|STAR OF THE GAME
Hoffman was 9-for-12 from the field to score a career-high 23 points. She also matched career highs with 13 rebounds and four steals.
Douglas persevered through 0-for-6 field goal shooting in the first half to score 20 points and add four rebounds and two assists.
“We got a couple of buckets early, then we missed three bunnies and Sacramento crammed it down our throats. They hit six threes in the first half and only one in the second half. It took great defensive effort to overcome the deficit. This is the best Fever defense I’ve seen this season. This one was a real team effort.”
On The Team:
“This team is starting to come together. However this is just one win of many we need. In the first half, we did not have good transition defense. But in the second half, we were able to exploit their defense. This win was not about one or two players, but the whole team coming together.”
Points in the paint:
Fever 22, Monarchs 26
Fever 15, Monarchs 9
Fever 11, Monarchs 11
Points off turnovers:
Fever 15, Monarchs 13
Fever 68, Monarchs 48
Fever 10, Monarchs 25
INDIANAPOLIS, June 24 (AP) -- Ebony Hoffman had career highs with 23 points and 13 rebounds, and the Indiana Fever rallied from an 18-point deficit to beat the Sacramento Monarchs 78-73 on Tuesday night.
Katie Douglas finished with 20 points after starting 0-of-6 from the field and Tully Bevilaqua scored 11 for the Fever (7-6), who tied a franchise record for the second largest regular-season comeback. Indiana overcame a 19-point deficit to beat Phoenix on July 1, 2001.
Ticha Penicheiro had 15 points and Kara Lawson chipped in 12 for Sacramento (6-7), which lost its sixth consecutive game at Conseco Fieldhouse and dropped to 1-6 all-time in Indianapolis.
Sacramento shot 61 percent in the first quarter and jumped out to a quick double-digit lead. Scholanda Robinson's 3-pointer gave the Monarchs a 31-16 advantage to end the period.
The Fever, who trailed by 18 early in the second quarter, got within 39-32 on Sherill Baker's free throw with 2 minutes left. Sacramento pushed the lead back to 15 points before settling for a 47-36 halftime advantage.
The Fever used a 7-0 run midway through the third quarter to cut the deficit to 50-48, and they closed to 58-57 on Tamika Catchings' two free throws. Sacramento shot 1-of-12 from the field in the period.
Indiana tied the score at 60 on Hoffman's jumper early in the fourth quarter, and Allison Feaster's 3-pointer gave the Fever their first advantage since leading 8-6. Indiana opened a 72-64 edge on Catchings' jumper with 2 minutes left.
The Fever's comeback from an 18-point deficit ties its second largest ever in the regular season. Indiana overcame a 19-point margin vs. Phoenix in July, 2001, and from 18 points behind vs. N.Y., in July, 2003.
With tonight's win, the Fever has broken its two-game losing streak. The win is Indiana's second straight win vs. the Monarchs and is the team's sixth straight home victory vs. Sacramento. Tonight's game marks the first time the Fever has won two straight vs. the Monarchs since winning the only matchup between the teams in 2003 and the first of two games with Sacramento in 2004.
With the win tonight, the Fever's all-time series with the Monarchs is tied at 7-7. Each team has won six times at home and once on the road.
Ebony Hoffman posted her third double-double of the season with a career-high 22 points and a career-best tying 13 rebounds. Hoffman also tied for the Fever team lead in tonight's game with a career-high tying four steals.
As a team, the Fever registered 10 steals, its fifth double thefts game in the last six outings, and its eighth in 13 games overall.
Tonight's win is the Fever's third of the season (3-5) in a game in which it allowed the opposition to score 70+ points.
Though she started the game 0-6 from the floor, Katie Douglas finished with 20 points on 7-21 FG, 3-8 3-pt FG and 3-6 FT. That is Douglas' sixth 20-point game of the season, but her first in the last seven outings.
Due to a coaching decision, Tan White did not play tonight. That is the first game she has ever missed in the regular season, and it ended a run of 114 straight appearances--the second longest streak of games played in Fever history.
Including the 3-pt FG that gave Indiana its first lead of the second half (63-60), Alison Feaster led the bench with five points, two rebounds and three assists. Her three assists tonight doubled her total for the season and that is the first time she has had multiple assists in a game this season.
Tammy Sutton-Brown tied her season-best with three blocked shots tonight and she has had three blocks four times in 12 appearances.
The Monarchs' 31 points in the first quarter are the most by any Fever opponent in any period this season. Their 47 points in the first half are also an opponent season-high.
Chelsea Newton's 10 points off the bench are her most this season. Newton's previous high this season was six on two occasions. Newton also had a season-high five rebounds.