Seattle Storm guard Sami Whitcomb led the team’s way against the New York Liberty on Saturday with 19 points and six rebounds, including two 3-pointers that capped a bizarre moment.
With about 2:47 remaining in the game, Whitcomb caught a pass from Ezi Magbegor and hit a 25-foot 3-pointer to cut the deficit to seven points. While celebrating the mark, Whitcomb’s gum fell out of his mouth and onto the wooden floor of the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
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He then put the gum back in his mouth and ran down the court to play defense.
Liberty star Breanna Stewart then missed her own three-pointer, which was recovered by Magbegor and the Storm ran back down the court. Whitcomb then nailed another three to bring the deficit to four points.
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The ESPN broadcast caught the bubblegum moment and WNBA legend Rebecca Lobo broke it down for the audience.
«When your gum is lucky, your gum is lucky,» Lobo said. «So if you only hit a three, be happy, it falls out of your mouth, what do you do, Ryan Ruocco? You put it back. Wanna know why? Because that gum is lucky. What happens next time? For the floor? She drains another three.”
Ruocco was speechless.
«I am disturbed and impressed at the same time,» he said.
The Liberty, however, survived the lucky gum and went on to win the game, 80-76.
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New York went to 13-4 on the season while Seattle fell to 4-14.