell 2-2 1-5 5, Diggins-Smith 4-11 8-9 17, Loyd 5-17 3-3 15, Holmes 1-5 0-0 2, Horston 3-7 0-0 7, Mühl 0-0 0-0 0, Whitcomb 0-3 0-0 0, Williams 1-2 0-0 3. Totals 28-69 16-21 80.

Phoenix 12 21 10 19 62
Seattle 25 21 18 16 80

3-Point Goals—Phoenix 4-23 (Copper 3-7, Herbert Harrigan 1-3, Bertsch 0-1, Sutton 0-1, Cunningham 0-2, Cloud 0-3, Taurasi 0-6), Seattle 8-23 (Vivians 2-4, Loyd 2-5, Williams 1-1, Horston 1-2, Magbegor 1-3, Diggins-Smith 1-4, Holmes 0-1, Whitcomb 0-3). Fouled Out—None. Rebounds—Phoenix 33 (Copper 7), Seattle 42 (Magbegor 9). Assists—Phoenix 13 (Cloud 5), Seattle 20 (Loyd 6). Total Fouls—Phoenix 15, Seattle 15. A—8,133 (15,354)

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