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Mercury Rout Storm 64-50

August 16, 2003

PHOENIX (AP) _ Tamicha Jackson had 20 points and Anna DeForge 19 as the Phoenix Mercury defeated the Seattle Storm 64-50 Friday night.

The Mercury snapped a three-game losing streak and held the Storm to their lowest point total of the season. Seattle scored 56 against San Antonio on May 24.

Seattle (16-13), which fell back into a tie for third in the Western Conference with Minnesota, missed 13 shots in a row twice in the second half and made just 6-of-36 shots, scoring a season-low 14 points in the half.

Phoenix (7-23) went on a 20-2 run during the Seattle drought, making half its shots in the second half, in a 38-14 advantage.

Lauren Jackson, the league leader in points with 21.6 per game and fourth in rebounds at 8.9, just missed a double-double with 14 points and eight rebounds. But she was 6-of-18 from the field and missed six layups in a row at one point. She came into the game having had seven consecutive double-doubles, tying a league mark set twice by Los Angeles’ Lisa Leslie.

Sue Bird scored 14 points, 12 in the first half, for Seattle, which had beaten the Mercury in their first three meetings this season. Bird missed eight of 12 shots.

Seattle has lost five straight on the road but won two of four overall.

The Storm ran out to a 13-0 lead in the first three minutes after hitting their first six shots. They led by as much as 18. But Phoenix went on a 13-2 run late to cut the advantage to 32-26 with 3:10 left. Seattle led 36-26 at halftime.

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