INDIANAPOLIS – Katie Douglas scored 16 points, and the Indiana Fever forced a franchise-record 28 turnovers in a 72-48 victory over the Seattle Storm on Wednesday night.
Tamika Catchings added 13 points, seven rebounds and a season-high six steals for the Fever (20-9), which has won eight of nine.
Svetlana Abrosimova had 11 points and eight rebounds for the Storm (13-16).
Seattle played without its starting backcourt. Point guard Sue Bird, the Storm’s leading scorer, rested and Tanisha Wright did not play because of a groin strain. The Fever took advantage, getting a season-high 17 steals and allowing a season-low point total.
Seattle center Lauren Jackson finished with four points on 2-for-10 shooting and committed seven turnovers.
Indiana shot just 33 percent from the field but made 10 3-pointers and outscored the Storm 14-4 from the free-throw line.
The Fever held Seattle scoreless for the first 4:51 while building a 10-0 lead. Indiana led 35-26 at halftime after forcing 15 turnovers before the break.
Indiana led by double digits for much of the third quarter. Seattle closed the gap before Douglas hit a 3-pointer to make it 49-37. A 3-pointer by Jeanette Pohlen and a layup by Erin Phillips late in the quarter expanded the lead to 56-37.