Jewell Loyd’s Season-high 34 Points Propel the Storm to a Decisive 89-77 Victory, Cooling Off Caitlin Clark and the Fever’s Recent Surge

Caitlin Clark (Indiana Fever)

Jewell Loyd put on a spectacular show, scoring a season-high 34 points, including 23 in the first half, to lead the Seattle Storm to a convincing 89-77 victory over the Indiana Fever.

Despite playing with a swollen left eye for most of the game, Loyd’s performance was nothing short of remarkable. She made five three-pointers in the first half and finished with six total, tied for the second-most by any player in the WNBA this season.

Jewell Loyd (Seattle Storm)

Loyd’s dominance was evident from the start, and she showed no signs of slowing down despite getting inadvertently hit in the eye in the first quarter.

Her 23 first-half points were the second-most by any player in the WNBA this season, and she finished the game with 10 made shots on 15 attempts.

The Storm’s defense was equally impressive, holding Caitlin Clark to just three points in the second half and limiting her to 4-for-9 shooting overall. Clark, who finished with 15 points and seven assists, was often forced to give up the ball due to the Storm’s effective defense on the pick-and-roll.

The sold-out crowd at Climate Pledge Arena was electric, with many fans wearing Caitlin Clark jerseys. However, it was Loyd who stole the show, putting on a performance that will be remembered for a long time. Her 34 points tied her season high, and she has now scored 30 or more points in 23 career games, tied for sixth-most in WNBA history.

The Storm’s win improved their record to 11-6, and they are now 2-0 in their record-breaking nine-game homestand. Ezi Magbegor added 18 points, and Nneka Ogwumike had 15 points and 11 rebounds for Seattle. Erica Wheeler scored 15 points for Indiana, and Kelsey Mitchell finished with 14.