Fever Captures First Season Win Over Connecticut

Anna DeForge
DeForge came up big for the Fever once again leading Indiana with 26 points, seven rebounds, three steals and one assist.
Tamika Catchings
Catchings led the Fever with her second double-double in a row scoring 15 points, 13 rebounds, two steals and two assists in the win over the Sun.
Brian Winters
In General:
“Obviously, I liked our performance today. It started on the defensive end with our rebounding. We got lots of effort from many players. We played a very good ball game. We had a great defensive effort.”

Anna DeForge
In the “zone” shooting:
“Key word is my rhythm. My shot feels good, I am confident. My teammates have been good at getting me set up for good shot.”

Points in the paint:
Fever 34, Sun 22
Second-chance points:
Fever 15, Sun 14
Fast-break points:
Fever 19, Sun 4
Points off turnovers:
Fever 21, Sun 10
Starters scoring:
Fever 58, Sun 34
Bench scoring:
Fever 20, Sun 25
Fever 78, Sun 59
August 25, 2007 - Conseco Fieldhouse (Indianapolis, Ind.)
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Team Record 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Connecticut 1-1 13 8 17 21 59
at Indiana 1-1 23 17 21 17 78

INDIANAPOLIS, August 25, 2007 (AP) -- Anna DeForge scored 26 points to help the Indiana Fever defeat the Connecticut Sun 78-59 Saturday and tie their first-round playoff series at one game apiece.

It was Indiana's first win against the Sun in six tries this season. The Fever will host the decisive Game 3 on Monday night.

Tamika Catchings added 15 points and 13 rebounds for the Fever in her second game back from a left foot injury that sidelined her for 13 games. Her double-double followed a 14-point, 20-rebound effort in Thursday's 93-88 triple-overtime loss.

Tamika Whitmore added 12 points for the Fever.

Katie Douglas, Connecticut's leading scorer during the regular season, led the Sun with 11 points. She is shooting 9-for-33 from the field in the series. Nykesha Sales was held to five points after scoring 25 on Thursday.

Indiana held Connecticut to 37 percent shooting. The Fever shot 46 percent and scored 21 points off turnovers.

Indiana's starters outscored Connecticut's 58-34. It was just the fourth playoff win in Fever history, and it ended a five-game postseason losing streak.

DeForge has been at her best against the Sun. She scored a career-high 31 points in Thursday's loss. She scored 29 points in a regular-season loss to the Sun on Aug. 15.

Indiana fell behind 11-9 early, but went on a 14-2 run to take a 23-13 lead at the end of the first quarter. The Fever never led by fewer than eight points the rest of the way.

Indiana led 40-21 at halftime. The Fever held the Sun to 31 percent shooting and forced 14 turnovers before the break.

DeForge scored 11 points in the third quarter to help the Fever take a 61-38 lead into the fourth quarter.

  • Tonight's win is the Fever's first playoff win since sweeping its 2005 first-round series with the New York Liberty. Prior to today's game, the Fever had lost five straight postseason games and two in a row on its home floor.
  • Overall (reg. season and playoffs combined), this is the Fever's first win vs. Connecticut since it defeated the Sun at Mohegan Sun Arena, 8/11/06, and it’s Indiana's first home win vs. Connecticut since 7/13/05. The Fever had lost its previous six home games to Connecticut.
  • With its win, the Fever has forced a deciding Game 3 in the three-game series. Monday's game will mark the first time Indiana has played a Game 3 in a series since its debut vs. New York in the 2002 WNBA postseason.
  • Monday's Game Three at Conseco Fieldhouse will tip-off at 7:00 p.m. (EDT) and will be televised on NBATV.
  • In her last three games vs. Connecticut, Anna DeForge has averaged 28.7 ppg and has shot 31-52 from the floor. DeForge was 8-8 from the foul line against the Sun tonight and has hit 11-11 FT in this series. In those three games, she has also shot 11-23 from 3-pt range.
  • DeForge also led the Fever with three steals, her most ever in the postseason and one more than she had totaled in her first three career playoff outings.
  • Indiana's 13 attempts from the foul line today are the team's fewest ever in a playoff game.
  • In the first two games of this series, Tamika Catchings has registered double-doubles in consecutive postseason games for the second time in her career and the first time since the first two games of the 2002 playoffs--her first two career playoff appearances.
  • The Sun's Le'Coe Willingham and Megan Mahoney each registered their playoff career-highs with nine and seven points, respectively. For Mahoney those were her first career postseason points.
  • With its 18 assists tonight, the Fever has tied its most ever in a playoff game. Indiana also had 18 in Game 1 against the Sun on Thursday.
  • The Fever's 10 steals tonight represent just the second time it has had double-digit thefts in a playoff game. Indiana had 11 steals in an overtime loss at Connecticut, 9/10/05.
  • The Fever's Tan White and Tamika Whitmore tied for the team lead in assists with four apiece. That was both players' postseason career-high. In her first seven playoff appearances, White had totaled five assists, including her two in Game 1, 8/23.
  • The Fever outscored the Sun, 19-4, in fast-break points. That is the third highest total for the Fever in all of 2007 and the Sun's four fast-break points are the fewest by a Fever opponent since Detroit scored just two at Conseco Fieldhouse, 7/20.

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