Fever Stormed Over By Seattle, 89-75

STAR OF THE GAME
Ann Strother
Playing just under 15 minutes, Ann Strother stepped in to contribute 11 points, four rebounds and two assists.
UNSUNG HERO
Alison Bales
While playing only in the fourth quarter, Alison Bales went 4-for-5 on the court, scoring nine points for the Fever. She also added four rebounds, one blocked shot and one steal.
QUOTABLE
Tully Bevilaqua
In general:
"What we saw in the fourth quarter, that's what it's all about. It's a bit of a mental thing. It's about effort. Hopefully all of us [starters] were watching our bench."

Brian Winters
On the difference between the 1st & 2nd halves:
"I put in my subs - and they played great! They played with a lot of energy, they executed, they played hard, they shared the ball, they played the way they're supposed to play. They cut hard, they looked for their teammates, they played team basketball."

On playing without Tamika Catchings:
"Tamika obviously isn't with us right now. We're going through a little bit of a tough stretch and we're experiencing some transition right now, but it's no excuse for the way we played early in the game. Our effort wasn't there and we didn't play the way we have to play. Our bench was fantastic. The fourth quarter was a pleasure to watch."

HIDDEN NUMBERS
Points in the paint:
Fever 36, Storm 32
Second-chance points:
Fever 10, Storm 17
Fast-break points:
Fever 12, Storm 12
Points off turnovers:
Fever 18, Storm 28
Starters scoring:
Fever 33, Storm 67
Bench scoring:
Fever 42, Storm 22
GAME REPORT
Storm 89, Fever 75
July 27, 2007 KeyArena (Seattle, WA)
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Team Record 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Indiana 16-9 16 11 21 27 75
at Seattle 13-12 26 24 28 11 89

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."

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