Indiana Makes Quick Work Of New York, 77-44
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NEW YORK – The Indiana Fever outscored the New York Liberty 21-5 in the third quarter before cruising to a 77-44 road win Tuesday night in Madison Square Garden. The 33-point win was Indiana’s largest margin of victory this season, and second-largest in franchise history.
New York’s 44 points Tuesday was the lowest single-game total for any team in the WNBA this season. The lopsided score gave head coach Brian Winters an opportunity to use his bench early, and rest his starters as Indiana prepares for its first round playoff series with the Detroit Shock.
Tamika Whitmore scored a game-high 14 points, with nine of her 14 coming in the first quarter. Anna DeForge followed with 13 points on 5-of-9 shooting, to go along with a game-high seven rebounds and game-high three steals for Indiana (20-11).
Cathrine Kraayeveld led New York with 13 points, while Ashley Battle contributed 10 points off the bench for the Liberty (9-23).
The Fever scored the first 11 points of the game, with seven coming from Whitmore. New York didn’t break the scoring column until the 4:29 mark of the first when Loree Moore was able to knock down a 3-pointer. New York scored just six first quarter points, shooting 2-of-11 from the field.
Indiana went on a 15-2 run before jumping out to a 26-8 lead midway through the second quarter. The Fever led by as many as 22 in the second before leading 38-22 at halftime. Whitmore led all scorers with 14 points in the first half.
Following a 9-0 run to open the third quarter, Indiana extended its lead to 25 points. Tully Bevilaqua’s 3-point shot from the right wing made the score 47-22, Indiana. The Fever went on to outscore the Liberty 21-5 in the third quarter and led 59-27 after three.
Indiana led by as many as 39 in the fourth quarter before cruising to its 20th win of the season.
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