|STAR OF THE GAME
In just 24 minutes, Catchings was one rebound and three steals shy of the WNBA's first triple-double with steals. She finished with 12 points, nine rebounds and seven steals. Her seven first-half steals, and five first-quarter steals both tied WNBA records.
Sutton-Brown led the Fever in points, ending with 17 while playing just under 30 minutes. She also contributed three assists to help the Fever cruise past the Comets. Sutton-Brown was 7 for 10 at the free throw line and grabbed four rebounds.
"A lot better tonight. We are still a work in progress and still acclimating to our new players. We will continue to improve, get better and grow."
On the difference between last night's performance and tonight's performance:
"We had an early flight this morning and came back refocused. There are so many games in a short time, you have to let go of the loss and be ready for the next game."
Points in the paint:
Fever 24, Comets 30
Fever 9, Comets 14
Fever 13, Comets 5
Points off turnovers:
Fever 22, Comets 14
Fever 49, Comets 32
Fever 35, Comets 27
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Tamika Catchings had 12 points, nine rebounds and seven steals in three quarters in the Indiana Fever's 84-59 victory over the Houston Comets on Wednesday night.
Catchings tied the WNBA record with seven steals in the first half to help the Fever take a 44-27 lead at the break. She sat out the fourth quarter because the Fever had the game under control. Indiana led by as many as 27 points in the final period.
Tammy Sutton-Brown led the Fever (5-1) with 17 points on 5-for-10 shooting.
Michelle Snow led Houston (0-6) with 15 points, and Barbara Turner added 13. Tina Thompson, the league's No. 3 scorer, was shut in the first half and finished with six points on 2-for-9 shooting. Forward Sheryl Swoopes sat out her second straight game because of inflammation in her lower back.
Indiana bounced back after a loss at New York on Tuesday night, while Houston continued the worst start in team history. The Comets committed 24 turnovers and shot 39 percent from the field.
Indiana made eight of its first 12 shots to take a 22-3 lead in the first quarter.
Houston opened the second half on a 7-0 run to cut the Fever's lead to 44-34, but Indiana bumped the lead back up to 63-45 by the end of the period.
Tamika Catchings' five steals in the first quarter and seven in the first half tied the most in a quarter and half in WNBA history. She shares the steals in a quarter record with teammate Tully Bevilaqua, who had five in a quarter vs. San Antonio, 8/5/06. Catchings tied the steals in a half record shared by Cynthia Cooper (Houston at Charlotte, 8/11/97) and Michelle Brogan (Phoenix at Utah, 7/27/98). Her seven steals are also the most by any player in a full game this season.
In the last three games, Catchings has averaged 5.2 spg and she now leads the WNBA in total steals with 20 and in steals per game with 3.67 spg.
Catchings fell one rebound short of a double-double with 12 points and a season-high tying nine rebounds.
K.B. Sharp led the Fever in assists with a season-best six, which is one short of her most ever in the WNBA set vs. Chicago, 8/13/06.
As a team, the Fever had 14 steals, one short of the most by any team in the league this season.
Houston's eight points in the first period were the fewest in a quarter against the Fever this season. The Comets also scored an opponent season-low 59 points for the game.
The Fever has won two in a row against the Comets for the first time in its history. Indiana is now 3-10 all-time vs. Houston.
The Fever has won the second game in three of its last four back-to-backs and the Houston Comets have been the opposition in two of those three wins.
Including a difference of 35-27 tonight, the Indiana bench has outscored the opposing reserves in five of six games and the Fever is undefeated in those five games. The Indiana bench had just 11 points to 17 by the New York bench last night in Madison Square Garden.
After scoring just four points in her Houston debut vs. Detroit, 6/2, Barbara Turner led the Comets' bench with 13 points. That is one off her most in her WNBA career.
The Fever is now 4-0 this season vs. opposition from the Western Conference.
Tammy Sutton-Brown is the third different Fever player to lead the team, as she scored a season-high 17 points tonight. Her 17 points included 7-10 FT.
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