Indiana Takes 69-64 Decision Over Chicago

Catchings led Indiana offensively with 20 points on 7-of-13 shooting. She also had a game-high nine rebounds and four steals as the Fever won its seventh road game this season.
DeForge finished with 14 points, including three 3’s on four attempts. Her 3-pointer late pushed Indiana’s lead back to double figures.
In general:
“We’ve got to become more consistent with our play. We came out ready to play tonight, but when we started turning the ball over we let them back in it again. I thought we shot the ball better, hopefully this will help us turn the corner a little bit and get out of the slump that we’ve been in.”

In general:
“We turned the ball over way too much, but when we stepped up our defense we were able to keep up the lead.”

Points in the paint:
Fever 34, Sky 34
Second-chance points:
Fever 8, Sky 14
Fast-break points:
Fever 9, Sky 4
Points off turnovers:
Fever 17, Sky 19
Starters scoring:
Fever 58, Sky 56
Bench scoring:
Fever 11, Sky 8
Fever 69, Sky 64
July 30, 2006 at the UIC Pavilion (Chicago, IL)
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Team Record 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Indiana 17-10 25 13 14 17 69
at Chicago 4-23 15 20 8 21 64

CHICAGO – The Fever held the Chicago Sky scoreless for 9:51 in the second half before capturing a 69-64 victory Sunday night in the UIC Pavilion. The win was Indiana’s seventh on the road this season, tying a franchise record.

Trailing by 14 midway through the fourth quarter, Chicago went on a 13-4 run to pull within 61-56 of Indiana with 3:27 left in regulation. Tamika Whitmore’s put-back lay-up followed by Anna DeForge’s 3-pointer would put the Fever back in front by double digits, 66-56.

Tamika Catchings led Indiana with 20 points on 7-of-13 shooting, to go along with nine rebounds, four steals and three assists. Anna DeForge was the only other Fever player to reach double figures, finishing with 14 points, including 3-of-4 from 3-point range. Tully Bevilaqua added seven points and a season-high seven assists in the game.

Candice Dupree had a career-high 25 points while shooting 10-of-16 from the floor. Amanda Lassiter followed Dupree with 18 points, six assists and five steals.

Indiana led big early after hitting its first eight shots of the game, including 4-of-4 from behind the arc. A Catchings lay-up put the Fever in front 22-9 late in the first quarter. The Fever shot 9-of-12 from the field in the quarter before leading 25-15 after one.

Dupree’s jumper cut Indiana’s lead down to seven at 25-18 in the opening minutes of the second. Indiana would respond with an 11-2 run to take its largest lead of the half, 36-20, midway through the second quarter.

The Fever saw its 16-point lead evaporate after going cold late in the second quarter. Chicago went on a 15-2 run, including 13 unanswered, to close out the half. Indiana failed to score in the final 5:17 of the second and led by just three, 38-35, at halftime.

Chicago cut Indiana’s lead down to one on three occasions in the third quarter, but was unable to take the lead after a number of empty possessions. The Fever then outscored the Sky 8-0 to close the third to extend its lead to a more comfortable nine points, 52-43.

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