|STAR OF THE GAME
January came off the bench to score a career-high 17 points. Her 10 points in the second quarter were huge, enabling the Fever to come back from a 14-point deficit.
With four steals, Catchings became the youngest and quickest player to reach 600 steals in WNBA history. Catchings finished the game with 10 points and nine rebounds.
“We did not start the game with our usual defensive intensity. We turned the ball over early but corrected that at halftime. The third quarter was huge for us. We upped the tempo in the third quarter and began running Detroit. Our players really care about each other. They love sharing the ball. I’m constantly talking about not getting complacent. We need to play like we are fighting for a playoff spot.”
on slowing Deanna Nolan down:
“We were trying to disrupt her early. She is so quick and explosive. We did a better job matching up in transition and making her touches tough. Overall it was a great defensive effort after the first quarter.”
Points in the paint:
Fever 20, Shock 30
Fever 7, Shock 8
Fever 4, Shock 9
Points off turnovers:
Fever 45, Shock 16
Fever 51, Shock 23
Fever 31, Shock 36
INDIANAPOLIS -- Katie Douglas scored 19 points, and the Indiana Fever overcame a 14-point deficit to beat the Detroit Shock 82-59 on Saturday night.
Rookie Briann January scored a career-high 17 points and Tamika Catchings had 10 points, nine rebounds and four steals for the Fever (19-5).
Shavonte Zellous led Detroit (9-13) with 16 points.
Detroit shot 53 percent in the first half, but just 29 percent in the second. Indiana scored 45 points off Detroit's 24 turnovers to win their 12th straight at home.
Detroit led 27-13 early in the second quarter, but Indiana recovered and led 39-38 at halftime. The Fever outscored the Shock 13-0 in the first four minutes of the second half to take a 52-38 lead, and Indiana maintained control from there.
With her four steals tonight, Tamika Catchings has become just the third player in WNBA history with 600 in her career--joining Sheryl Swoopes and Ticha Penicheiro. Having done so in just 236 games, Catchings is the fastest ever to this mark.
With four 3-pt field goals tonight, Katie Douglas has hit 428 3-pt FG in her career and has moved ahead of former New York Liberty star Crystal Robinson into fifth place on the WNBA's all-time career 3-pt field goals made list.
The Fever has now won 12 straight games at Conseco Fieldhouse, one short of the franchise's all-time record set from July 22, 2002, to July 10, 2003. The current streak is the longest ever in one season for Indiana.
Tonight's attendance of 9,963 is the Fever's largest attended game in August since 13,063 fans watched Indiana defeat the Cleveland Rockers, 8/23/03.
Detroit's 21 points in the second half are the fewest scored against the Fever in a half this season and the Shock's eight points in the third period tied the fewest by a Fever opponent this season.
The Fever connected on 10 3-pt FG tonight, the second most it has made this season, and the most it has hit at Conseco Fieldhouse in 2009.
With 19 points, Katie Douglas led the team in scoring for the seventh time in the last eight games.
Including a career-best seven free throws made, Briann January scored a career-best 17 points tonight. Her eight free throw attempts tied her most in the WNBA.
January also tied a career-high with three steals tonight.
Indiana is now 16-0 this season when leading at the half, and it is 15-0 when taking a lead into the fourth quarter.
With its 82 tonight, the Fever has scored 80+ points in 10 of the last 14 games.
The Fever was outrebounded by the Shock tonight, 34-30, and the win is Indiana's seventh (7-5) in games in which it is outrebounded.
The Fever scored 45 points off Detroit's 24 turnovers, its most points off turnovers this season. Indiana's previous season-high in points off turnovers was 29.
Detroit's 24 miscues are its most this season and Indiana has forced an opponent into 20+ turnovers 12 times this season.