Seattle Falls to Fever 88-65 in Indiana
The Storm struggled to take care of the ball and Indiana took full advantage as the Storm dropped the finale of its three-game road trip 88-65on Wednesdayafternoon.
Seattle will return homeon Fridayto take on Phoenix at KeyArena as the first game of a doubleheader with the Seattle Pro-Am.
The Storm fell behind early 17-6 in the first quarter with nine points coming from Indiana’s Marissa Coleman but then the Storm battled back.
On the next possession, Abby Bishop hit a three to bring the deficit to single digits at 17-9. Next time down the floor, Alysha Clark found Jewell Loyd for the layup to cut it to eight. Sue Bird chipped in with a pair of free throws and it got the Storm back into the game at 19-13.
Bishop finished with 12 points on 4-for-5 shooting.
The Storm found itself down by 12 in the second but, again, chipped away at the lead. Clark had five straight points, including a three, and Bird hit a pair of free throws to make it a 36-29 game.
But then the turnovers began to pile up for Seattle and Indiana took advantage. The Fever went on a 9-2 run to take a 46-31 lead.
Indiana scored 19 points off the 12 Seattle turnovers in the first half. The Fever went into the half with a 53-35 lead.
Loyd tried to keep the Storm in the ballgame and attacked the rim as she scored nine points in the period, which included going 4-for-4 from the line.
She finished with a team-high 15 points on 3-for-7 from the field and 8-for-10 from the line. It was the fourth time in the last five games Loyd has reached double figures in scoring.
Despite Loyd’s burst in the quarter, the Storm had no answer on defense as Indiana shot 50 percent from the field and grabbed 13 offensive rebounds.