The Seattle Storm were in control after one half of their first-round playoff game against the Atlanta Dream on Wednesday night, but Angel McCoughtry and the Dream flipped the game around in the second half of a 94-85 victory for Atlanta. And just like that, the Dream move on to face the Chicago Sky in the second round on Sunday, while the Storm are done thanks to the new single-elimination format.
McCoughtry poured in 37 points on 14-of-21 shooting overall and 3-of-4 from long range, and she also dished out seven assists in her monster performance. 22 of her points came in the second half as the Dream outscored the Storm 57-40 after falling behind by eight at halftime.
Bria Holmes had 21 points and seven rebounds for the winning side, while Elizabeth Williams had nine points and 16 rebounds. Layshia Clarendon added 12 points, seven assists and six boards as Atlanta shot 53.1 percent from the field.
Storm star rookie Breanna Stewart unsurprisingly acquitted herself well in her first playoff game, recording 19 points and seven rebounds in nearly 38 minutes of action. Jewell Loyd led the Storm with 24 points on 8-of-18 shooting. Sue Bird had 12 points, seven assists and five rebounds, but it wasn’t enough as Seattle shot just 38.9 percent from the field in the season-ending loss.
The second round of the playoffs is also single-elimination, so the winner of the Dream and Sky on Sunday will move on to the next round.