Fever Stormed Over By Seattle, 89-75
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SEATTLE -- Lauren Jackson's 27 points and 10 rebounds led the Seattle Storm to an 89-75 win over the Indiana Fever on Friday night.
The Fever's fifth consecutive loss wasn't as close as the score might indicate.
With his team trailing by 23 points at halftime and 35 with 41/2 minutes left in third quarter, Fever coach Brian Winters turned to his bench.
The Fever subs responded by scoring 48 second-half points.
"I put in all my subs, and they played great," Winters said in a news release provided by the team. "They played with a lot of energy, they executed, they played hard, they shared the ball, they played the way they are supposed to."
Starter Anna DeForge led the Fever with 12 points, and Ann Strother added 11 in 14 second-half minutes off the bench.
Jackson, in her first game since a record-tying 47-point game against Washington, became the fastest player to 4,000 points in WNBA history. She needed just 14 points to become the fifth WNBA player with 4,000 points and hit the milestone with 6:13 left in the second quarter on a turnaround baseline jumper.
The Fever, missing injured star Tamika Catchings for a fourth straight game, played the entire fourth quarter with their starters on the bench and outscored the Storm 27-11. The 27 points matched Indiana's halftime output.
"Our bench played fantastic," Winters said. "The fourth quarter was a pleasure to watch."