Howard has 21 points and 10 rebounds, Storm beat Aces

  • Seattle Storm's Natasha Howard shoots the first of two free throws she made with 11.4 seconds left against the Las Vegas Aces in the second half of a WNBA basketball game Friday, July 19, 2019, in Seattle. The Storm won 69-66.

    Seattle Storm's Natasha Howard shoots the first of two free throws she made with 11.4 seconds left against the Las Vegas Aces in the second half of a WNBA basketball game Friday, July 19, 2019, in Seattle. The Storm won 69-66. Associated Press

  • Seattle Storm's Natasha Howard, right, tries to get past Las Vegas Aces' Dearica Hamby late in the second half of a WNBA basketball game Friday, July 19, 2019, in Seattle. The Storm won 69-66.

    Seattle Storm's Natasha Howard, right, tries to get past Las Vegas Aces' Dearica Hamby late in the second half of a WNBA basketball game Friday, July 19, 2019, in Seattle. The Storm won 69-66. Associated Press

  • Seattle Storm's Sami Whitcomb, left, lets out a yell in the team huddle after the Storm defeated the Las Vegas Aces 69-66 in a WNBA basketball game Friday, July 19, 2019, in Seattle.

    Seattle Storm's Sami Whitcomb, left, lets out a yell in the team huddle after the Storm defeated the Las Vegas Aces 69-66 in a WNBA basketball game Friday, July 19, 2019, in Seattle. Associated Press

  • Las Vegas Aces' A'ja Wilson, center, fights for a loose ball with Seattle Storm's Sami Whitcomb, left, and Alysha Clark during the first half of a WNBA basketball game Friday, July 19, 2019, in Seattle.

    Las Vegas Aces' A'ja Wilson, center, fights for a loose ball with Seattle Storm's Sami Whitcomb, left, and Alysha Clark during the first half of a WNBA basketball game Friday, July 19, 2019, in Seattle. Associated Press

  • Seattle Storm's Jordin Canada, right, tries to drive past Las Vegas Aces' Kelsey Plum during the first half of a WNBA basketball game Friday, July 19, 2019, in Seattle.

    Seattle Storm's Jordin Canada, right, tries to drive past Las Vegas Aces' Kelsey Plum during the first half of a WNBA basketball game Friday, July 19, 2019, in Seattle. Associated Press

  • Las Vegas Aces' Kelsey Plum, right, defends against Seattle Storm's Shavonte Zellous during the first half of a WNBA basketball game Friday, July 19, 2019, in Seattle.

    Las Vegas Aces' Kelsey Plum, right, defends against Seattle Storm's Shavonte Zellous during the first half of a WNBA basketball game Friday, July 19, 2019, in Seattle. Associated Press

  • Seattle Storm's Natasha Howard, left, and Mercedes Russell, right, compete for a loose ball with Las Vegas Aces' Liz Cambage during the first half of a WNBA basketball game Friday, July 19, 2019, in Seattle.

    Seattle Storm's Natasha Howard, left, and Mercedes Russell, right, compete for a loose ball with Las Vegas Aces' Liz Cambage during the first half of a WNBA basketball game Friday, July 19, 2019, in Seattle. Associated Press

  • Las Vegas Aces' Liz Cambage, center, is doubled-teamed by Seattle Storm's Crystal Langhorne, left, and Courtney Paris during the first half of a WNBA basketball game Friday, July 19, 2019, in Seattle.

    Las Vegas Aces' Liz Cambage, center, is doubled-teamed by Seattle Storm's Crystal Langhorne, left, and Courtney Paris during the first half of a WNBA basketball game Friday, July 19, 2019, in Seattle. Associated Press

  • Las Vegas Aces' Tamera Young grabs a rebound against the Seattle Storm during the first half of a WNBA basketball game Friday, July 19, 2019, in Seattle.

    Las Vegas Aces' Tamera Young grabs a rebound against the Seattle Storm during the first half of a WNBA basketball game Friday, July 19, 2019, in Seattle. Associated Press

  • Seattle Storm's Natasha Howard, center, is fouled by Las Vegas Aces' Sydney Colson (51) as Aces' A'ja Wilson, right, defends during the first half of a WNBA basketball game Friday, July 19, 2019, in Seattle.

    Seattle Storm's Natasha Howard, center, is fouled by Las Vegas Aces' Sydney Colson (51) as Aces' A'ja Wilson, right, defends during the first half of a WNBA basketball game Friday, July 19, 2019, in Seattle. Associated Press

  • Seattle Storm's Jewell Loyd brings the ball up against the Las Vegas Aces during the first half of a WNBA basketball game Friday, July 19, 2019, in Seattle.

    Seattle Storm's Jewell Loyd brings the ball up against the Las Vegas Aces during the first half of a WNBA basketball game Friday, July 19, 2019, in Seattle. Associated Press

  • Las Vegas Aces' Liz Cambage, right, reaches for a loose ball over Seattle Storm's Natasha Howard during the first half of a WNBA basketball game Friday, July 19, 2019, in Seattle.

    Las Vegas Aces' Liz Cambage, right, reaches for a loose ball over Seattle Storm's Natasha Howard during the first half of a WNBA basketball game Friday, July 19, 2019, in Seattle. Associated Press

  • Seattle Storm's Jordin Canada, right, drives past Las Vegas Aces' Kelsey Plum during the first half of a WNBA basketball game Friday, July 19, 2019, in Seattle.

    Seattle Storm's Jordin Canada, right, drives past Las Vegas Aces' Kelsey Plum during the first half of a WNBA basketball game Friday, July 19, 2019, in Seattle. Associated Press

  • Seattle Storm's Natasha Howard, right, shoots as Las Vegas Aces' A'ja Wilson defends during the first half of a WNBA basketball game Friday, July 19, 2019, in Seattle.

    Seattle Storm's Natasha Howard, right, shoots as Las Vegas Aces' A'ja Wilson defends during the first half of a WNBA basketball game Friday, July 19, 2019, in Seattle. Associated Press

 
Associated Press
Posted7/20/2019 7:00 AM

SEATTLE -- Natasha Howard had 21 points, 10 rebounds, six blocks and four steals and the Seattle Storm beat the Las Vegas Aces 69-66 on Friday night for their fourth straight victory.

Howard is playing amid her wife's social media allegations of physically threatening and abusive behavior. No charges have been filed against Howard.

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Howard filed for divorce Monday and said in a statement provided by her lawyer Tuesday night that she's prepared to cooperate with the Storm's investigation as well as that of the WNBA.

The Aces (11-6) had their five-game winning streak end despite holding the defending champion Storm (12-8) to a season-low 28% shooting and no field goals over the final seven minutes. What the Storm did do is grab a franchise record 18 steals, the second most in the league this season. Jordin Canada, the league leader, had five.

After Crystal Langhorne's layup put Seattle up 61-53 with 7:13 to play, the Storm missed 10 straight shots and had three shot-clock violations. Langhorne's two free throws at 6:39 made it 63-55.

Liz Cambage's basket with 1:02 to play pulled the Aces to 63-61. Canada twice made a pair of free throws sandwiched around Kayla McBride's 3-pointer for a 67-64 lead with 19.3 seconds to go. Cambage scored inside before Howard made two free throws at 11.4 but Las Vegas could not make a tying shot.

Cambage had 16 points, 14 rebounds and four blocks for the Aces. They finished with 21 turnovers.

Jewell Loyd returned to the Storm after missing seven games with an ankle injury. She did not score in 8 1/2 minutes. The Aces lost Aja Wilson with a left leg injury midway through the third quarter.

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