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Storm rout Sky for 13th straight win

Seattle avenges one of two losses this year

SEATTLE – The Seattle Storm showed the Sky how much they have improved since a rare loss two months ago at Chicago.

Swin Cash had 16 points to lead five players in double figures as the Storm beat the Sky 80-60 Friday night for their 13th consecutive win.

Lauren Jackson added 14 points, Svetlana Abrosimova had 13, Sue Bird 11 and Camille Little 10 for Seattle (22-2). Bird also had eight assists as the Storm, who have already clinched the Western Conference title, improved to 13-0 at home.

“That really wasn’t our team at that point in the season,” Bird said. “They played really well and kind of put us back on our heels and we never figured it out. We’ve learned a lot since that game about ourselves and to come out here and show that against them felt good.”

The Storm, who lost 84-75 at Chicago on May 27 to end Seattle’s 4-0 start and give Chicago its first win after opening 0-4, have won 18 of 19 since then. Seattle is undefeated since a 72-65 setback at Indiana on June 17.

“They are clicking,” said Fowles, who led the Sky with 13 points. “Everyone on that team is a threat, not just Lauren and Sue.”

Chicago (12-14) has lost three of four to drop to last place in the Eastern Conference.

The Storm are closing in on the best start in WNBA history – 25-2 set by Houston in 1998. The Comets finished that season 27-3 en route to their second of four straight titles in the league’s first four years.