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Breanna Stewart derides WNBA travel as Storm fall without her

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Seattle Storm star Breanna Stewart joined the growing calls lamenting the WNBA’s travel policies.

Both Stewart and teammate Epiphanny Prince were absent from Wednesday’s game against the Phoenix Mercury after entering the league’s health and safety protocols. Stewart took to Twitter, writing, “Fly commercial they say…”

Without Prince and Stewart, the Seattle Storm lost 97-77.

Jewell Loyd put up 26 points for the Storm, while Sue Bird added 14, but Seattle finished with just three players in double-digits to the Mercury’s five. The Storm shot 38 percent as a team compared to Phoenix’s 57.1 percent.

Washington Mystics guard Natasha Cloud responded to Stewart, writing, “Let’s talk about it.” Cloud entered the league’s health and safety protocols Tuesday and connected the league’s policy to travel on commercial flights to increased COVID-19 risk.

While players have long had issues with the league’s travel policies, that has been exacerbated this season by players having to fly commercial on airlines that no longer require masks.

Cloud said that “how we travel makes it nearly impossible” to avoid COVID on her Instagram.