Fever Holds Off Shock for Third Straight Win
July 17, 2005 at the Palace (Auburn Hills, Mich.)
``She did many things,'' Fever coach Brian Winters said. ``She led us in scoring, but she also made a lot good plays and only had two turnovers.''
Kelly Miller added 10 points for the Fever, who beat the Shock 62-57 at home Friday night. Indiana raised its record to 8-1 against Eastern Conference opponents, best in the WNBA.
``We made a few mistakes down the stretch, but the biggest thing was just trying to keep our composure,'' Catchings said. ``If we make a mistake, we are trying to figure out a way to get the ball back and do whatever we need to do to stay ahead.''
Cheryl Ford had 18 points for Detroit, but the other four starters, including All-Stars Deanna Nolan, Swin Cash and Ruth Riley, combined for just 20.
Indiana broke open a tie game with an 11-2 run to take a 37-28 lead four minutes into the second half. The Fever stretched the lead to 47-37 on Deanna Jackson's free throws with 10:15 remaining, before Detroit started chipping away.
Detroit pulled within 51-49 with 3:50 left, but five missed free throws slowed their rally.
Tully Bevilaqua hit a desperate 3-pointer as the shot clock expired to push the Fever's lead to 56-51 lead with 2:44 left.
The Shock had a chance to pull within one with 1 minute left, but Deanna Nolan missed a fastbreak layup and Ford fouled Catchings on the rebound.
Catchings made one free throw, putting the Fever up 59-55, and Kara Braxton made one at the other end to cut Detroit's deficit to three with 46 seconds left.
Bevilaqua missed a 3-pointer and Ford hit a layup to make it a one-point game with 5 seconds left.
Detroit then fouled Tan White, who missed both free throws, but grabbed her own rebound after Catchings tipped it, and dribbled out the clock to secure the Fever's win.
``Hopefully, we can use this to get some momentum,'' Catchings said. ``We want to keep going.''
Indiana led 26-23 at the break after a sloppy first half in which the teams combined for 24 turnovers. Detroit committed 24 turnovers overall, matching the season-high it set on Friday against the Fever. Indiana also forced Eastern Conference-leading Connecticut into its season-high of 24 turnovers to begin the three-game streak. In all three wins, the Fever has held its opponent under 60 points.