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Jewell Loyd ties single-quarter record to secure Storm first-round bye

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Jewell Loyd scored 22 points in the first quarter alone Friday night, tying a WNBA record for most points in a quarter. Diana Taurasi set the original record in 2006, with Brittney Sykes tying in 2019.

Loyd’s 22 points in six minutes propelled her to a career-high 37 points and the Storm to a 94-85 win over the Mercury.

The Storm were in control of the game at halftime, hitting a franchise-tying record 61 points before the break. Loyd also notched 28 points by halftime, the most by a WNBA player this season.

Phoenix cut a 22-point deficit to six at the end of the fourth quarter, but a last-minute three-point play from Loyd held off a resilient Mercury team down the stretch.

With the win, Seattle earned a first-round bye in the WNBA playoffs.

Next up: Phoenix will take on the Las Vegas Aces on Sunday at 3 p.m. ET on ABC.