|STAR OF THE GAME
When the game was on the line, Catchings took the game over. She shot 8-of-16 overall to finish with 21 points, six rebounds, six assists and a pair of steals. When Minnesota took a three-point lead late in the first half, Catchings helped manufacture six Fever points in 14 seconds, registering both of her steals and the final bucket before intermission.
Hoffman came off the bench to spark Indiana with a game-high seven rebounds in just 16 minutes of action. She added 10 points on 3-of-5 shooting and was perfect on four free throws.
On both Tamikas and the bench:
"Tamika and Tamika both are great players. They're both All-Stars and we know they are going to score points for us. Ebony Hoffmany played particularly well tonight, she led us in rebounding and only played 16 minutes. And I thought Tan White was very productive off the bench for us again."
On ending the first half and opening the second:
“[Ending the first half strong] was definitely a key. The way we ended it kind of jump-started the beginning of the second half. We came out knowing that the first five minutes would be key to us jumping on [Minnesota], playing some defense and getting some easy baskets. We did really well as a team."
Points in the paint:
Fever 38, Lynx 28
Fever 14, Lynx 15
Fever 13, Lynx 8
Points off turnovers:
Fever 20, Lynx 12
Fever 62, Lynx 51
Fever 27, Lynx 24
||Fever 89, Lynx 75
May 29, 2007 at Target Center (Minneapolis, Minn.)|
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MINNEAPOLIS (AP)-- Tamika Catchings scored 21 points as the Indiana Fever pulled away from Minnesota in the second half for an 89-75 victory Tuesday night and their third consecutive 3-0 start to a season.
Seimone Augustus scored 23 points to lead the Lynx, but it wasn't enough to overcome Minnesota's defensive lapses and the team fell to a league-worst 0-5. For the Lynx, it's the worst start in franchise history.
Indiana built a double-digit lead in the opening quarter only to have the Lynx come back to tie with a 12-1 run early in the second. Minnesota took its first lead with less than a minute to play in the half, and looked to have the advantage at the break, before the Fever scored six points in the final 14.4 seconds of the second quarter to lead 40-37 at halftime.
The Fever, who have scored 80 or more in three consecutive games for the first time in franchise history, got 17 points from Tamika Whitmore and led by as many as 18 in the late stages of the game. Whitmore's three 3-point field goals were a career high.
Rookie Lindsey Harding had a season-best 17 points for the Lynx.
2007 Game Report Archive