Fever Enters All-Star Break With 74-62 Road Win Over Seattle
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SEATTLE, WA – The Indiana Fever scored 22 unanswered points across halftime before holding off a late run by Seattle in claiming a 74-62 road victory over the Storm Sunday night. The Fever now enters the All-Star break with a record of 13-7 and is currently third in the East standings, 1 ½ games behind the East-leading Connecticut Sun and ½ a game behind the Detroit Shock.
The win, which snapped a two-game losing streak for Indiana, was the first in Seattle in franchise history. The Fever had lost during its five previous trips to KeyArena.
Tamika Catchings scored a game-high 20 points, including three 3-pointers, to go along with eight rebounds, five assists and four steals. Anna DeForge contributed 15 points, and added three rebounds and a season-high four steals.
Lauren Jackson led Seattle with 19 points on 6-of-12 shooting and had six rebounds for the Storm, which had a season and franchise-high 28 turnovers in the game.
The first quarter saw four ties and seven lead changes with neither team able to build a substantial lead. Tully Bevilaqua’s break-away lay-up in the closing seconds of the first quarter gave Indiana a 14-12 lead after one.
With the game tied at 18, Catchings converted a 3-point play before creating a Seattle turnover and taking it coast-to-coast for an uncontested lay-up, giving Indiana a five-point advantage at 23-18.
The Fever would go on to outscore the Storm 17-4, including ten unanswered in the final five minutes of the second quarter to take a double-digit lead at halftime. Tamika Whitmore’s 3-pointer with one second left in the half extended Indiana’s lead to 35-22. Seattle’s 22 points in the first half was the lowest total for the Storm in a half this season.
Indiana took control of the game early in the second half, going on a 12-0 run to open the second quarter. Bevilauqa hit a 3-pointer before DeForge’s 3-point play extended Indiana’s lead to 19. DeForge and Catchings then dropped back-to-back 3’s as the Fever’s lead ballooned to 25. Indiana led by as many as 31 in the third quarter.
Trailing 57-26, the Storm would go on a 9-2 run to close out the third. Seattle continued its surge in the fourth, putting together a 15-2 run to cut Indiana’s lead down to just 11 with 4:27 left in regulation. Seattle’s Sue Bird hit a jumper with 2:25 left to make it a nine-point game. However, that is as close as the Storm would get in a valiant effort to come back from a 30-point second half deficit.
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