Storm loses to Fever, Davenport

Storm loses to Fever, Davenport
Indiana Fever's Jessica Davenport, left, is defended by Seattle Storm's Ashley Robinson during the second half of a WNBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Tuesday, July 5, 2011. Indiana won 78-61. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Jessica Davenport says she just lets the game come to her. Tamika Catchings believes that approach is helping the Indiana Fever center enjoy her best season.

Davenport had 15 points, seven rebounds and four blocked shots to lead the Fever over the Seattle Storm 78-61 on Tuesday night, extending Indiana's winning streak to five games.

"She's definitely having her best year by far," said Catchings, who added 11 points, six rebounds and four steals for the Fever (8-3).

Davenport scored in double-figures for the fifth time this season and had at least three blocked shots for the fourth time this year.

"I was able to move the ball so people on the weak side could get open shots," Davenport said. "Towards the end of the game, they started playing single coverage and I was able to get my game going down low."

Sue Bird scored 21 points and Swin Cash had 13 for the Storm, who wrapped up a three-game road trip.

The Fever closed the first half on an 11-2 run before a third-quarter lull where Indiana shot 5 of 13.

Indiana reserve Shannon Bobbitt scored all of her eight points in the second quarter, including two 3's late in the quarter. Fellow reserve Shavonte Zellous also had eight points, and Tammy Sutton-Brown and Jeannette Pohlen each added five.

"We had a great effort out of the bench," Indiana coach Lin Dunn said. "They gave us a real spark. When you can get 26 points out of your bench, you know you have some good things going on."

Indiana allowed Seattle to pull within four points in the fourth before the Fever went on a 7-2 run to pull away.

"We had an opportunity in the fourth," Cash said. "Tough loss. It will be good to get off the East coast."

The Fever forced the Storm into 19 turnovers.

"That's what this team has to be known for, our defensive intensity" Catchings said. "I think we all answered the challenge. We played great together and we moved the ball."

Indiana's Katie Douglas, who is ninth in the league in scoring, was held to just nine points on 2-of-7 shooting.

The Fever played without starting guard Briann January, who suffered a season-ending ACL injury in Indiana's 91-85 win over Phoenix on June 28. Erin Phillips started in place of January - her first WNBA start since 2009 - and had seven points in three steals.

"I have a lot of confidence in myself and working really hard," Phillips said. "I have superstars around me so having them help me and encourage me makes life so much easier."

Seattle played its fourth straight game without center Lauren Jackson, who underwent surgery on June 30 to repair an injured left hip.

"I thought we kind of stuck with the game play," Dunn said. "That was the difference in the game."