Seattle 83, Indiana 77
Jackson Stars as Storm
Are Too Hot for Fever
SEATTLE (Ticker) -- Lauren Jackson had a big game and prevented Tamika Catchingsfrom doing the same.
Jackson had season highs of 24 points and 15 rebounds as the Seattle Storm shut down Catchings in an 83-77 victory over the Indiana Fever, their fourth straight win.
Sue Bird had 20 points and seven assists for the Storm, the defending WNBA champions who have won by an average of nearly 14 points during their winning streak.
One of the top players in the world, Jackson had not been playing partuclarly well, averaging just 14.5 points while shooting 41.5 percent from the field. However, the Australian made 6-of-13 shots and 11-of-11 free throws while dominating the interior on both ends.
Catchings, a former WNBA Rookie of the Year and the Fever's leading scorer at 16.6 points per game, was harassed by Jackson and others into 3-of-16 shooting. She had 12 points and nine rebounds.
Despite Catchings' struggles, Indiana held a 45-44 lead before Seattle took the lead for good with an 8-0 run that began and ended with baskets by Janell Burse, who had 15 points and 10 boards.
A 3-pointer by rookie Tan White, who scored a season-high 26 points, cut the deficit to 76-71 with 1:27 to go. Bird responded with two free throws with a minute left, and it was at least a two-possession game thereafter.
Betty Lennoxhad 13 points and seven boards for the Storm, who held a 37-30 advantage on the glass and made 31-of-37 free throws. The Fever were 12-of-17 from the line.
Kelly Millerhad 19 points and seven assists for Indiana, which fell to 1-2 on the road.