Storm 74

(6-5, 3-3 away)

Sky 61

(1-9, 0-5 home)

    8:00 PM ET, June 15, 2006

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    SEA 15 12 26 2174
    CHI 18 9 15 1961

    Top Performers

    Seattle: L. Jackson 27 Pts, 10 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Stl, 6 Blk

    Chicago: C. Dupree 12 Pts, 12 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Jackson-fueled Storm hand Sky ninth straight loss

    CHICAGO (AP) -- Lauren Jackson acknowledged she was starting to have some doubts after consecutive subpar games.

    All the 2004 MVP needed was a few more opportunities.

    Jackson had 27 points, 10 rebounds and six blocked shots as the Seattle Storm beat the expansion Chicago Sky 74-61 Thursday night.

    "In the (last) two games that I've had, I think confidence definitely becomes an issue," said Jackson, who totaled 14 points the previous two contests. "I didn't get that many looks the last couple games. So when I did get the opportunities to get rolling (tonight) and when I hit that first shot, I was feeling good."

    Sue Bird had 12 points and five assists, and Tiffani Johnson added 10 points and seven rebounds for the Storm (6-5).

    Jackson scored 23 in the second half-- including 15 in the third quarter-- as the Seattle beat the Sky (1-9) for the second time in eight days to sweep the season series. Chicago has now lost nine in a row after winning their season opener at Charlotte.

    Stacey Lovelace scored a season-high 15 points, and Candice Dupree had 12 points and 12 rebounds for Chicago.

    After being outrebounded by the Sky 17-13 in the first half, Seattle came out and dominated the boards 21-5 in the second half.

    "We just talked about (rebounding) and focused on it," Storm coach Anne Donovan said. "There's no way this should happen with the size we have on our team compared to them."

    Sky coach Dave Cowens agreed with Donovan's assessment and pointed out his team is regularly outrebounded.

    "We get outrebounded most games because of the size (differential)," Cowens said.

    Jackson had 15 points and four blocks in the third quarter as the Seattle took control. She was 4-of-6 from the field and was a perfect 6-for-6 on free throws in the period. The Storm closed the third quarter with a 10-2 run, including the last six points by Jackson, to take a 53-42 lead.

    "Lauren is just a great player," Lovelace said. "In the third quarter, she just took her team on her shoulders and showed why she's such a great player."

    The Sky used a 13-3 run to take an 18-7 lead with 3:33 remaining in the first quarter. However, the Storm responded by scoring 12 straight points.

    Seattle then went on an 8-0 run midway through the second quarter to take a 27-23 lead, before the Sky scored the final four points of the first half to tie the score at 27.

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    Team Stat Comparison

      Seattle Chicago
    Points 74 61
    FG Made-Attempted 28-59 (.000) 24-58 (.000)
    3P Made-Attempted 4-10 (.400) 5-13 (.385)
    FT Made-Attempted 14-15 (.000) 8-14 (.000)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 9-34 8-22
    Assists 16 16
    Turnovers 7 10
    Steals 6 5
    Blocks 8 5
    Fast Break Points 9 0
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 19 (0/0) 17 (0/0)