Fever Put An End To Stormís Three-Game Win Streak
SEATTLE, July 9 (Ticker) -- Tamika Catchings and the Indiana Fever took advantage of the sloppy Seattle Storm.
Catchings had 20 points, eight rebounds, five assists and four steals as the Fever capitalized on a franchise-record 28 turnovers by the Storm for a 74-62 victory and a sweep of the season series.
Anna DeForge scored 15 points and also had four steals for the Fever, who had 15 steals and stopped the Storm's three-game winning streak.
The Fever took the lead for good at 20-18 on a layup by Catchings with 5:13 left in the second quarter that triggered a 7-0 burst. Indiana put away the game with a 22-0 run across halftime.
Ebony Hoffman scored five of her nine points in a 10-0 spurt that closed the first half and gave the Fever a 35-22 advantage. DeForge scored five points in a 12-0 surge that opened the third period.
A 3-pointer by Catchings extended the margin to 47-22 with 8:22 left in the third quarter. Indiana coasted home as Seattle got no closer than eight points in the fial minute.
Tamika Whitmore scored 13 points for the Fever, who overcame 20 turnovers.
Lauren Jackson scored 19 points and Sue Bird added 12 for the Storm, who were just 1-of-12 from the arc. Bird was one of five Seattle players with four turnovers.