|CO-STAR OF THE GAME
Douglas tied a Fever franchise record with her fourth consecutive 20-point game. She had 25 points, four rebounds, two steals and two blocked shots.
|CO-STAR OF THE GAME
Tan White's season-high 20 points tonight featured 11 in the second overtime. White added a career-high 10 rebounds for the first double-double of her WNBA career, along with five assists, one steal and one blocked shot.
Ngoyisa was seven for eight from the field to contribute 14 points, nine rebounds, two steals and two blocked shots for the Fever.
“This was a great team effort. We had a great first half, but came out flat in the second. They jumped all over us then. From then on it was a battle of wills until the end of the game. We start the season with five tough games and this has helped us get better. The fans were a great sixth man tonight.”
On The Game Having A Playoff Atmosphere:
“We gave up a significant first half lead, which isn’t unexpected against that type of a team and the quality of players they have. We never hung our heads and kept fighting back, which shows the character of our team. We had players step up, and it was a huge team effort.”
Points in the paint:
Fever 36, Sparks 48
Fever 13, Sparks 9
Fever 9, Sparks 6
Points off turnovers:
Fever 27, Sparks 23
Fever 68, Sparks 59
Fever 14, Sparks 19
INDIANAPOLIS(AP) -- Tan White scored 11 of her 20 points in the second overtime, and the Indiana Fever held off the Los Angeles Sparks 82-78 on Thursday night to give Candace Parker her first professional loss.
Parker had 16 points, 16 rebounds, six blocks, five assists and five steals. The rookie from Tennessee scored six points in the final minute of the second overtime to keep the Sparks in the game.
It was a wild game that featured failed dunk attempts by both Parker and Lisa Leslie. Leslie, the only WNBA player to dunk in a regular-season game, finished with 19 points and nine rebounds.
The teams also combined for a league-record 27 blocked shots.
Katie Douglas led the Fever with 25 points and tied a team record with her fourth-straight 20-point game. Ebony Hoffman had 10 points and 11 rebounds and Bernadette Ngoyisa added 14 points and nine rebounds for Indiana (3-1).
The second overtime belonged to White. She scored the Fever's first basket of the period, then scored again on a baseline leaner that gave Indiana a 74-69 lead with 2:13 to play.
A midrange jumper by White made it 78-74 with 39 seconds left, but Parker scored 7 seconds later to make it 78-76.
White scored on driving layup over Leslie with 10 seconds left to make it 80-76, Indiana. Parker scored again with 6 seconds left, but White made two free throws to finish the game. White also had 10 rebounds and five assists.
In the first overtime, Shannon Bobbitt's mid-range jumper put the Sparks (2-1) up 69-67 with 16 seconds left, but Hoffman's putback on the other end forced a second overtime.
The Fever led 37-22 at halftime, but the Sparks cut their deficit to 48-44 late in the quarter. The Fever rallied to lead 53-46 at the end of the period.
A baseline jumper by Parker with 3:08 to play gave the Sparks a 61-59 lead, their first advantage since the game's opening minutes. The teams were tied at 65 in the final minute when Leslie missed and Douglas rebounded with 27 seconds to play. Douglas missed a circus shot that could have tied the game with 5 seconds left, and the game went into overtime.
The Fever led throughout the first quarter, but Parker provided the most spectacular moment. She blocked a shot, leading to a fast break. She got into the open court and appeared to be going up for a dunk when she lost control of the ball and the crowd moaned a collective "ohhhh.''
The Fever led 25-13 at the end of the first quarter, and Parker went scoreless with three turnovers.
Parker continued to struggle in the second quarter, and the Fever led 37-22 at halftime. Parker went scoreless on 0-for-6 shooting, while Douglas had 14 points at the break.
Leslie missed a dunk attempt with 8:43 left in the third quarter, then Parker finally scored with 8:18 left in the third quarter.
Tonight's win is the Fever's third in a row against the Sparks. Prior to the 2007 season, Indiana had won just one of its first 11 games against L.A.
The Fever's three wins this season have all been the opposing team's first loss of 2008.
With her 25 points tonight, Katie Douglas has scored 20+ points in the first four games and she is the first player to ever do so in her first four games in a Fever uniform. She and Tamika Catchings (three times) are the only players in team history to score 20 or more points in four straight games, at any point of a season.
The Fever had five players with multiple blocked shots tonight, including a career-high three by Tully Bevilaqua and three each from Ebony Hoffman (tying her career-best) and Tammy Sutton-Brown. The Fever's total of 15 blocked shots is a franchise record.
Bevilaqua's three blocked shots tonight matched her total for the previous three seasons, combined.
The 27 blocked shots by both teams is an WNBA record for rejections by both teams in a single game.]
Candace Parker's six blocked shots tonight tied the most ever by an opponent against the Fever. She shares the record with teammate Lisa Leslie, current Fever center Tammy Sutton-Brown (while with Charlotte) and the Connecticut Sun's Margo Dydek.
L.A.'s 12 blocked shots are also the most ever by a Fever opponent.
Tan White's season-high 20 points tonight featured 11 in the second overtime. That is one point off the WNBA record for points by one player in an overtime session and is tied for the fourth most ever in an overtime in WNBA history.
White added a career-high 10 rebounds for the first double-double of her WNBA career.
With 10 points and a team-high 11 rebounds, Ebony Hoffman also registered her first career double-double.
Playing just her second game in a Fever uniform, Bernadette Ngoyisa had 14 points on 7-8 FG and nine rebounds. She was the only Fever reserve to score in tonight's game.
The Fever's 48 rebounds tonight are a franchise record and the team's 33 defensive rebounds are one short of the most by any team in the WNBA this season.