Second Half Surge Leads Fever Past Storm

Catchings led Indiana’s scoring attack with a team-high 18 points, including going 9-of-10 from the foul line. She also had five rebounds and a team-high four assists.
Whitmore had 13 points while shooting 5-of-8 from the floor. Eleven of her 13 points came in the second half. She also had five rebounds, three assists and a team-high five steals. Her five steals was also a career-high.
On the third quarter:
“We gave up a lot of threes to begin the third quarter. We talked about having to make them put the ball on the floor more. And suddenly we got quicker, we pressured the ball, ran some good offense.”

On La’Tangela Atkinson:
“She’s a good defender and rebounder. We try to put her on their better player, which in this case was Lennox (Betty) and she did a good job defending her. La’Tangela was very active around the back board.”

Points in the paint:
Storm 16, Fever 24
Second-chance points:
Storm 7, Fever 14
Fast-break points:
Storm 6, Fever 8
Points off turnovers:
Storm 22, Fever 23
Starters scoring:
Storm 43, Fever 53
Bench scoring:
Storm 19, Fever 16
Fever 69, Storm 62
June 11, 2006 at Conseco Fieldhouse (Indianapolis, Ind.)
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Team Record 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Seattle 4-5 12 15 21 14 62
at Indiana 6-3 15 10 25 19 69

INDIANAPOLIS – After scoring just 25 first half points, the Fever dropped 44 in the second half en route to a 69-62 victory over the visiting Seattle Storm in Conseco Fieldhouse Sunday night. The win improved Indiana’s record to 6-3 this season and 4-0 at home.

Tamika Catchings was Indiana’s leading scorer with 18 points, five rebounds and four assists. Anna DeForge finished with 14 points and six rebounds, while Tamika Whitmore netted 13. Rookie La’Tangela Atkinson contributed seven points and tied a season-high with seven rebounds off the bench for the Fever.

Seattle’s Betty Lennox led all scorers with 20 points in the game, connecting on eight of her 16 field goal attempts. Sue Bird had 12 points on four 3-pointers, all coming in the second half. Lauren Jackson, the league’s fourth-leading scorer coming in, managed just six points on 3-of-7 shooting.

The Fever had trouble containing Lennox to open the game as she carried the Storm early. Lennox, who averaged 10.9 points per game coming in, scored 10 of Seattle’s 12 first quarter points, shooting 5-for-5 from the field. Catchings paced Indiana with eight points in the first quarter on 3-of-4 shooting.

The Fever used an 8-0 run midway through the first half to take a six point lead, 18-12. Seattle, though, would go on an 11-0 run to turn a six-point deficit into a five-point lead at 23-18 with 5:14 left in the second quarter. During that stretch, the Fever had nine empty possessions as the Storm began to build a lead.

The Fever kept pace with the Storm however, scoring six of the final eight points in the second. Tully Bevilaqua’s steal and ensuing lay-up with less than a minute left pulled Indiana to within two of Seattle, 27-25, in a low-scoring first half of play.

After not scoring in the first half, Seattle’s Bird found her touch early in the third quarter. Bird hit three 3-pointers in the first four minutes of the period to help extend the Storm’s lead to nine at 40-31, its largest lead of the game.

Trailing 42-33 at the 4:10 mark of the third quarter, Indiana would go on to outscore Seattle 21-6 during the game’s next 6:34 to lead by three early in the fourth quarter. Barbra Turner’s 3-point play with 7:36 remaining would end a 10-0 Fever run. Indiana led by as many as ten late in the fourth quarter before holding off Seattle down the stretch.

  • The Fever has won two in a row against the Storm for the first time ever and tonight's win lifts Indiana's record against the West in 2006 to 2-2.
  • The Fever has matched its best record ever after nine games with a mark of 6-3. Indiana was also 6-3 after nine games a year ago.
  • After leading the Storm to a 27-25 lead with 17 points in the first half, Betty Lennox scored just three points in the second half and those three game on a 3-pt FG in the final minute of the game. She had shot 0-5 from the floor in the second half leading up to that final basket.
  • Indiana’s 10 steals tonight, its sixth game of 10+ steals this season. Tamika Whitmore accounted for half those steals with a career-best five. Whitmore's five steals ties the most by any Fever player this season. Tamika Catchings had five steals at Charlotte, 6/9. Whitmore entered tonight's game fourth on the team with 10 steals, but is now second with 15 steals this season.
  • Tonight's game was the seventh lowest scoring total (131 points) for two teams in the WNBA this season. The Fever has been involved in four of the seven lowest scoring games this season, including the lowest at San Antonio, 5/23, when the Fever and the Silver Stars combined for 115 total points.
  • The Indiana defense limited the Storm's top scorer, Lauren Jackson (21.4 ppg), to a season-low six points. That is just the second time this season that Jackson has failed to reach double figures.
  • The Fever had five players with at least five rebounds apiece and La'Tangela Atkinson led the team with a season-high tying seven boards. Outrebounded, 16-12, in the first half, the Fever outrebounded Seattle, 20-11, in the second half.
  • Having missed one of her four free throws tonight, Barbara Turner fell one points short of tying her best effort of the season with 12 points. That free throw was the only shot she missed all night, having hit 4-4 FG, 1-1 3-pt FG and 3-4 FT.
  • Seattle's seven free throws made tied the fewest by a Fever opponent this season. The Storm's 10 attempts and its free throws made are both Seattle's lowest marks of the season.
  • Seattle's 23 turnovers matched the most by a Fever opponent this season and is Seattle's season-high.
  • Seattle's 10 points in the second quarter are the fewest by the Storm in any quarter this season. The Storm's 27 first-half points are also a season-low for any half.

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