On Wednesday, September 5, the Seattle Storm were defeated 72-48 by the Indiana Fever. The Fever's defense forced the Storm to turn the ball over 28 times, a franchise record. The Fever had a season-high 17 steals in the game and allowed the lowest number of points to be scored against them this season. The Storm have not scored fewer than 50 points in a game since 2008.
With this loss, the Storm have dropped their last two games against a couple of the top teams in the Eastern Conference.
Katie Douglas led the Fever with 16 points. Tamika Catchings added 13 points for the Fever. The Fever outscored the Storm in every quarter. After returning from the Olympics break, the Fever have attained a 10-2 record. They are contenders for the top seed in the Eastern Conference.
Sue Bird and Tanisha Wright, Seattle's guards, did not play in the game. Wright was resting a strained groin. The Storm recently clinched a spot in the playoffs, so head coach Brian Agler is likely trying to keep his players healthy and ready for the postseason. The Fever took advantage of their absence and dominated throughout the game.
The Storm have just five games remaining in the regular season. They face the San Antonio Silver Stars on Friday, September 14 before returning to Seattle to play three games at home. They will play their last regular season game against the Phoenix Mercury.
Now that they have secured a spot in the playoffs, the Storm need to focus on building their chemistry as a team. With Jackson's return, the team has had moments of greatness mixed with some chaos as the teammates learn to play together as a team. Competition will be fierce in the postseason. Anything can happen in the playoffs, and the Storm will definitely have their work cut out for them. That said, the Storm have a number of seasoned veterans who know how to win championships.
Anne Bucher has been a devoted follower of the WNBA since its inception in 1997. A Texas native, she cheered the Houston Comets on to their four consecutive championship titles. Now she lives in the Northwest and roots for the Seattle Storm.
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