Indiana scores five points down stretch to pull away from visiting Seattle, which got 25 points from Jewell Loyd and 23 from Breanna Stewart.
INDIANAPOLIS — Erica Wheeler scored 19 points and Candice Dupree added her first double-double of the season with 16 points and 12 rebounds to help the Indiana Fever rally to beat the Seattle Storm 83-80 on Friday night.
Natalie Achonwa scored a career-high 17 points on 7-of-10 shooting for Indiana (4-5). Shenise Johnson had 12 points and Tiffany Mitchell scored 11.
Dupree’s putback of a missed jumper by Mitchell capped a 12-2 run to open the fourth quarter and gave the Fever a 73-68 lead with 6:13 to play. Seattle’s Sue Bird tied it at 73-all with a three-pointer a minute later, but Indiana answered with five straight points and led the rest of the way.
Jewell Loyd banked in a jumper to get the Storm within three with 1:02 left, but after Breanna Stewart was called for a foul on the other end and Seattle coach Jenny Boucek drew a technical foul, Mitchell hit 2 of 4 free throws to give Indiana an 83-78 lead with 41.6 seconds to go.
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Loyd finished with 25 points and Stewart scored 23 with nine rebounds for the Storm (5-3).
Bird entered the game with 5,565 career points and, with her season-high 11, moves into ninth all time in WNBA history with 5,576, passing DeLisha Milton-Jones (5,571).
Led by Achonwa’s 17 points, Indiana’s bench outscored Seattle’s, 32-3, all the Storm points coming from Ramu Tokashiki.
Seattle caps its three-game trip on Sunday at New York, with tipoff set for noon PST.