|STAR OF THE GAME
Catchings battled against Phoenix, scoring 17 points. Catchings lead the Fever with three steals, two blocked shots and 15 rebounds.
Anna DeForge shot 50 percent from the field, scoring 12 points for the Fever. She also added three rebounds and two assists.
"I am disappointed in how we played the game tonight. Phoenix played zone and we didn't hit. We need to get the ball inside against the zone and we didn't. They ran out all of our misses and our communication on transition defense needs to get better. We need to play through adversity."
On Fever's offensive flow:
"We definitely hit a lull in the second quarter. Diana [Taurasi] came off the bench tonight and hit five points straight. They [Phoenix] ran and attacked from every angle. As a team, we didn't play good team defense. We just didn't play defense more than anything."
Points in the paint:
Fever 34, Mercury 30
Fever 18, Mercury 15
Fever 2, Mercury 26
Points off turnovers:
Fever 6, Mercury 19
Fever 61, Mercury 73
Fever 17, Mercury 16
INDIANAPOLIS, June 15 -- Cappie Pondexter scored 22 points and Diana Taurasi added 21 to lead the Phoenix Mercury to an 89-78 victory over Indiana on Friday night, snapping the Fever's four-game winning streak.
Former Indiana player Kelly Miller added nine points, 11 rebounds and eight assists for the Mercury (7-5).
Tamika Catchings had 17 points and 15 rebounds and Tammy Sutton-Brown scored 17 points for the Fever (8-2), who lost at home for the first time this season.
Phoenix shot just 39 percent from the field, but committed only six turnovers.
Indiana set a team record for rebounds with 46, nine more than the Mercury. Phoenix outscored the Fever 25-10 from the free throw line.
Phoenix led 62-58 at the end of the third quarter, and the Mercury scored two quick baskets to increase the lead to eight and force the Fever to call a timeout.
Indiana rallied quickly and Catchings blocked Kelly Schumacher's shot, then scored on a reverse layup on the other end to cut Phoenix's lead to 66-64.
Taurasi made a mid-range jumper and was fouled by Indiana's Tamika Whitmore, who argued the call and drew a technical foul. Taurasi finished the three-point play and made the technical free throw to bump the lead back to 70-64.
Tan White layup with 3:47 left capped a 9-2 run and gave Indiana a 72-71 lead. Taurasi, despite having five fouls, scored seven points in the final 3:28.
Tonight's win is the Mercury's first Conseco Fieldhouse since July 2000, ending a five-game losing streak on Indiana's home floor. The win also ends the Fever's four-game overall winning streak against Phoenix/
The Mercury's 89 points are the most ever scored by a Fever opponent at Conseco Fieldhouse.
Phoenix tied the most assists by any Fever opponent at Conseco Fieldhouse with 22. The Mercury were led by former Fever player Kelly Miller, who handed out a career-high eight assists.
Miller also led the Mercury with a season-high 11 rebounds, which were one short of her career-high set last season.
Phoenix's six turnovers tied the second fewest ever forced by the Fever defense and they are the fewest by a Fever opponent since the Miami Sol had just five at Miami, 6/30/02. The Mercury's six miscues tonight are the fewest ever by a road team at Conseco Fieldhouse.
Phoenix had seven steals tonight, becoming the first Fever opponent this season to have more steals than turnovers.
The Fever outrebounded the Mercury, 46-27, registering the most rebounds in franchise history.
With her 17 points and season-high 15 rebounds, Tamika Catchings registered her third double-double of the season and her second in two games. Catchings' rebounds are one short of her most ever in the WNBA and two short of the team record.
Ebony Hoffman recorded a season-high nine rebounds tonight off the bench.
The Fever has now trailed entering the fourth quarter twice, losing both games.
The Fever connected on 5-11 3-pt FG in the first quarter then made just 1-13 the rest of the game. Indiana missed its last seven straight from behind the 3-pt arc.
The Fever's 29 points in the first quarter equaled its most in any period this season and were its most in a first quarter in 2007.
Kelly Schumacher's bench-high 14 points represent just her second game in double figures this season.
2007 Game Report Archive