Fever lets 14 point second-half lead slip away

Tamika Catchings
Catchings led the Fever with 27 points, 12 rebounds and five assists. Her 12 rebounds were a season high and it was her fourth double-double of the season.
Briann January
January came off the bench to score 14 points. She was looking to get to the hoop all night and got to the free throw line to shoot 5-for-6.
Lin Dunn
In general:
“I’m very disappointed in our effort to start the game. We used a lot of energy just to come back. We had way too many mental mistakes. Sacramento played with a lot of pride and effort. We missed too many open shots. We didn’t box out on free throws and they scored. I hope this is a wake-up call. We lost our focus tonight. We have to play like every possession is crucial. We’re having a hard time sustaining effort for 40 minutes. We had a chance down the stretch to win this game and we didn’t.”

Katie Douglas
On the consequence of the game:
“Hopefully we’re not kicking ourselves at the end of the season because of this loss. We have other motives and agendas and we need to understand we’ll get every opponent’s best effort. Sacramento is consistent with their defensive and offensive philosophy. The west coast is extremely competitive. They were trying to jolt their team before it was too late with a coaching change. We went away from out game plan and our turnovers hurt us. First quarter turnovers are as bad as fourth quarter turnovers. We missed some shots and the momentum changed.”

Points in the paint:
Fever 22, Mercury 30
Second-chance points:
Fever 4, Mercury 8
Fast-break points:
Fever 12, Mercury 6
Points off turnovers:
Fever 23, Mercury 16
Starters scoring:
Fever 67, Mercury 69
Bench scoring:
Fever 11, Mercury 10
Mercury, Fever
September 2, 2009 at Conseco Fieldhouse (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Box Score | Recap

Team Record 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Phoenix 10-20 22 14 21 22 79
at Indiana 20-8 15 25 23 15 78

INDIANAPOLIS -- Nicole Powell had 19 points and 11 rebounds, and Rebekkah Brunson scored the winning layup with 36 seconds left to help the Sacramento Monarchs beat the Indiana Fever 79-78 on Saturday night.

Hamchetou Maiga-Ba added 18 points and Brunson had 14 points and seven rebounds for the Monarchs (10-20), who spoiled Indiana's bid to clinch the Eastern Conference's top playoff seed.

Katie Douglas scored 24 points and Tamika Catchings added 22 points, six rebounds and four steals for the Fever (20-8), who had their 13-game home win streak snapped.

After trailing by 14 points in the third quarter, the Monarchs fought back. Laura Harper's layup with less than 1 minute left brought Sacramento within 78-77, and Brunson's steal and layup seconds later proved to be the winning points.

The Fever had one last chance, but Catchings' jumper with time winding down was off the mark

Game Notes

  • With tonight's loss the Fever's 13-game home winning streak comes to a close. The streak tied the longest in franchise history.
  • The win is Sacramento's first at Conseco Fieldhouse since its first ever visit in 2000 (6/21).
  • The Fever had one fewer turnover than the Monarchs, 20-19, and tonight's loss is Indiana's fifth (14-5) in a game in which it had fewer turnovers than the opposition.
  • The Monarchs outrebounded the Fever, 40-30, and Sacramento's total represents the second 40-rebounds game by a Fever opponent in 2009.
  • With 19 points and 11 rebounds, Sacramento's Nicole Powell registered her third double-double in the last five games. Those are her only double-doubles of the season.
  • With her four tonight, Tamika Catchings has collected four or more steals in five of the last six games. In those six games she has averaged 4.2 spg.
  • The Monarchs had assists on just nine of their 25 field goals and that ties the fewest assists by a Fever opponent this season. The total is Sacramento's third lowest of the season.
  • DeMya Walker accounted for half the Monarch's total of six steals with a season-high tying three.
  • Including 6-6 FT, Kristin Haynie scored a season-high 10 points.