Lynx Outlast Fever In OT

Tamika Catchings
Catchings contributed a solid 17 points, six rebounds, nine assists and two steals during the loss.
Ebony Hoffman
Hoffman grabbed seven rebounds and drained 3-of-5 three-pointers on her way to 17 points, two assists and two steals.
Lin Dunn
In General:
"We need to do a better job defensively without fouling. They got key rebounds late in the game. We had key turnovers at crunch time. For us tonight, free-throws were like gold. Seimone took over the game late. At crunch time we just didn't have the killer instinct."

Ebony Hoffman
In General:
"Basically, it came down to turnovers at crucial times and stupid fouls. Thirty-one free-throws are hard to overcome. Our remaining games before the Olympics are must-win games. Sacramento and Phoenix are both good teams at home. We had a great record at home, but teams are finding a way to win here."

Points in the paint:
Fever 34, Lynx 36
Second-chance points:
Fever 9, Lynx 17
Fast-break points:
Fever 8, Lynx 4
Points off turnovers:
Fever 21, Lynx 14
Starters scoring:
Fever 72, Lynx 58
Bench scoring:
Fever 8, Lynx 26
Lynx 84, Fever 80
July 24, 2008 at Conseco Fieldhouse (Indianapolis, Ind.)
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Team Record 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 1OT Final
Minnesota 12-12 13 20 20 22 9 84
at Indiana 11-13 15 20 20 20 5 80

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Seimone Augustus scored 25 points to lead the Minnesota Lynx to an 84-80 overtime victory over the Indiana Fever on Thursday night.

Lindsey Harding scored 12 points and Nicky Anosike added 11 points and 10 rebounds for the Lynx (12-12), who snapped a three-game losing streak against the Fever and improved to 2-6 all-time in Indianapolis.

Tamika Catchings had 17 points, nine assists and six rebounds, and Ebony Hoffman had 17 points and seven rebounds for Indiana (11-13), which lost for the fourth time in five games.

Minnesota rookie Candice Wiggins, the third overall selection in April's WNBA draft, left the game with 3:19 to go in the first quarter with a lower back injury and did not return. The extent of her injury was not immediately known.

Wiggins, who was averaging 17.1 points entering Thursday, hit the floor hard after being called for an offensive foul. She remained on the court for several minutes before being taken to the locker room in a wheelchair.

Minnesota forward Charde Houston injured her left knee with 51 seconds left in overtime and did not return. She also was taken off the court in a wheelchair.

The Lynx, who trailed 55-53 entering the fourth quarter, took a 59-58 lead on Vanessa Hayden-Johnson's two free throws with 7:47 left. The Fever responded with an 8-0 run, which included two 3-pointers from Catchings, to regain the momentum.

After Minnesota tied the score at 73 with 1 minute remaining, Tan White's layup gave Indiana a two-point lead. Augustus' free throws made it 75-all with 38 seconds left, and White missed a runner with time winding down to send the game to overtime.

In the overtime, the Lynx took an 81-80 lead on Augustus' jumper with 37 seconds left, and she extended the advantage to three with two free throws. Hoffman's game-tying 3-point attempt with 10 seconds remaining came up short.

  • The Fever has now lost three straight games at Conseco Fieldhouse, its longest home losing streak since losing four in a row in late July and early August, 2003. That losing streak was started by the Lynx last win at Conseco Fieldhouse.
  • Tonight's win ends the Lynx three-game losing streak to the Fever and it is Minnesota's first win in its last five trips to Conseco Fieldhouse. The Lynx' last win here had been 7/26/03.
  • With 17 points and a season-high nine assists, Tamika Catchings fell just one assist short of the third points-assists double-double of her career. Catchings' nine assists are the most by any Fever player this season.
  • Catchings was one of three Indiana players to have at least four assists tonight and the team's total of 24 is its most in 2008.
  • The Lynx 31 free throws made and 36 attempts are both the most by any Fever opponent in 2008 and in the fourth quarter and overtime the Lynx shot more free throws (21-22) than it had in the first three quarters combined. Meanwhile the Fever shot just 10 free throws (6-10) in the final 15 minutes.
  • Tonight's game represents the first time this season that all five Indiana starters have scored in double-figures.
  • Indiana had seven blocked shots tonight and it has had at least seven in four of the last five games. Katie Douglas tied a career-best with three rejections tonight.
  • Ebony Hoffman's team-high tying 17 points were highlighted by three 3-pt FG--tying her career-high. Hoffman has hit three 3-pt FG four times this season.
  • In the last three games, Tan White has shot 11-20 FG (.550). In the 11 games prior to the game at New York, 7/19, White had shot 21-88 (.239).
  • Indiana's 34 points in the paint tonight are its most of the last seven games and the Fever has scored 30+ points just times in 24 games. In those eight games with 30+ points in the paint Indiana is 5-3.
  • The Lynx turned 13 offensive rebounds into 17 second chance points while the Fever had just nine points on 14 second chance opportunities.
  • LaToya Thomas' seven points tonight featured the only 3-pt FG by a member of the Lynx and that was her first 3-pt FG of the season.