|STAR OF THE GAME
A typical night for Catchings. She paced the Fever with 15 points, including 6-of-6 from the foul stripe. She had six rebounds, four assists, four steals and a block.
Sutton-Brown just missed her second straight double-double of 10-points and 10 rebounds. Instead, she finished with 10 points and nine boards, and went 6-of-8 from the foul line.
||Fever 66, Shock 54
June 19, 2009 at The Palace of Auburn Hills (Auburn Hills, Mich.)|
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AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - Tamika Catchings scored 15 points and the Indiana Fever beat Detroit in Rick Mahorn's debut as Shock coach on Friday night.
Mahorn took over as the defending champs' coach after Bill Laimbeer's abrupt resignation earlier in the week. The Shock also had All-Star Cheryl Ford in the lineup for the first time since she tore her right ACL last July, but she finished with seven points and two rebounds in 20 minutes.
Katie Douglas added 13 points for Indiana who won its third straight game and won at Detroit for the first time since 2007. It was Indiana's largest win at The Palace since a 31-point win in July 2003.
Deanna Nolan led the Shock with 13 points. Detroit led 27-25 at the half, but the Fever started the third quarter with a 20-5 run to take a 13-point lead.
The margin was 52-38 at the period's end, as both Catchings and Douglas had nine points in the quarter for the Fever. Indiana's 27-point third quarter was highest-scoring period of the season and more than doubled its score in the first half.
All five Indiana starters scored in double figures for the first time in 2009.
Tamika Catchings paced the Fever with 15 points. She also added six rebounds, four assists, four steals and a block. She was 6-of-6 at the free throw line, where the Fever was 25-of-28 overall.
Katie Douglas added 14 points, Ebony Hoffman had 12, and Tully Bevilaqua and Tammy Sutton-Brown each had 10. Sutton-Brown paced Indiana on the boards with nine.
The Feverís 27 points in the third quarter were greater than it scored in the entire first half. The Feverís third quarter was hits highest scoring quarter of the season, and pulled Indiana from a 27-25 halftime deficit to a 52-38 lead entering the fourth quarter. Indianaís largest lead of the game was 16 points.
The Feverís three-game win streak is its longest since 2007. Even during its fourth-straight playoff season in 2008, Indiana never won more than two consecutive games.
The Fever won a regular season game at Detroit for the first time since June 16, 2007. It was the Feverís largest regular season road win over the Shock since a 31-point win in 2003.
The Fever hosts the Shock on Sunday, Fatherís Day, at Conseco Fieldhouse. Dads accompanying their daughters receive a $14 for just $1.