BY SPNW Staff 07:15PM 09/12/2012

Without Bird, Wright, Storm has no shot vs. Fever

The shorthanded Storm continued to unravel on its road trip, committing 28 turnovers  on the way to a 72-48 wipeout by the Fever in Indianapolis Wednesday night. Without its two best ballhandlers –  Sue Bird was rested and Tanisha Wright sat out because of a groin strain — the Storm was held scoreless for the first five minutes as Indiana shot out to a 10-0 lead.

Despite shooting only 32 percent from the field, the Fever was up 35-26 at the half and by 22 after three periods.  Katie Douglas scored 16 points to lead Indiana. Tamika Catchings added 13 points, seven rebounds and a season-high six steals for the Fever (20-9), which have won eight of nine.

The Fever are 10-2 since the Olympic break and remain in contention for the top seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs.

Seattle, which has lost six of its past nine games,  was led by Svetlana Abrosimova, who had 11 points and eight rebounds. Lauren Jackson finished with four points on 2-for-10 shooting and committed seven turnovers.

The Storm wrap up the four-game road trip Friday in San Antonio.


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