Defense too much as Sun beats Storm

Sandrine Gruda had 14 assists and Lindsay Whalen had 11 points and seven assists Thursday night as the Connecticut Sun defeated the Seattle Storm, 64-53, in Uncasville, Conn.

Whalen became the 10th player in the WNBA history to each 900 career assists.

The Sun (12-10) won, despite shooting 38 percent (23 for 60) from the field. Connecticut held Seattle to 30 percent shooting (17 for 56).

“That was like a playoff defensive game,” Connecticut coach Mike Thibault said. “I don’t think we were pretty offensively and they probably weren’t happy with what they did. We made them work for everything they did. And we had to work for ours.”

Lauren Jackson finished with 12 points before fouling out late in the fourth period. Jackson, who shot 3-for-16 from the field, is one point shy of 5,000 in her career.

Seattle never got closer than 10 in the fourth.

Tanisha Wright had 13 points for Seattle (13-9) and Camille Little added 12 points.

At Dream 80, Shock 75

Iziane Castro Marques scored 16 points and Erika DeSouza had 15 points and 13 rebounds to lead Atlanta (11-11) past Detroit (9-11).

Fever 91, at Lynx 81

Ebony Hoffman scored a season-high 24 points as Indiana (17-5) used a fourth-quarter rally to beat Minnesota (11-11).