Fever Comes Up Short In Triple OT

Ebony Hoffman
Hoffman set a career-high in scoring for the second straight game as she finished with 26 points, inlcuding a career-best three three-pointers, and eight rebounds before fouling out.
Tammy Sutton-Brown
Sutton-Brown played 50 minutes and made the most of it setting career-highs in points (23) and rebounds (15).
Lin Dunn
On Hoffman:
“Ebony has done a great job, she has taken advantage of being in the starting lineup. She has asserted herself and been really aggressive. Losing her when she fouled out was really a big blow. I thought two really big factors were losing Ebony and the fact that they shot 30 free throws to our 17. We couldn’t overcome that difference.”

Points in the paint:
Fever 34, Liberty 36
Fast-break points:
Fever 4, Liberty 2
Points off turnovers:
Fever 19, Liberty 19
Starters scoring:
Fever 86, Liberty 95
Bench scoring:
Fever 10, Liberty 7
Liberty 102, Fever 96
June 26, 2008 at Madison Square Garden(New York, NY)
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Team Record 1st 2nd 3rd 4th OT 2OT 3OT Final
Indiana 7-7 16 21 18 17 16 4 4 96
at New York 7-6 16 14 24 18 16 4 10 102

NEW YORK(AP) -- Janel McCarville scored a career-high 31 points and Shameka Christon had six of her 23 in the third overtime, lifting the New York Liberty to a 102-96 victory over the Indiana Fever on Thursday night.

Essence Carson had 18 points, Loree More added 12 and Cathrine Kraayeveld 11 to lead New York (7-6) in a game that tied for the second-longest for overtime periods in the regular season in league history.

Ebony Hoffman scored a career-high 26 points and Tammy Sutton-Brown had career highs with 23 points and 15 rebounds for Indiana (7-7). Katie Douglas added 18 points and Tamika Catchings had 15.

Hoffman was 11-for-19 from the field, including a career-best three 3-pointers, before fouling out with about two minutes to go in the second overtime.

After Sutton-Brown had consecutive baskets in a 33-second span to give the Fever a 96-94 lead with 2:12 left, Christon 's 3-pointer nearly a minute later started the Liberty's game-ending 8-0 run.

Kraayeveld's jumper gave New York a 92-90 lead with 1:07 left in the second overtime, but Sutton-Brown's putback with 10 seconds left tied it.

Catchings hit a 3-pointer with 4.4 seconds left in the first extra period to give the Fever an 88-87 lead. However, she was then whistled for a foul on McCarville, who missed the first free throw before hitting the second with 1 second left to send the game to a second overtime.

Hoffman and Douglas hit consecutive 3-pointers 32 seconds apart to give the Fever a 70-65 lead with 1:08 left in regulation.

McCarville hit a jumper for New York 10 seconds later, and Hoffman missed a jumper with the shot clock running down on the ensuing possession.

Carson then made a short jumper with 20.6 seconds left, but missed a potential tying free throw.

After Douglas hit two free throws 8 seconds later to push Indiana's lead to 72-69, Kraayeveld made a tying 3 from the left corner with 6.3 seconds left.

The Liberty, who rallied from a 13-point deficit in the second quarter, were 26-for-30 from the free throw line and outrebounded the Fever 46-42.

  • For the second straight game, Ebony Hoffman set a new career-high in scoring. She scored 23 against Sacramento on Tuesday and scored 26 tonight.
  • Tammy Sutton-Brown set career-highs with 23 points and 15 rebounds.
  • This was the first triple-overtime regular season game in franchise history for the Fever. Indiana lost a triple-overtime game to the Connecticut Sun in last year's playoffs.