Fever Falls In Catchings’ Return

Ebony Hoffman
Hoffman secured her second double-double of the season with 10 points and 10 rebounds in addition to dishing out four assists.
Katie Douglas
Douglas scored 11 of her team-high 17 points in the third quarter and also grabbed four rebounds.
Lin Dunn
ďIt was a very even game overall. It seemed like they shot a little bit better than we did and thatís where our offensive rebounds and second chance points came into play. We knew with Sutton-Brown (Tammy) and Tamika (Catchings) out that we could be a lot more aggressive on the boards. Over all both teams made it tough for each other to score but I think it was the offensive rebounds that really made the separation in the game.Ē

Tamika Catchings
ďIt was exciting to come back tonight. My teammates have been very supportive. I had a good feeling. I would have wanted to come back with a W(win). I was very nervous before the game. All my family is here. I canít believe Iím 28 and itís the first time my grandmother has seen me play. As a team we struggled with rebounding. One through twelve we have to have the heart to play this game and need to come in one through twelve ready to get a rebound, myself included. Erin Buescher got a rebound over me at the end of the game. We are not rebounding like we should. As a team we need to do little things better.Ē

Points in the paint:
Fever 24, Silver Stars 22
Second-chance points:
Fever 5, Silver Stars 13
Fast-break points:
Fever 10, Silver Stars 6
Points off turnovers:
Fever 20, Silver Stars 16
Starters scoring:
Fever 40, Silver Stars 60
Bench scoring:
Fever 20, Silver Stars 10
Silver Stars 70 , Fever 60
June 15, 2008 at Conseco Fieldhouse (Indianapolis, Ind.)
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Team Record 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
San Antonio 6-4 16 11 22 21 70
at Indiana 5-4 15 12 21 12 60

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Ann Wauters had 19 points and 10 rebounds, and the San Antonio Silver Stars beat the Indiana Fever 70-60 to spoil Tamika Catchings' season debut Sunday night.

Sophia Young scored 18 points and Vickie Johnson added nine points and 10 rebounds for the Silver Stars (6-4), who won their third straight and defeated Indiana for the second time in five days.

Katie Douglas scored 17 and Ebony Hoffman added 10 points and 10 rebounds for Indiana (5-4).

Catchings, who tore her right Achilles' tendon in last year's Eastern Conference finals and underwent surgery in September, made her season debut for the Fever. She played 12 minutes in a reserve role and finished with two points and one rebound.

Catchings, a five-time WNBA All-Star and two-time league defensive player of the year, began practicing at near full-strength about two weeks ago but had not been activated to the roster until Sunday.

San Antonio, which saw its lead cut to 49-48 on Catchings' layup to end the third quarter, took its biggest advantage of the game, 61-51, following Wauters' 3-pointer and Ruth Riley's jumper with 5 minutes left.

The Fever got within 64-60 on Douglas' two free throws with 46 seconds left, but Young's jumper and Wauters' two free throws sealed the victory.

The Silver Stars and Fever were tied 27-27 at halftime after eight ties and seven lead changes. San Antonio's biggest advantage was four points, and Indiana's was two.

Fever center Tammy Sutton-Brown missed the game with right Achilles' tendinitis.

  • After starting the season 0-5 tonight is the Silver Stars' first road win of the 2008 season and it is there second win in less than a week vs. the Fever. Prior to this season, San Antonio had not won two in a row vs. Indiana since they moved from Utah in before the 2003 campaign
  • In her first appearance since Game 3 of the 2007 Eastern Conference Finals vs. Detroit, 9/3, Tamika Catchings registered two points, on rebound and one steal in 12 minutes.
  • In a career-high 27 minutes, Alison Bales tied her career-best with nine points. Prior to this evening, Bales had never played more than 15 minutes in a regular season contest.
  • Bales also led the Fever with a career-high three steals. That is her first game ever with more than one steal and she had recorded just one steal in the previous eight games this season.
  • The Fever had seven players with at least one steal tonight and had a total of 10 thefts, its fifth game with double-digit steals this season.
  • To accompany her second career double-double, and her fifth game of 10+ rebounds this season, Ebony Hoffman also led the Fever with four assists. She has led the team in assists (including ties) three times this season--twice in the last four outings.
  • Ann Wauters' game-high 19 points featured two 3-pt FG and that is the first time in her WNBA career that she has made more than one 3-pt FG in a single game.
  • Making her first start as a member of the Fever, Bernadette Ngoyisa scored two points with a rebound and an assist in 11 minutes tonight.
  • Tan White shot 3-10 FG and 1-3 from 3-pt range, giving her a total of seven points. That ends a team-best seven-game streak of scoring in double-figures.
  • After hitting just 23-34 FT (.676) in the previous six games, Katie Douglas was 5-5 from the foul line tonight.
  • Vickie Johnson led the Silver Stars in assists with eight and tied for the team lead with 10 rebounds, both of which are season-highs. Johnson fell one point short of her first double-double of 2008. Eight assists tied for the most by any opposing player against the Fever this season.