|STAR OF THE GAME
In what was her best game of the season so far, Sutton-Brown recorded a double-double with 14 points, 14 rebounds, and a season-high five blocks. Her 12 defensive rebounds ties her career-high.
Douglas was steady throughout the game, scoring 14 points, including 3-of-6 from beyond the arc. The Indiana native also recorded three assists, three rebounds, and one blocked shot.
“We’re really pleased as to how hard our team plays. Our defense was very disruptive. We out-rebounded Connecticut. We’re really excited about how well Tammy Sutton-Brown played. We concentrated on isolating Tammy all night. We shot better the second half than the first. We held Whalen (Lindsay) in check in the second half. We wanted to let our second group play as many minutes as possible while maintaining our lead. The common thread in our seven wins is the fans.”
On what was said at halftime:
“We needed to revert back to defense. Lin (Dunn) always wants us to take them out of their comfort zone, make them do something they are uncomfortable with.”
Points in the paint:
Fever 28, Sun 22
Fever 6, Sun 9
Fever 8, Sun 6
Points off turnovers:
Fever 15, Sun 18
Fever 56, Sun 31
Fever 11, Sun 22
INDIANAPOLIS -- Tammy Sutton-Brown had 14 points and 14 rebounds to help the Indiana Fever beat the Connecticut Sun 67-53 Thursday night and win a franchise-record seventh game in a row.
Katie Douglas scored 14 points and Tamika Catchings and Ebony Hoffman each scored 10 for Indiana (7-2), which has the WNBA's best record.
Lindsay Whalen scored 11 points and Asjha Jones added 10 for the Sun (4-4), whose three-game winning streak ended.
The Fever held Connecticut scoreless for the first 4:37 of the second half during an 11-0 run to take control. Connecticut didn't make a field goal until 4:40 remained in the quarter.
Sutton-Brown had 10 points and 11 rebounds in the first half to help Indiana take a 37-30 lead at halftime.
With tonight's win, the Fever has established a franchise record with its seventh straight victory. Indiana has won five straight at home, tying the fifth longest streak in Fever history
Connecticut's 53 points are the fewest allowed by the Fever this season and that is the Sun's first game below 60 points this season. Connecticut's 53 points also tied the second fewest it has ever scored against Indiana. In last season's first matchup, the Sun scored 46 points at home against the Fever, 5/27.
With a record of 7-2 this season, the Fever is off to its second best start ever after nine games. The Fever was 8-1 through nine games in 2007. Seven wins ties the most by any WNBA team this season.
Tonight's win is the Fever's third in its last four games with Connecticut. Prior to the 2008 season, the Sun had won 14 of 17 games against Indiana and had won eight of nine at Conseco Fieldhouse.
Outrebounding the Sun, 42-29, the Fever had its biggest rebounding margin of the season and its 42 boards are a season-high. The Fever's 34 defensive rebounds were one off the most by any WNBA team in a regulation game this season.
With 21 miscues, the Fever had more turnovers than its opponent for just the third time this season.
With a difference of 28-22, the Fever outscored its opponent in the paint for just the second time in 2009 and its 28 points in the paint are Indiana's most since the first two games of the season when it scored 30 at Atlanta, 6/6, and 32 vs. Minnesota, 6/7.
With 14 points and a game-high 14 rebounds, Tammy Sutton-Brown recorded her second double-double of the season. Her 14 rebounds were one short of her career-high. Sutton-Brown also led the Fever with five blocked shots, also one short of her most ever in the WNBA.
With her five blocked shots tonight, Sutton-Brown becomes just the second player in Fever history to have five or more blocks twice in her tenure with Indiana. Kara Wolters had five twice in the Fever's inaugural season (2000).
To go along with her team-high five assists, Tamika Catchings had no turnovers in 28 minutes. In her last three games, Catchings has had 12 assists and just two miscues. Since having nine turnovers and just five assists in the first two games, Catchings has had 24 assists and nine turnovers (2.67:1) in the last seven games.
The Fever had nine steals tonight, ending a run of six straight games with double-digit thefts.