UNCASVILLE, Conn.—The Seattle Storm has struggled early in the WNBA season without stars Sue Bird and Lauren Jackson, but it found a way to get past that on Sunday.
Camille Little had 15 points, nine rebounds and five assists to lead Seattle to a 78-66 victory over the Connecticut Sun.
Tina Thompson had 17 points for the Storm (2-3), while Tanisha Wright added 13 points and five rebounds.
Allison Hightower had 17 points and five rebounds for the Sun (2-5). Tina Charles added 15 points and six rebounds and Kara Lawson scored 11 points.
Seattle was tied with Connecticut for ninth in the league in field goal percentage (39.1) entering the game, but shot 51.4 percent against the Sun.
“It started with our defense,” Little said. “We were intense, more so than we have been in the last couple of games. We were aggressive, and it sparked our offense.”
Connecticut was also short-handed. Reserve guards Renee Montgomery (high left ankle sprain) and Tan White (broken right finger) missed the game.
Seattle led by three points midway through the third quarter, then pulled away with a 10-0 run. Thompson began the run by making the second of two free throws. Shekinna Stricklen, Wright and Thompson followed with 3-pointers to give the Storm a 52-39 lead with 4:14 to play in the third quarter.
Stricklen, chosen second by Seattle in the 2012 draft, gave her team a lift by scoring 11 of her 16 points in the first half.
The Storm led for most of the game and ended the first half with an 8-0 run. Tameka Johnson started it with a pull-up jumper, and Little had a layup.
Wright ended the half with a driving layup to help Seattle take a 40-33 lead into halftime.