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Sky thumped 81-72 by visiting Fever, its third straight ‘L’

The Sky's SwCash shoots over Shavonte Zellous IndianFever during Sky's loss Wednesday Allstate Arena. | Gary Dineen~Getty Images

The Sky's Swin Cash shoots over Shavonte Zellous of the Indiana Fever during the Sky's loss Wednesday at Allstate Arena. | Gary Dineen~Getty Images

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Shavonte Zellous led a balanced offense with a season-high 18 points for the Indiana Fever, proving too much for the Sky as it fell 81-72 on Wednesday at Allstate Arena for its third straight loss.

Tamika Catchings had 17 points and a season-high nine assists, Jeanette Pohlen had 14 off the bench and Tammy Sutton-Brown added 10 for the Fever (8-5), which has won three of its last four.

Sylvia Fowles had 19 points and 10 rebounds, Swin Cash scored 17 and Tamera Young added 15 for the Sky (7-4), which is struggling after a franchise-record 7-1 start.

Zellous was 7-for-8 from the field, making all three of her three-pointers.

The Fever improved a four-point halftime lead to double digits with a 12-3 run over the first 3:29 of the third period, which included a pair of threes by Zellous. The Fever’s lead never slipped below eight points after that.

The Fever has beaten the Sky four straight during the last two seasons and leads 22-5 all-time. Indiana made 11 of 19 three-pointers and finished at 45 percent overall from the field.

Catchings struggled offensively for the second straight game, hitting just 2 of 9 shots but making all eight free-throw attempts. On Tuesday, she was 3-for-15 from the field in a loss at Atlanta.

Catchings had five points and four assists while Zellous added five points in the opening quarter as Indiana opened a 22-12 lead.

In the second quarter, the Fever went nearly six minutes without a field goal but compensated with 7 of 9 free throws plus late threes from Catchings and Pohlen en route to a 37-33 halftime lead.

Indiana used its strong third quarter to enter the fourth with a 63-50 advantage.

The Sky outrebounded its opponents 46-35 but turned the ball over 15 times (on 12 Fever steals) compared to 10 for Indiana.

The Sky hosts Phoenix on Friday and Atlanta on Sunday. Indiana is idle until July 5 at home against San Antonio.

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