|STAR OF THE GAME
Sutton-Brown grabbed seven boards on her way to 12 points and three blocks.
Douglas contributed 11 points and three rebounds.
“I felt like our effort was high and we played hard. We needed more free throws. We went inside but didn’t get to the line enough. It was difficult for our perimeter players to get shots because they switched constantly. We wanted to establish our inside game from the start.”
On Tamika Catchings' Status:
“She was not cleared to play tonight, but she has been cleared to play tomorrow depending on how the swelling in her foot responds to the flight.”
“We got a good lead and found a way to fight off our slow start. Overall we played well in the first half. We had low turnovers which usually equates to W’s. We missed free throws and had no second chance rebounds. They killed us on rebounds, which is a big obstacle to overcome. I felt like we got a contribution from everyone.”
On Expectations For Tomorrow Night's Outdoor Game:
"It’s going to be a historical event. We should be extremely hungry and extremely aggressive after losing a triple-overtime game this year.”
Points in the paint:
Fever 30, Storm 20
Fever 4, Storm 11
Fever 9, Storm 4
Points off turnovers:
Fever 19, Storm 7
Fever 45, Storm 55
Fever 14, Storm 10
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Sheryl Swoopes scored 15 points and grabbed six rebounds in the Seattle Storm's 65-59 win over the Indiana Fever on Friday night.
Point guard Sue Bird sparked the Storm's comeback from a 17-point first-half deficit and helped Seattle extend its winning streak to seven games.
Bird, who will play for the U.S. Olympic team next month in Beijing, paced the Storm late in the fourth quarter and helped them capitalize on Indiana's mistakes. She hit a 3-pointer with 5:20 left that put the Storm up 55-51 and put the Fever away for good.
Finishing with 11 points and five rebounds, Bird -- the WNBA's assists leader -- scored eight points in the final quarter and set up teammates on several key possessions.
Tammy Sutton-Brown led the Fever with 12 points and six rebounds. Indiana played without All-Star forward Tamika Catchings, another member of the U.S. Olympic team.
Catchings was kicked in the right heel in the Fever's loss to Atlanta on Wednesday and missed the team's last two practices.
Seattle was missing Lauren Jackson, the reigning WNBA MVP. She left the Storm earlier this week to join the Australian Olympic women's basketball team.
Tonight's game was the ninth this season that the Fever has played without Tamika Catchings and the team is 5-4 in those contests.
With tonight's win, the Storm has established a franchise record with its seventh straight victory. Tonight's six-point decision is the first of less than double figures in that seven-game winning streak.
After winning five straight, and eight of its first 10, at Conseco Fieldhouse, the Fever has now lost two in a row at home for the first time in 2008.
Including a season-best two from Alison Feaster and a game-high three from Tammy Sutton-Brown, the Fever had eight blocked shots tonight and it has had at least seven rejections in five of the last seven games. The Fever is the Eastern Conference's leader in blocked shots with an average of 5.33 bpg.
Outrebounded, 41-26, by the Storm, the Fever's total tied its season-low and its three offensive rebounds are its fewest of the campaign. Three offensive rebounds ties the third fewest in franchise history. Indiana had just one offensive board in two games (at Portland, 7/28/00 & at Detroit, 6/23/01) and had three at Detroit, 8/25/02.
Yolanda Griffith's game-high 10 boards included a season-high tying six offensive rebounds.
Seattle's win is its first at Conseco Fieldhouse since Sept. 13, 2004, and the Storm has won just three times in eight visits to the Fever's home court.
Fever point guards Tully Bevilaqua and LaToya Bond each had a team-high three assists and committed no turnovers in a combined 40 minutes. Bond's three assists are her most this season.
Bevilaqua added three steals tonight and she has had 40 steals and 29 turnovers (1.38:1) this season.
Tan White also had three thefts tonight, her most since having a career-high five at Atlanta, 6/13.
Allison Feaster's four points off the bench featured 2-2 FT and those were first free throws of the season.
LaToya Bond led the Indiana bench with seven points and that was her best point production since scoring a season-high nine points in consecutive games at Seattle, 6/20, and at Los Angeles, 6/22. Bond's 3-pt FG tonight was her eighth of the season, but her first since the triple overtime loss at New York. 6/26.
Indiana's 11 turnovers tonight was one over its fewest of the season and the Fever scored 19 points off Seattle's 15 miscues. The Storm had just seven points on the Fever's 11 turnovers.