Road Struggles Continue For The Fever In Detroit
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AUBURN HILLS, MI – In what was a tight game for two-plus quarters, the Fever was outscored 22-12 to close out the third quarter before dropping a 71-63 decision to the Detroit Shock at the Palace of Auburn Hills.
The loss dropped Indiana’s record to 7-4 on the season, while Detroit improved its mark to 5-4. All four of the Fever's losses have come on the road.
Tamika Whitmore had a game-high 19 points and four assists for Indiana. Anna DeForge followed with 15 points on 6-of-12 shooting, including three 3-pointers. Fever star Tamika Catchings was held to just three points and shot 1-of-10 from the field.
The Shock had four starters in double figures, led by Cheryl Ford who finished with 15 points and had a season-high 18 rebounds. Katie Smith had 13, while Swin Cash contributed 12 points and a game-high eight assists.
Trailing 4-0 early in the first quarter, the Fever would go on a 12-1 run to take a seven point lead at 12-5. Detroit, however, used a 9-2 run to close out the period before knotting the score at 17 after one. Whitmore scored 11 first quarter points, while DeForge netted six on a pair of 3-pointers.
Already playing with two first quarter fouls, Catchings picked up her third on an offensive foul call with 11.3 seconds left in the period. As a result, Catchings didn’t see the floor again until the third quarter.
The second stanza saw five ties and nine lead changes with neither team able build a substantial lead. Detroit would go on to score the last five points of the second to take its biggest lead of the half, 36-32, at intermission.
The Fever would keep it close early in the third quarter. A DeForge jumper pulled Indiana to within two of the Shock, 46-44. However, that is the closest the margin would be for the duration of the game.
Detroit took control of the game late in the third quarter, going on a 14-4 run to end the period. Smith's 3-pointer gave the Shock its first double-digit of the game before a Cash break-away lay-up extended the Shock's lead to 60-48 heading into the fourth quarter.
The Fever trailed by as many as 15 points in the final period before dropping the fourth out of its past five road games.
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