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Alanna Smith scored a career-high 22 points as the Lynx defeated the new Storm 83-70

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SEATTLE – Alanna Smith scored 16 of her career-high 22 points in the first half, Napheesa Collier scored seven of her 20 points during a decisive fourth-quarter run, and the Minnesota Lynx defeated the Storm 83-70 on Tuesday night, leaving the match was ruined. Seattle debut of Skylar Diggins-Smith and Nneka Ogwumike.

Smith carried the Lynx in the first half before Collier took over late, and Minnesota leaned on its defense to frustrate the Storm into a tough night on the offensive end. Seattle’s Jewell Loyd, the WNBA’s leading scorer last year with 24.7 points, was held to 10 points on 3-for-19 shooting.

The opener would be the unveiling of the new Storm, after they finished 11-29 last season with the second-worst record in the league following the departure of Breanna Stewart in free agency and the retirement of Sue Bird.

Bird, who recently became part of Seattle’s ownership group, sat in her chair courtside to see how Diggins-Smith and Ogwumike fit into their new team. Diggins-Smith returned to the floor after missing the 2023 season while on maternity leave and Ogwumike left Southern California for the first time in her WNBA career to sign with Seattle after spending her first twelve seasons with the Los Angeles Sparks spent.

It was a shaky debut.

Ogwumike finished with 20 points and nine rebounds, and Diggins-Smith added 10 points. But Seattle was just 1 of 9 on 3s and committed 17 turnovers.

Minnesota led 63-60 entering the fourth quarter, and outscored Seattle 20-10 in the final frame. Collier scored seven straight points early in the fourth quarter as Minnesota extended its lead to 74-62, and Kayla McBride’s 3-pointer from the wing gave the Lynx a 15-point lead with 4:12 left.

Seattle Storm guard Jordan Horston goes to the floor to collect the ball as Minnesota Lynx forward Bridget Carleton defends during the first half of a WNBA basketball game on Tuesday, May 14, 2024, in Seattle. Credit: AP/Jennifer Buchanan

NIKA IS MISSING

Seattle did not debut its all-new look, as rookie Nika Mühl was postponed due to pending visa approval. Mühl was the 14th overall pick in the second round of the WNBA draft last month and Seattle created a roster spot by trading Jade Melbourne to Washington in exchange for a future draft pick.

NEXT ONE

The teams will repeat Friday night in Minnesota for the Lynx’s home opener.