Fever Wins Playoff Tune-Up

Bevilaqua made 3-of-4 shots including a pair of 3-pointers, and added a season-high six assists to pace the Fever win.
Miller shot 5-of-9 from the floor, with two 3-pointers, to finish with 13 points.
On the meaning of the game:
“This was not a meaningless game for us. We want to continue to have home court and if Sacramento loses in the West [Playoffs], this was a very meaningful game for us [because it would secure home-court advantage in the WNBA Finals]. We don’t want to let anyone come in here and beat us.”

On playing better after the loss at Detroit:
“Definitely, we wanted to play well going into the playoffs and get back on track. We’ve been pretty relaxed and wanted to come and feel good going into the playoffs, getting our rhythm back. We have worked for this all year. We have a great team. We will have to take our “A” game. This is an exciting time of the year and we are looking forward to it.”

Points in the paint:
Liberty 20, Fever 32
Second-chance points:
Liberty 4, Fever 10
Fast-break points:
Liberty 2, Fever 5
Points off turnovers:
Liberty 7, Fever 13
Starters scoring:
Liberty 35, Fever 46
Bench scoring:
Liberty 15, Fever 29
Box Score | WNBA Recap
Fever 75, Liberty 50

August 27, 2005 at Conseco Fieldhouse (Indianapolis, Ind.)

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    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Tully Bevilaqua and the Indiana Fever gave the New York Liberty something to think about.

    Bevilaqua paced a balanced attack with 10 points and a season-high six assists as the Fever posted a 75-50 rout of the Liberty in a preview of an Eastern Conference first-round matchup.

    Indiana (21-13) travels to New York (18-16) to begin a best-of-three series Tuesday at Madison Square Garden, where it is 3-7 all-time and was knocked from the 2002 playoffs.

    The playoff matchup already was set prior to the game, but Bevilaqua was intent on giving the Fever some momentum heading into the postseason.

    She gave her club the lead for good at 11-9 on a pair of free throws less than four minutes in and then buried a 3-pointer for a five-point advantage, part of an early 9-0 run.

    Kelly Miller scored nine of her 13 points in the first half to help Indiana take a 35-30 lead into the locker room and Bevilaqua opened the second half with a layup.

    The Fever led by at least six points thereafter and finished the game with their largest lead.

    Crystal Robinson scored a season-high 19 points on 8-of-11 shooting for the Liberty, which has lost three straight after a five-game winning streak.

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