Comeback Bid Falls Short In Charlotte, 75-65
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CHARLOTTE, NC – The Charlotte Sting outscored the Fever 24-9 in the second quarter to break open what had been a close game en route to a 75-65 victory over Indiana Saturday night at Charlotte Bobcats Arena.
The win was the second for the Sting (4-16) in three meetings with the Fever this year, as Charlotte took the season series over Indiana 2-1. With the loss, Indiana (13-8) failed to capitalize on the East-leading Connecticut Sun's loss earlier in the day. A win over Charlotte would have gained Indiana a full game in the East standings.
Tamika Catchings and Tamika Whitmore each had 17 points for the Fever. Catchings added seven rebounds, three assists and three blocked shots despite nursing a foot injury that kept her out of Wednesday’s All-Star game. Reserve guard Tan White contributed 13 points, including three 3’s, off the bench for Indiana.
Tangela Smith led all Sting scorers with 17 points on 6-of-14 shooting. Tammy Sutton-Brown followed with 13 points, while Kelly Mazzante added 10, including a pair of 3’s, off the bench for Charlotte.
Trailing 21-19 early in the second quarter, Smith hit the first of her three 3’s in the game to give Charlotte a one-point advantage. The Sting used a 10-1 run to extend its lead to 29-22 with just over five minutes left in the first half.
The Sting would continue its second quarter surge, outscoring the Fever 10-2 to close out the half before taking a fifteen-point lead, 39-24, into intermission. White had 14 points in the first half for Charlotte on 5-of-9 shooting as the Sting enjoyed its largest lead in any game this season.
Indiana was outscored 24-9 in the second quarter and shot just 27.3 percent from the field (9-33) in the first half.
Charlotte outscored Indiana 8-2 to open the third quarter as the Sting's lead swelled to over 20 points. Helen Darling’s jumper gave the Sting its largest lead of the game at 47-26. Indiana, though, fought back sparked by a pair of 3’s from White to trim Charlotte’s lead to fourteen heading into the fourth quarter.
Indiana outscored Charlotte 13-3 to open the fourth quarter in slicing what had been a 21-point second half deficit down to just a four. Anna DeForge converted a 3-point play before rookie La’Tangela Atkinson and DeForge netted back-to-back 3’s. Following a pair of free throws from Whitmore, White’s break-away lay-up then made the score 58-54, Charlotte, with seven minutes left in regulation.
The Sting responded with a 5-0 run on a jumper from Sheri Sam and 3-point play by Smith. Sutton-Brown’s free throws moments later extended Charlotte’s lead back to double-digits at 68-58.
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