Record win at Chicago is 9th straight for Fever

Shay Murphy
In a blowout filled with stars, Shay Murphy scored a career-high 15 points while logging 23 minutes. She entered the game with three points in eight minutes all season.
Jessica Davenport
Davenport recorded 12 points, two blocks, two rebounds and a steal in 18 minutes of play, her most extensive action in a Fever uniform.
Fever 83, Sky 54
July 10, 2009 at UIC Pavilion (Chicago, Ill.)
Box Score | Recap

Team Record 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Indiana 9-2 13 21 12 17 83
at Chicago 6-7 9 14 13 18 54

CHICAGO (AP) -- Reserve Shay Murphy scored 15 points as the Indiana Fever extended their franchise- record winning streak to nine games, 83-54 over the Chicago Sky on Friday.

The Fever (9-2) never trailed as they blitzed the Sky 33-9 in the opening quarter on 72.2 percent (13 of 18) shooting before 4,021 fans at the UIC Pavilion.

The Sky (6-7) took their fourth straight loss and first at home. Chicago shot only 22.9 (8 of 35) in the opening half and its 54 points were a season low.

The torrid pace eased after Indiana used a 9-0 run to build a 42-11 lead early in the second period. The Fever shot 52 percent (9 of 17) in the period on the way to a 54-23 halftime lead as Murphy hit all five of her shots for 11 points.

Joining Murphy in double figures was reserve Jessica Davenport with 12. Starters Tammy Sutton-Brown and Katie Douglas each added 11. Shyra Ely paced Chicago with 12 points.

Sylvia Fowles, Chicago's top rebounder, sat out her fourth straight game with a sore right knee. She's expected to miss at least one more game.

The Fever also set team records for most points in an opening quarter and most first-half points and first-half point margin on the road. The 29-point win matched the Fever's second-largest road win of all-time.

Indiana lost its first two games of the WNBA season, then began its current streak with a 73-66 home victory over Seattle on June 9.

Game Notes

  • Indiana extended its franchise-record win streak to nine games, becoming just the fifth franchise in WNBA history to record a streak of nine games or more. The Fever extended its lead in the Eastern Conference to 3 Ĺ games over the Mystics while sending the Sky to its fourth straight defeat.
  • The 29-point victory matched the second-largest road margin in Fever history.
  • Indiana blitzed the Sky 33-9 in the opening quarter, setting a franchise record for points in a quarter. The onslaught continued in the second quarter with Indiana taking a 54-23 lead at the intermission and setting another franchise record with a 31-point lead at the half.
  • Fever shot 22-of-35 (63.6 percent) in the first half with seldom-used Shay Murphy leading all scorers with 11 points at intermission. Murphy, who entered the game with three points and eight total minutes all season, played 10 minutes in the first half.
  • The first half also set a new Fever mark for first half points away from Conseco Fieldhouse, as Indiana put 10 different players in the scoring column before intermission.
  • Leading by as many as 33 points, the Fever coasted in the second half, and played the entire fourth period with reserves.
  • Murphy matched a career scoring high with a game-high 15 points on 7-of-12 shooting. Jessica Davenport came off the bench to score 12 points, and starters Katie Douglas and Tammy Sutton-Brown each scored 11.
  • Indianapolis native Shyra Ely (Ben Davis HS) scored 12 points and was the only Sky player in double figures.
  • Indiana is idle this weekend before hosting Chicago in the Feverís annual Kids Day game, Wednesday, July 15 at 1:00 p.m. Animated cartoon favorites Curious George and Clifford The Big Red Dog will meet and greet fans before the game and at halftime.