|STAR OF THE GAME
In 37 minutes, she scored a team-high 22 points on 7-of-11 shooting, grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds, and handed out six assists.
Bevilaqua scored eight points on 3-of-4 shooting including 2-of-2 from the three point line. She also came away with the game-saving steal as time expired.
“Top teams are involved in close games. We had a great stop at the end. Tully (Bevilaqua) made a big three toward the end. We were a little sluggish coming out of the All-Star break, but Chicago just came out of the same break. The Sky showed good play tonight. They are a competitive team, not an expansion team anymore. We want to take care of home court on Friday versus Detroit.”
on the last few possesions:
“We struggled big time from the free throw line. My heart did a flip flop when we missed them, which was uncharacteristic for us. Collectively, we came together to get the defensive stop.”
Points in the paint:
Fever 30, Sky 30
Fever 10, Sky 15
Fever 13, Sky 2
Points off turnovers:
Fever 18, Sky 20
Fever 56, Sky 43
Fever 19, Sky 31
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Tamika Catchings had 22 points and 13 rebounds to help the Indiana Fever beat the Chicago Sky 75-74 Wednesday and win their sixth-straight game.
Catchings also had six assists for the Fever (16-4), who have the best 20-game start in Eastern Conference history.
Tammy Sutton-Brown added 12 points and six rebounds for the Fever.
Reserve guard Jia Perkins scored 24 points for Chicago and Candice Dupree added 12 points for the Sky, who lost their fifth straight.
Chicago had the ball with eight seconds left and Indiana leading 75-74. The Sky's Dominique Canty got tied up, and Indiana's Tully Bevilaqua got the steal.
Catchings ended up with the ball and threw it down the court as time expired.
Dupree, an All-Star and Chicago's leading scorer, fouled out with 12 seconds left and was unavailable for the final play.
The Fever could have put the game away, but they missed all four of their free-throw attempts in the final 12 seconds.
The crowd of 10,542 was Indiana's largest home crowd in nearly four years. Indiana hosts Detroit on Friday night in a matchup of teams with the two best records in the league.
Indiana fell behind 16-7 in the first quarter before Tamika Whitmore got a technical foul for arguing with an official. The Fever outscored the Sky 13-3 the rest of the quarter to take a 20-19 lead.
Perkins made a jumper with two seconds left in the first half to give Chicago a 39-38 lead.
Indiana led by as many as eight points in the third quarter, but Chicago came back to tie the score at 55 on a shot by Armintie Price with 21 seconds left in the period. Catchings made two free throws with three seconds left in the quarter to give the Fever a 57-55 lead heading into the final period.
With its win tonight, the Fever has started the 2007 season with a mark of 16-4. That is the best record ever after 20 games for a team from the Eastern Conference.
With her 22 points and 13 rebounds, Tamika Catchings registered her seventh double-double of the season and the 50th of the season. She is the ninth player in league history to record 50 career double-doubles.
On its way to 11 steals today, the Fever had five players with at least two steals today, including a season-high tying three from Tammy Sutton-Brown and one in the final seconds by Tully Bevilaqua that iced Indiana's one-point win.
Today’s attendance (10,542) is the largest Kids Day attendance in Fever history. It is the Fever’s biggest home crowd since drawing 13,093 against Cleveland, August 23, 2003. Wednesday’s attendance is the sixth-largest July crowd in Fever history, and the biggest Fever crowd in July since 2001.
The Fever has posted four straight home games over 7,000 for the first time since 2005. The Fever is on pace to challenge its highest attendance average for the month of July since its inaugural season, averaging 8,628 during three games this month.
Including 2-2 from behind the arc today, Anna DeForge has shot 8-8 from 3-pt range in the last three games at Conseco Fieldhouse. DeForge has made 14 of her last 19 from long range (.737) and is among the league leaders with a mark of 25-56 3-pt FG (.446) for the season.
With two fewer offensive rebounds than the Fever (10-12), Chicago outscored Indiana, 15-10, in second chance points.
With her six assists today, Tamika Catchings has handed out at least five assists in five straight games and has averaged 5.4 apg in that span.
The Sky's top rebounder on the season, Candice DuPree, who averages 8.2 rpg had just three today and that is one off her season-low. She has had fewer than five boards three times this season.
The Fever's 12-21 FT (.571) is its poorest shooting performance of the season. The Fever started the game by making eight of its first nine free throws and then shot 4-12 the rest of the game, including 0-4 in the fourth quarter.
Including its 30 today, the Fever has scored 30+ points in the paint in six straight games and the Sky's 30 points in the paint ties the most by a Fever opponent in the last eight games.
The Sky's Armintie Price led the team with seven rebounds, all of which came at the offensive end. That tied the most offensive boards by any Chicago player this season.
Having shot 29-63 FG (.460) today, the Sky is just the third team to shoot better than 41 percent from the floor against the Fever this season. 466.0 percent is the second best by a Fever opponent this season and the best that an Indiana foe has shot at Conseco Fieldhouse. The New York Liberty shot an opponent record 61.5 percent FG at Madison Square Garden, 6/5.
2007 Game Report Archive