Stars 87

(11-19, 3-12 away)

Storm 77

(16-12, 11-3 home)

    Coverage: OXYG

    10:00 PM ET, August 12, 2003

    1 2 3 4 T
    SA 43 44 87
    SEA 42 35 77

    Top Performers

    San Antonio: M. Dydek 16 Pts, 9 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl, 5 Blk

    Seattle: L. Jackson 32 Pts, 18 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl, 4 Blk

    Jackson has 32 points and 18 boards in loss

    SEATTLE (AP) -- Lauren Jackson continued to make her case for MVP, tying a WNBA record with her seventh consecutive double-double.

    But it wasn't enough to keep the Seattle Storm from losing to the San Antonio Silver Stars 87-77 Tuesday night.

    Jackson had 18 points and nine rebounds in the first half. She finished the game with 32 points -- surpassing the 1,500 mark for her career -- and 18 rebounds.

    "It seems like we stand around and watch Lauren go to work too much these days," Storm coach Anne Donovan said. "She is playing unbelievably.

    "Just like a spectator, you get caught up in what she is going to do next, and frankly I think we got caught up in a little of that tonight."

    Lisa Leslie is the only other player in WNBA history to record a double-double in seven consecutive games. Leslie has done it twice; the first streak began in the end of the 1997 season and carried over into June 1998. Leslie's other streak began last August and ended earlier this season on June 7.

    Natalie Williams posted six consecutive double-doubles in 2000 with Utah. Cindy Brown of Detroit did the same in the 1998 season.

    Four San Antonio starters scored in double figures, helping to snap the Storm's eight-game home winning streak. Margo Dydek led the Silver Stars (11-19) with 16 points, nine rebounds and five blocks.

    "The biggest thing is we helped each other tonight," San Antonio guard Marie Ferdinand said. "I can remember the last time we came up here we got embarrassed.

    "The game was awful. We played individual defense, there wasn't any help at all. Tonight I thought the communication was there and we helped each other a whole lot."

    Neither team could build much of a lead in the first half. Jackson hit the last eight Storm points of the half, all from the free-throw line, but the Silver Stars held on to a 43-42 halftime advantage.

    The Storm (16-12) kept the game close much of the second half, but the Silver Stars were able to pull away late, outscoring the Storm 24-14 over the last 8:46.

    "I'm pleased with the poise they showed down the stretch," Silver Stars coach Shell Dailey said. "That's something that this team struggles with -- poise. We get up and we get down, but they kept everything on an even keel tonight."

    Much of the game was spent at the free-throw line, the Silver Stars going 30 for 35 and the Storm 25 for 28. Jennifer Azzi went 11 for 11 from the line for San Antonio.

    "There were things we wanted to stop, Seattle guard Sue Bird said. "We didn't want to put them on the line and I can't tell you how many 3-pointers we gave up."

    Storm center Kamila Vodichkova left the game early in the first half with a left foot sprain, after coming down awkwardly following a blocked shot. She did not return and it is uncertain how much time she will miss.

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    Team Stat Comparison

      San Antonio Seattle
    Points 87 77
    FG Made-Attempted 27-59 (.000) 24-64 (.000)
    3P Made-Attempted 3-8 (.375) 4-11 (.364)
    FT Made-Attempted 30-35 (.000) 25-28 (.000)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 9-30 15-36
    Assists 10 14
    Turnovers 7 9
    Steals 7 4
    Blocks 5 5
    Fast Break Points 2 3
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 21 (0/0) 24 (0/0)