Fever survives Atlanta’s rally, wins 11th in a row

Katie Douglas
Douglas, after a few "off" performances, was back to typical form tonight. The All-Star guard scored 25 points, including 5-of-8 from beyond the arc.
Ebony Hoffman
Though she didn't score in double digits, Hoffman hit a key three-pointer as the shot clock expired to put the Fever up ten.
Lin Dunn
In general:
ďThe good thing is we find a way to win. We really held Holdsclaw (Chamique) in check when we needed to. Iím very disappointed in the last 50 seconds of the game. I felt that our players felt that they had the game won and we got a little lax. Itís time to go on the road so we can really be tested. Iím glad to go on the road with the momentum we have. I canít say enough about our bench. One of the key reasons that we have won 11 is Tully Bevilaqua.Ē

Katie Douglas
On being down in the first quarter:
ďAtlanta is a very talented team. They will come at you in waves. This was a very important team victory. I never thought that the game was in jeopardy. But, they have good scorers and will continue to come at you. It is better to learn from a win. I was disappointed in myself with the turnovers I had in the last part of the fourth quarter. Atlanta is a quick and athletic and much improved team. They will be contenders in the East.Ē

Points in the paint:
Fever 32, Dream 46
Second-chance points:
Fever 12, Dream 13
Fast-break points:
Fever 7, Dream 12
Points off turnovers:
Fever 18, Dream 23
Starters scoring:
Fever 71, Dream 63
Bench scoring:
Fever 13, Dream 16
Fever 84, Dream 79
July 17, 2009 at Conseco Fieldhouse (Indianapolis, Ind.)
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Team Record 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Atlanta 7-9 17 14 24 24 79
at Indiana 11-2 22 21 21 20 84

INDIANAPOLIS -- Katie Douglas scored 25 points to help the Indiana Fever beat the Atlanta Dream 84-79 on Friday night for their 11th straight win.

Tamika Catchings had 14 points, eight rebounds and four steals and Tammy Sutton-Brown added 13 points for the Fever (11-2), who maintained the best record in the WNBA.

Erika de Souza scored a career-high 23 points and grabbed 14 rebounds for the Dream (7-9).

Atlanta jumped out to a 15-8 lead, but the Fever responded with a 17-2 run to take the lead for good.

Atlanta trimmed Indiana's lead to 72-67 midway through the fourth quarter, but Indiana responded with an 8-3 run. A 3-pointer by Ebony Hoffman as the shot clock expired gave Indiana an 80-70 lead with just under 2 minutes left.

Game Notes

  • The Fever has now 11 straight games, its longest streak ever and the seventh longest in WNBA history. The streak is one short of the longest ever by a team from the Eastern Conference. Connecticut won 12 in a row from July 16 to August 9, 2006. Katie Douglas has been a part of each of the East's two longest streaks.
  • Indiana has extended its home winning streak to eight in a row, which ties its longest ever in one season. The Fever also won eight in a row in 2003 (5/31 to 7/10). The Fever won 13 home games in a row spanning two seasons from July 22, 2002 to July 10, 2003.
  • With her 25 points tonight, Katie Douglas has scored 10 or more points in 13 straight games, the sixth longest streak in Fever history, and the second longest streak for any player other than Tamika Catchings. Natalie Williams scored in double figures in 17 straight games spread between the 2003 and 2004 seasons.
  • Douglas's five 3-pt FG (5-8) tied the most by any Fever player this season.
  • With 20 to Atlanta's 16, the Fever had more turnovers than its opponent for the fourth time this season. However, Indiana is 3-1 when having more miscues than its opponent.
  • After starting the game 2-12 from the floor, the Fever shot 28-52 (.538) the rest of the game.
  • The Fever shot 9-16 from beyond the 3-pt line, tying its season-high for 3-pt FG made.
  • With 20 tonight, the Fever had 20 or more assists for the fifth time this season, and the third time in the last four games. Each of Indiana's starters had at least two assists, including a season-high five from Tully Bevilaqua.
  • The Eastern Conference leader in blocks per game (4.77 bpg), the Fever had seven rejections tonight, including two each from Tammy Sutton-Brown and Jessica Davenport. Seven blocks is one short of Indiana's most this season.
  • Atlanta's Erika de Souza scored a career-high 23 points and claimed a game-high 14 rebounds, including seven offensive rebounds. Seven offensive boards ties the most by any WNBA player this season. de Souza has had seven offensive boards twice this season. de Souza's 10 field goals tonight are her most ever in the WNBA.'
  • Erika de Souza also blocked two shots tonight, tying the most by any opposing player against the Fever this season.
  • The Fever is now 5-2, all-time, against Atlanta and has won three of its four home games in two seasons against the Dream.