BY SPNW Staff 09:00PM 09/11/2012

Late collapse sinks Storm in Atlanta

Game: Seattle Storm (13-15) at Indiana Fever  (19-9). When: 4 p.m. PT Wednesday. Where: Indianapolis. Meeting: Indiana, 1-0. TV: NBA TV. Radio: 1090 AM

After a turnover-plagued mess at Atlanta Tuesday night in a 77-61 defeat, the Storm move on to Indianapolis to play the Fever Wednesday, hoping to be able to find a winning gear against a team that has won 9 of its previous 11.

“We’ve got to be physically and mentally tougher if we’re going to be in a situation to win a championship,” said Seattle coach Brian Angler Tuesday night after his team committed 21 turnovers. “We gave it to them 16 times (on steals) and they are going to go down there and shoot layups.”

The Storm (13-15) trailed 37-25 at halftime and by as much as 16 in the third period before closing to 55-54 early in the fourth quarter on a three-pointer by Sue Bird. But the Dream (17-14) ignited with a 13-0 run, part of a 22-7 finish that buried the Storm.

Olympian Angel McCoughtry led Atlanta, which won for the fifth time in six games, with 23 points — 14 in the second quarter when Atlanta took control — and Erika DeSouza had 20. It’s the fourth win in a row for the Dream over the Storm.

Lauren Jackson had 14 points and nine rebounds and Camille Little added 13 points and eight boards for the Storm (13-15), which has lost five of the last eight, including a 68-66 defeat to Indiana Aug. 23 when the Fever ate up an 11-point deficit with a little more than two minutes remaining. Shavonte Zellous hit a three at the buzzer.

The Storm backed into its ninth consecutive playoff berth Sunday when Phoenix, fifth in the West, lost to Indiana. The streak is a WNBA record, breaking a tie with Los Angeles (1999-2006). The Fever is on a run of eight in a row.

The Storm close out its four-game road trip in San Antonio Friday night and return home Sunday against Connecticut.

Coaches: Brian Agler is in his fifth season with the Storm. Former Storm coach Lin Dunn is in her fifth year with the Fever.

SEATTLE STORM 2012 SCHEDULE/RESULTS

Date Opponent W/L Score Rec.
5/18/12 vs. Los Angeles L 66-72 0-1
5/22/12 at Los Angeles L 61-74 0-2
5/27/12 at Minnesota L 71-84 0-3
6/1/12 vs. Tulsa W 76-58 1-3
6/3/12 at Los Angeles L 65-67 1-4
6/6/12 at Minnesota L 55-79 1-5
6/9/12 at San Antonio L 67-80 1-6
6/13/12 at Chicago L 58-74 1-7
6/15/12 at Tulsa W 86-73 2-7
6/17/12 vs. Minnesota W 65-62 3-7
6/22/12 vs. San Antonio W 82-76 4-7
6/24/12 vs. Washington W 72-55 5-7
6/26/12 at Washington W 79-71 6-7
6/30/12 at New York L 59-77 6-8
7/1/12 at Connecticut W 89-83 7-8
7/7/12 at Los Angeles L 59-83 7-9
7/8/12 vs. Phoenix W 83-68 8-9
7/11/12 vs. Atlanta L 59-70 8-10
7/13/12 at Phoenix W 83-64 9-10
8/16/12 vs. Phoenix W 72-58 10-10
8/18/12 vs. Los Angeles L 71-82 10-11
8/21/12 vs. Minnesota L 73-86 10-12
8/23/12 vs. Indiana L 66-68 10-13
8/26/12 vs. New York W 84-66 11-13
8/30/12 vs. Phoenix L 68-74 11-14
9/6/12 vs. Tulsa W 101-74 12-14
9/8/12 at Tulsa W 89-66 13-14
9/11/12 at Atlanta L 77-61 13-15
9/12/12 at Indiana
9/14/12 at San Antonio
9/16/12 vs. Connecticut
9/18/12 vs. Chicago
9/21/12 vs. San Antonio
9/23/12 at Phoenix

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