|STAR OF THE GAME
Anna DeForge led the Fever with 15 points, four rebounds and two steals in the overtime loss to San Antonio.
Bevilaqua hit key shots down the stretch for Indiana with seven points, three steals and one assist.
“We tried to run but didn’t have many opportunities, so it turned into a half court game. We can not get out rebounded. Our defense was good but it doesn’t end until you secure the rebound. We got good shots, had our chances, but just didn’t take advantage of them. We need to pick up our heads and go out West and win.”
“The stat of the game is rebounding. We can’t get out rebounded at home and expect to win. We knew they were a good shooting three-point team and we defended that well. The second chance points they had tonight were due to us not finishing our defense with a rebound. Without Catch, everyone has to be accountable. We all have to step up our game. We know she isn’t coming back for a while and we have to find a way to win without her.”
Points in the paint:
Fever 34, Silver Stars 32
Fever 4, Silver Stars 18
Fever 7, Silver Stars 4
Points off turnovers:
Fever 12, Silver Stars 20
Fever 35, Silver Stars 59
Fever 18, Silver Stars 12
INDIANAPOLIS(AP) Sophia Young scored 24 points, including four in overtime, to lead the San Antonio Silver Stars to a 71-63 win over the short-handed Indiana Fever on Tuesday night.
Becky Hammon added 17 points and Vickie Johnson scored 12 for the Silver Stars (15-7), who snapped a four-game losing streak against Indiana.
Anna DeForge had 15 points and Tammy Sutton-Brown added 12 for the Fever (16-7), who lost a season-high third straight game.
Indiana was playing its second game without All-Star Tamika Catchings, who injured her left foot July 20 against Detroit. She could miss the rest of the regular season.
San Antonio began overtime with baskets by Young and Ruth Riley to open a 65-61 advantage. Following Tully Bevilaqua's jumper for Indiana, Young shot two free throws and Riley made a jumper to extend the lead to 69-63.
The Silver Stars took their biggest lead of the fourth quarter at 55-49 on Hammon's jumper with 4:35 remaining, but the Fever regained a 61-59 advantage following Bevilaqua's 3-pointer with 22 seconds left in regulation.
Hammon tied it at 61 with a pair of free throws with 16 seconds left, and Indiana's Tamika Whitmore missed a jumper at the buzzer to force overtime.
The Silver Stars started the third quarter with three straight baskets by Johnson to cut the Fever's 29-22 halftime lead to one point. Minutes later, San Antonio took a 34-33 edge following Camille Little's jumper.
With three players registering multiple blocked shots, the Fever tied a franchise record with a total of 10 rejections tonight. Ebony Hoffman had a career-high three blocks, while Tan White tied her career-high with blocked shots.
The Silver Stars were 0-7 from behind the 3-pt arc tonight and that is the second most attempts without a made 3-pt FG by an opponent in Fever history. That is the most misses without a made 3-pt FG by an opponent since the Cleveland Rockers were 0-9 from 3-pt range at the Fieldhouse, 8/23/03.
Tonight's win is the Silver Stars' second win against the Fever since the franchise relocated to Texas in 2003. Both of San Antonio's wins vs. Indiana in the last five season have come on the Fever's home floor. While still playing as the Utah Starzz, the Silver Stars' franchise won each of its first five games vs. the Fever.
The Fever's loss extends its losing streak to three in a row, its longest losing streak since losing the last four in a row of the 2004 campaign. Indiana's 89 games without losing three in a row had been the WNBA's longest active streak.
With 15 points, Anna DeForge led the Fever in scoring for the first time since scoring 20 points in Indiana's 87-68 win at Connecticut, 8/11/06.
With a team-high tying six rebounds and a season-high six assists, Sheri Sam becomes just the third Fever player (along with Catchings and Bevilaqua) to lead Indiana in rebounds and assists in the same game.
San Antonio's 41 rebounds are the most by any Fever opponent this season and are just one short of the Conseco Fieldhouse record for an Indiana foe.
Behind an advantage of 15-7 on the offensive boards, the Silver Stars outscored the Fever, 18-4, in second chance points.
The Fever have now played two consecutive games without All-Star forward Tamika Catchings for the first time since she began her WNBA career in 2002. Prior to this season, Catchings had missed a total of two games, both in 2006.
Ruth Riley and Camille Little tied for the Silver Stars' team lead in rebounds with nine apiece and that was both players' most rebounds this season.
Including 4-4 from the foul line, Ebony Hoffman led the Indiana bench with eight points and that tied her most since scoring nine points vs. Washington, 6/3.
In the last eight games, Hoffman has shot 13-19 from the floor (.684), including 2-4 FG tonight.
Tonight's loss is the Fever' second this season (10-2) when having fewer turnovers than the opposition. Indiana had 16 miscues to San Antonio's 17. But, the Silver Stars scored 20 points off Indiana's turnovers while scoring just 12 points off San Antonio's errors. The Fever scored half its points off turnovers in the first half as San Antonio had eight miscues in the first period alone.
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