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Cash scores 14, Storm cruise past Fever

Swin Cash had 14 points and eight rebounds, Sue Bird added 12 points and the defending WNBA champion Seattle Storm beat the Indiana Fever 68-54 on Friday night.

LeCoe Willingham had 10 points for Seattle (2-1).

Katie Douglas led Indiana (3-2) with 11 points after entering the game with a WNBA-best 21.3 average. Douglas got off just seven shots in the game, hitting four. Tameka Catchings added eight points.

Seattle, coming off a loss to Minnesota on June 9 when it fell behind 22-0, scored the first four points Friday and never trailed.

Seattle finished the first half on 15-4 run, expanding a 19-15 lead to 37-19 by the break. Bird capped it with a buzzer-beating 3-point bank shot from the right of the lane. Indiana took just seven shots in the second quarter, hitting one, and was 4 of 21 (19 percent) in the half.

The Storm pushed the lead to 21 in the opening 2 minutes of the second half. Indiana quickly cut it to 15, but Seattle took a 25-point lead at 58-33 into the final quarter.

Indiana was 16 of 55 (29.1 percent) overall. The Storm also struggled from the field, going 22 of 66 (33.3 percent).