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Prince scores 15, Storm beat Mercury 82-75

July 12, 2021 GMT
Seattle Storm's Sue Bird receives a basketball honoring her achievement of becoming the only player in league history to amass 3,000 career assists on Sunday, July 11, 2021 in Everett, Wash. (Olivia Vanni/The Herald via AP)
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Seattle Storm's Sue Bird receives a basketball honoring her achievement of becoming the only player in league history to amass 3,000 career assists on Sunday, July 11, 2021 in Everett, Wash. (Olivia Vanni/The Herald via AP)
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Seattle Storm's Sue Bird receives a basketball honoring her achievement of becoming the only player in league history to amass 3,000 career assists on Sunday, July 11, 2021 in Everett, Wash. (Olivia Vanni/The Herald via AP)

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — Epiphanny Prince scored 15 points, Katie Lou Samuelson matched her career high with 14, and the Seattle Storm beat the Phoenix Mercury 82-75 on Sunday.

Jewell Loyd’s 3-pointer with 1:48 left gave the Storm (16-5) a six-point lead and Sue Bird’s running bank shot was the dagger, making it 80-72 at 43.9 seconds.

Seattle goes into the Olympic break with the best record in the WNBA and will return from it to open a five-game road trip, with a 47-day stretch until their next home game on August 27 when they visit the Chicago Sky. Breanna Stewart and Bird added 13 points each.

Kia Nurse scored 28 points and had a career high seven 3-pointers for the Mercury (9-10). Skylar Diggins-Smith added 17 points and Brittney Griner scored 16.

In a pregame ceremony Samuelson, Loyd, Breanna Stewart and Bird were recognized for making USA Basketball team. Bird will be seeking her record fifth Olympic gold medal.

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