Second Quarter Propels Fever Past Storm

Tan White
Tan White came off the bench early in the game to score 23 points to lead the Fever to a 90-62 win over Seattle. White was 4-for-4 at the free throw line and also added two assists and two steals.
Sheri Sam
While playing 17 minutes, Sam shot 60 percent from the field, scoring 15 points for the Fever. Sam also had one steal and one assist.
Brian Winters
In general:
"Early on we played behind their post players and our perimeter players did not drop in to help. We started getting defensive rebounds then attacked on offense. Tan (White) came in and prived energy. Sheri (Sam) came in and sparked us. We played our 2-3 zone very effectively."

Tan White
On playing calm:
"I am just getting things going for my team when I come in. I have a lot of confidence right now and I am more patient observing what is going on and when I get in, I just go in and do it."

Points in the paint:
Fever 48, Storm 32
Second-chance points:
Fever 27, Storm 11
Fast-break points:
Fever 14, Storm 14
Points off turnovers:
Fever 24, Storm 19
Starters scoring:
Fever 43, Storm 51
Bench scoring:
Fever 47, Storm 11
Fever 90, Storm 62
June 13, 2007 at Conseco Fieldhouse (Indianapolis, Ind.)
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Team Record 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Seattle 4-4 26 4 13 19 62
at Indiana 8-1 21 29 19 21 90

INDIANAPOLIS, June 13 (AP)-- Tan White scored a season-high 23 points to lead the Indiana Fever to a 90-62 victory over the Seattle Storm on Wednesday night.

Tamika Catchings had 14 points and 10 rebounds for her second double-double of the year. She became the 17th player in WNBA history to reach 3,000 career points when she made a 3-pointer with 3:48 left in the first quarter.

Tammy Sutton-Brown added 15 points, and nine rebounds and reserve Sheri Sam had 15 for Indiana (8-1), which won its fourth straight game and snapped Seattle's two-game winning streak.

Janell Burse led Seattle (4-4) with 18 points, and Lauren Jackson added 17.

Indiana shot 51.5 percent and outrebounded Seattle 41-24. The Fever have won their last three home games by a combined 72 points.

Seattle shot 39 percent and just 2-of-19 3-pointers.

Seattle made its first eight shots to take a 16-8 lead with 5:49 left in the first quarter. Seattle rookie Katie Gearlds, a Purdue graduate, hit a 3-pointer with 3.5 seconds left in the period to give the Storm a 26-21 lead. She finished with three points on 1-for-8 shooting.

Indiana started the second quarter on a 23-0 run while Seattle missed its first 10 shots of the period. Jackson finally scored with 2:28 left in the quarter, but the Fever led 50-30 at halftime. Indiana allowed four points in the second quarter, a team record.

Jackson made a free throw after a technical foul on Indiana coach Brian Winters to cut the Fever's lead to 56-41 in the third quarter, but Indiana responded with a 10-0 run to take a 66-41 lead.

  • With her first two points tonight, Tamika Catchings became the 17th player in WNBA history to score 3,000 points in her career.
  • The Fever's 90 points tonight mark the fourth time Indiana has ever hit the 90-point mark in a game and it is just the second time the Fever has ever scored 90 points in a non-overtime game. Indiana scored 91 points in a regulation contest vs. New York, 5/30/06.
  • Tonight's 28-point margin is Seattle's largest ever to an Eastern Conference team and it is the fifth largest defeat overall for the Storm.
  • With a mark of 8-1, the Fever is off to its best start ever and the 8-1 mark represents the first time that Indiana has had just one loss in any nine-game stretch at any point of any season in its history.
  • Seattle's four points in the second quarter are the fewest ever scored by a Fever opponent in any quarter. The Fever has held the opposition to less than 10 points in at least one quarter six of its nine games this season.
  • Indiana has now won 21 straight games (dating back to the end of the 2005 season) in which it has held the opposition to less than 70 points.
  • Indiana had 13 steals tonight, one off its most this season. Five different Fever players had at least two steals tonight, including the first multi-steals game for Tammy Sutton-Brown, who led Indiana with three.
  • Sheri Sam's 15 points tonight mark her first game in double figures in a Fever uniform.
  • Led by Tan White and Sheri Sam, the Indiana bench scored 47 points while the Seattle reserves scored 11.
  • With 14 points and 10 rebounds, Tamika Catchings registered her second double-double of the season and the 45th of her career.
  • The starting front line of Catchings, Whitmore and Sutton-Brown totaled 27 rebounds, three more than the entire Storm team.
  • Tonight's win is the Fever's fourth straight win vs. Seattle. That represents the Storm's longest current losing streak to any WNBA team.
  • The win is Indiana's sixth straight victory at Conseco Fieldhouse, equaling the team's third longest home winning streak in eight WNBA seasons.
  • After making its first eight shots of the game, Seattle made just 17 of their last 56 (.304) from the floor.
  • Janell Burse's team-high 18 points were one under best outing of the season.
  • Seattle's season-high tying 19 turnovers featured three 24-second shot clock violations.

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