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Jewell Loyd lays into Seattle Storm bench as losses pile up

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The Seattle Storm fell to the Connecticut Sun 93-73 on Thursday, but not without another stellar effort from 2023 WNBA All-Star Jewell Loyd.

Loyd led all scorers with 22 points through 29 minutes, but she was one of just two players to finish the game with double-digit scoring marks for the Storm, compared to six players for Connecticut. After the first quarter, Seattle trailed Connecticut 29-6, and at one point Loyd expressed her frustration with the Storm bench.

“Who wants to f–ing play today? Who wants to play today?” Loyd shouted at her teammates, according to reporter Mark Schindler.

When asked about the moment after the game, Loyd said she has a responsibility to motivate her team and thought they did a good job of responding toward the end of the first half. The Storm went into halftime down 33 points and clawed back in the second half before losing their fourth straight game.

“My job as a leader is to try and find ways to motivate our squad,” Loyd said. “Most people know that I’m very calm and cool, collected, but if I need to light a fire under someone’s ass, I will. And so that’s what was needed and we ended up playing well for a stretch going into the half.”

For their part, the Sun (13-5) were seemingly unstoppable on offense. DeWanna Bonner and Alyssa Thomas each had 16 points, and the team as a whole shot 54 percent from the field. Veteran guard Rebecca Allen was also all over the court, recording 14 points, five rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks.

“Obviously this loss is tough,” Storm center Ezi Magbegor said. “But we have more games on this road trip. I don’t think we can put it away completely because there’s things that we need to get better at.”

Loyd and Magbegor have been bright spots for the Storm during a rebuilding season. After losing Sue Bird to retirement and Breanna Stewart to the New York Liberty in free agency, Seattle (4-13) is in second-to-last place in the WNBA standings nearing the halfway point of the season.