Fever Ties Franchise Record For Wins In A Season
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Uncasville, CT – The Indiana Fever shot 50 percent from the floor and netted nine 3’s before capturing an 87-68 road win over the Connecticut Sun Friday night. The win, coupled with Detroit’s loss to Washington, kept the Fever in the hunt for home-court advantage in its upcoming first round playoff series with the Detroit Shock.
Indiana finished its road schedule above .500 (9-8) for the first time in franchise history and has now tied last year’s mark for the most wins in franchise history (21). The Fever’s 87 points Friday was the second-highest total scored against the Sun this season.
Anna DeForge scored a game-high 20 points on 8-of-14 shooting, including four 3’s, as the Fever improved its record to 21-12. Tamika Catchings followed DeForge with 19 points and seven rebounds.
Connecticut (26-7) had four starters score in double-figures, led by Nykesha Sales’ 17. Lindsay Whalen added 16 for the Sun, which has already secured the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference and best record in the WNBA.
Indiana trailed 12-4 early following an 8-0 run by the Sun. The Fever crept back in the game from the 3-point line, hitting three 3’s late in the first quarter before tying the game at 23. Whalen led all scorers in the game’s opening ten minutes with 13 first quarter points for Connecticut.
The Fever outscored the Sun 9-1 to open the second quarter, racing out to a 32-24 lead. Indiana would go on to outscore Connecticut 22-12 in the second to take a double-digit lead into halftime.
DeForge sparked Indiana to a 45-35 halftime advantage, scoring a game-high 15 points. Whalen paced Connecticut with 14 first half points. The Fever shot 51 percent from the floor in the first half, including 5-of-7 from 3-point range.
Connecticut cut Indiana’s lead to six on a Sales 3-point play at the 5:51 mark of the third quarter. Indiana then used an 8-2 run to pull in front by 12. A jumper from Tamika Whitmore made the score 62-50, Indiana.
The Sun cut its deficit down to nine early in the fourth quarter. However, Catchings converted a 3-point play moments later to extend Indiana’s lead back to double-digits.
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