The Dallas Wings (6-6) trailed Seattle by four points entering the final quarter from the College Park Center in Arlington
A pair of free throws followed by a pull-up jumper — all courtesy of Wings guard Aerial Powers — brought 4,084 attending fans to their feet less than a minute into the fourth.
Skylar Diggins-Smith returned the late lead to Dallas on a made three-pointer with under eight minutes remaining, putting the Wings ahead, 71-70.
Dallas scored six more points from that moment to final buzzer before ultimately surrendering their sixth loss of the season, 97-76, to Seattle (10-4).
Breanna Stewart’s scoring efforts proved too much to thwart for Dallas and head coach Fred Williams.
Despite their efforts, the WNBA’s leading scorer finished with a game-high 28 points on 10-of-15 from the field, including 12 in the deciding final quarter.
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“[Stewart] can shoot the three, post up, she can play [defense], she did what she needed to do,” Williams said after the game. “She scored and was able to get points off pick-and-pop plays.”
Seattle limited Dallas to 4-of-12 from the field in the fourth quarter, highlighted by a 22-0 run from the Storm.
Diggins-Smith totaled 10 points, 7 assists, 2 steals in her matchup against fellow All-Star guard, Sue Bird.
Bird served as tactician at point guard, dissecting the Wings on her way to a double-double (10 points, 10 assists) while helping her team secure the victory.
Dallas center Liz Cambage amassed 20 points in the first half. Cambage contributed a team-high 23 points along with 9 rebounds, 3 blocks and 3 turnovers in the loss.
The Wings will travel to Los Angeles before facing the Sparks at 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday from the Staples Center. The contest marks the second of two meetings in a five-day span between both teams. Dallas previously defeated Los Angeles, 101-72, on Friday in Arlington.
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