|STAR OF THE GAME
She only played 19 minutes, but her 11 points on 4-of-6 shooting included three straight 3-pointers and eight of her points came during a 22-6 run to end the first period.
Tough to be "unsung" when you're Tamika Catchings, but she finished with a "quiet" nine points, 10 rebounds, five assists, three blocks and two steals. She played the first nine minutes of the second half and never returned. Said Liberty coach Patty Coyle after the game, "She's the best player in the league."
"We came out focused right before the All-Star break. We wanted to take care of business. We had a lot of energy and were ready for their running game."
"We have a good record but we’re not satisfied with it. Our defense has been solid. The addition of Tammy Sutton-Brown has helped. The contribution off the bench continues to improve. We are not where we want to be. Other teams are getting better so we need to keep improving. We’re not just satisfied with five wins in a row. We want 10 or 11. We will take a break until the Monday after the All-Star game and then go back to work.”
Points in the paint:
Fever 32, Liberty 14
Fever 13, Liberty 4
Fever 14, Liberty 12
Points off turnovers:
Fever 21, Liberty 20
Fever 41, Liberty 46
Fever 38, Liberty 17
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Reserve guard Tan White scored 16 points to lead the Indiana Fever to a 79-63 win over the New York Liberty on Thursday night for their franchise-record fifth straight victory.
Tamika Whitmore scored 12 points and Anna DeForge added 11 for Indiana. Tamika Catchings sat out the fourth quarter and fell one point short of her seventh double-double, finishing with nine points and 10 rebounds.
Shameka Christon led New York with 16 points, Janelle McCarville had 13 points and six rebounds and Loree Moore added 12 points.
Indiana (15-4) enters the All-Star break with the league's best record. The Fever won the regular-season series with the Liberty 3-1 and improved to a league-best 8-2 at home. New York's winning streak was stopped at two games.
The Fever, who entered the game leading the league in scoring defense, held New York (10-9) to 38 percent shooting. Indiana also outrebounded the Liberty 40-30.
Catchings made a driving layup as time expired in the first half to give the Fever a 45-28 lead. Indiana held New York to 29 percent shooting before the break.
The Fever extended their lead to 63-41 on a 3-pointer by Sheri Sam with 1:19 left in the third quarter.
Indiana led by as many as 26 points in the fourth quarter.
With tonight's win, the Fever has won five straight games for the first time in its eight-year history.
The Fever has won three of four games in 2007 vs. the New York Liberty, giving Indiana the advantage in any tie-breaking situation for postseason seeding purposes.
The Fever is now 8-3 against the Eastern Conference and overall is 8-2 at Conseco Fieldhouse.
The Fever just missed having six double figure scorers for the third time in history and the second time this season. In addition to Tan White, Tamika Whitmore and Anna DeForge that all scored 10+ points, Tamika Catchings, Tammy Sutton-Brown and Sheri Sam all scored nine points each.
Ann Strother's 3-pt FG late in the fourth quarter represented her first points of the 2007 regular season. Her 3-pt FG tonight was her first in the regular season since May 20, 2006, while playing for Phoenix.
The Fever tied a season-high with seven blocked shots tonight. Tamika Catchings tied the most by any Fever player this season with three and that is her third game of the season with three rejections
Including a season-best tying 3-3 by Anna DeForge, the Fever tied a season-high tonight with nine 3-pt FG. In her last seven games, DeForge has shot 12-17 from behind the 3-pt arc (.706).
Sheri Sam hit multiple 3-pt FG for the first time this season, making 2-3. In the last six games, she has hit 7-12 from "downtown" (.583).
Sam also had a season-high three assists.
Attempting 20+ free throws for the first time in the last six games (since the game in New York, 6/24), the Fever shot below 70 percent (14-21, .667) for the fourth time in the last six games.
New York's 25 turnovers were one off the most by a Fever opponent in 2007 and were the most by the Liberty this season.
The Fever has scored 30+ points in five straight games and in those five games has outscored its opponents in the paint, 166-108. In the first 14 games of the season Indiana scored 30+ points in the paint just four times and outscored the opposition in the paint just six times.
Including her team-high five tonight, Tamika Catchings has had five or more assists in four straight games and in six of the last eight games. In that span, she has averaged 5.75 apg.
The Fever had five players with at least six rebounds apiece and outrebounded the Liberty, 40-30. That is the fifth time this season that Indiana has had 40+ rebounds.
With her 16 points, Tan White has led the team in scoring six times--second only to Tamika Catchings' 10 times.
The Fever's 14 steals matches its second highest total of the season and matches its Conseco Fieldhouse season-high.
Tully Bevilaqua's two steals and no turnovers tonight gives her a steals-to-turnover ratio of 1.08:1 for the season, which is third best in the league. It was her fifth game without a turnover this season.
2007 Game Report Archive