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Fever-Storm Preview


Breanna Stewart will try to build on her stellar rookie season when the Seattle Storm plays host to the Indiana Fever on Sunday at KeyArena in Seattle, Wash.

Seattle (7-12) is fifth in the WNBA's Western Conference, only 1 1/2 games behind the third-place Dallas Wings. The Storm has lost six of its last nine games but is coming off a 78-68 victory over the San Antonio Stars.

Indiana (8-11) is fourth in the Eastern Conference, one game behind the third-place Washington Mystics and 5 1/2 games behind the first-place New York Liberty.

The Fever, which is in the midst of a three-game trip, has lost four of seven but is coming of a 78-60 victory over the Phoenix Mercury.

Stewart, the No. 1 pick in the 2016 WNBA Draft, was named Rookie of the Month on Thursday for the second month in a row.

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In June, Stewart led all rookies in scoring, rebounding and blocked shots, averaging 19.5 points, 9.5 rebounds and two blocked shots in 11 games.

Stewart turned in a monster performance in a 78-74 loss to New York on Wednesday, finishing with 24 points and 16 rebounds. She had 21 points and seven rebounds to help Seattle snap a three-game losing streak in Friday's victory over San Antonio.

Stewart has posted seven double-doubles this season. She had a career-high 38 points in a victory over the Atlanta Dream on June 28. She is seventh in the WNBA in scoring and first in rebounding, averaging 18.8 points and 9.6 rebounds per game.

Erlana Larkins recorded her fifth double-double in Indiana's victory over Phoenix on Friday. She finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Tamika Catchings was held to nine points on 3-of-11 shooting.

Catchings leads the team in scoring at 13.5 points per game. Tiffany Mitchell averages 11.7 points. Brianna January averages 10.3 points. Larkins is averaging 8.8 points and 8.2 rebounds.

Seattle and Indiana have met twice this season. The Fever beat the Storm 85-75 on June 1. The Storm beat the Fever 90-88 on June 12.