Collier Makes go-ahead Jumper in Overtime, Lynx Beat Storm 99-97
SEATTLE (AP) — Napheesa Collier made a go-ahead jumper with 1.8 seconds left in overtime and the Minnesota Lynx beat the Seattle Storm 99-97 on Thursday night to spoil Jewell Loyd's first career 40-point game.
After Collier won a jump ball with 19 seconds left in overtime, rookie Diamond Miller made a layup to tie it at 97-all with 11.2 seconds left.
Minnesota appeared to intentionally foul Loyd — with a foul to give — but the ball bounced off her foot with 7.6 seconds left. Collier faked a handoff to Kayla McBride at the 3-point line and drove the right side of the lane for a step-back shot.
Collier finished with 31 points, eight rebounds, six blocks and five assists. It was her second straight 30-point game after scoring 33 in a 104-93 victory over Seattle on Tuesday.
McBride and Miller each scored 19 points for Minnesota (6-9). Dorka Juhasz had 11 points and eight rebounds.
Loyd made 15 of 35 field goals and 7 of 8 free throws to finish with 41 points for Seattle (4-11). Sami Whitcomb made five 3-pointers and scored 22 points, and Ezi Magbegor had 16 points and 16 rebounds.
Loyd made a contested layup with 21 seconds left in regulation to tie it at 87-all. Collier held the ball near midcourt to wind down the clock before getting into the lane, but Loyd stole it and nearly made a half-court shot at the buzzer.