|STAR OF THE GAME
Catchings recorded a double-double in the Fever’s season-opener, scoring a team-high 16 points while adding a game-high 14 rebounds. Eleven of her 16 points came in the second half.
Hoffman finished with a career-high 13 rebounds, with five coming on the offensive end. Offensively she added 13 points, including 9-of-9 from the foul line.
“This was a case of first game jitters. We had not played in eight or nine days. Some nights the offense will not be going. We were totally out of rhythm in the first half. We knew we could play better. In the second half, we finally started to get some rhythm. Our shots started falling and we did a good job of defending without penalty.”
Points in the paint:
Shock 32, Fever 14
Shock 8, Fever 20
Shock 4, Fever 7
Points off turnovers:
Shock 9, Fever 11
Shock 48, Fever 49
Shock 12, Fever 18
||Fever 67, Shock 60
May 20, 2006 at Conseco Fieldhouse (Indianapolis, Ind.)|
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INDIANAPOLIS – The Fever used a 14-0 run in the final three and a half minutes of the fourth quarter to erase what had been a double-digit second half deficit before earning a 67-60 victory over the visiting Detroit Shock in the club’s season opener Saturday night at Conseco Fieldhouse.
Ebony Hoffman’s 3-point play with 3:15 left in the fourth quarter ignited a scoring binge for the Fever, who would go on to outscore the Shock 16-2 to close out the game. Hoffman had a career-night, finishing with a career-high 13 rebounds, while adding 13 points offensively. Tamika Catchings paced the Fever’s second half comeback, scoring 11 of her team-high 16 points in the second half. Catchings added a game-high 14 rebounds, four assists and three steals. Catchings’ 14 rebounds were only two off her career-high and just three shy of the franchise record. Overall, Indiana out-rebounded Detroit 42-32.
Detroit’s Katie Smith finished with a game-high 19 points on 6-of-12 shooting, however only managed two points in the final period. Three of the Shock’s starting five, Ruth Riley, Swin Cash and Cheryl Ford, were all sidelined early in the third quarter with foul trouble.
Neither team set the world on fire shooting from the field in the opening quarter, playing as if there were a lid on the rim. Indiana shot 3-19 (15.8 percent), while Detroit hit only 33 percent of its shots on 7-21 shooting. The offensive woes continued throughout the first half with both teams connecting on less than 34 percent of their shot attempts.
The Fever carved into a 9-point halftime deficit on the strength of a 10-1 run midway through the third quarter, including eight consecutive points from the line. The Fever reached the bonus at the 6:14 mark of the third quarter, and in the process was able to put key Shock players in early foul trouble. Detroit played much of the quarter without Riley, Cash and Ford, all who sat with four fouls.
Indiana would outscore Detroit 47-31 in the second half.
Indiana has begun the season with a win in its opener for the third straight year, and the fifth time in seven seasons. It was the second time that Detroit has been the loser in Indiana's opening game.
Indiana's 26.3 percent shooting from the floor was its lowest ever in a Fever victory. It was the third-lowest in Fever history, overall.
Ebony Hoffman's 13 points and career-high 13 rebounds marked the first double-double of her career. It was just the third double-digit scoring game of her career. She finished 9-of-9 from the charity stripe - her previous career high for free throws attempted was just six.
Catchings' team highs of 16 points and 14 boards marked the 38th double-double of her career, tying Taj McWilliams-Franklin for seventh on the WNBA's all-time career double-doubles list.
The Shock's leading scorer, Katie Smith (19 points), scored just two points and did not attempt a shot from the floor in the fourth quarter.
Indiana's 39 free throws attempted tied a franchise record, and its 33 free throws made were one shy of a franchise record.
The WNBA leader in steals (9.9 per game) last season, the Fever had nine thefts against the Shock - getting at least two from Ebony Hoffman (2), Tamika Whitmore (3) and Tamika Catchings (3).
2006 Game Report Archive