Catchings' 28 points Lifts Fever Over Sky in OT
|STAR OF THE GAME
Catchings led all scorers with 28 points. She also added five rebounds, four assists, two steals, and two blocked shots. Catchings scored eight of the Fever's 14 overtime points to secure the win.
Murphy scored a career-high 20 points, and pulled down 10 rebounds to record her first double-double in a Fever uniform. After scoring 18 first half points, Murphy was a starter in the third quarter. She also had a career-high six assists. Her previous career-high (15) was against the Sky once again on July 10, 2009.
“I thought we played so much better in the second half than we did before halftime. We picked up our intensity and effort, and I thought we showed a lot of character in gut-check time. This was a big win for us. We came back and really got strong, even when we missed a couple of chances to win it in regulation.”
“I thought our bench was really crucial in this victory. They got us back into the lead late in the game and I thought Shay Murphy played a really great game. She really gave us a big lift.”
Points in the paint:
Fever 28, Sky 34
Fever 16, Sky 9
Fever 2, Sky 14
Points off turnovers:
Fever 16, Sky 19
Fever 64, Sky 47
Fever 28, Sky 39
ROSEMONT, Ill.(AP) Tamika Catchings scored eight of her 28 points in overtime to lead the Indiana Fever to a 92-86 victory over the Chicago Sky on Saturday night.
Shay Murphy added 20 as the Fever (1-2) snapped a season-opening two-game losing streak.
Playing in front of a franchise record 6,477 fans in their new Allstate Arena home, the Sky (0-3) forced a 78-78 deadlock late in regulation on Sylvia Fowles' short jumper.
Indiana went ahead for good early in overtime as Catchings' layup put them in front, 82-80.
Fowles led the Sky with 22 points while rookie Epiphanny Prince added 20 points.
Indiana took a four-point lead in the overtime on a Catchings jumper with 1:27 to play, 86-82. Epiphanny Prince drew the Sky within a bucket and Sylvia Fowles had an open shot to tie it with 19.6 seconds to play, but was blocked by Catchings. Catchings hit a pair of charity tosses for an 88-84 advantage. A Fowles layin with 13.5 seconds remaining made it 88-86 and one second later, Briann January’s four free throws in the final seconds gave Indiana the six-point win to match its largest lead.
Sylvia Fowles led four double-figure scorers for Chicago. She scored 22 points with 12 rebounds, and Epiphanny Prince adding 20. Cathrine Kraayeveld scored 16 points and Shameka Christon had 11.
With Indiana leading 78-76, Chicago had a chance to knot the score with 30 seconds remaining, but Dominique Canty’s shot under the bucket was blocked by the Fever’s Sutton-Brown. On the ensuing possession, Tamika Catchings missed a pair of free throws to allow a tying bucket from Sylvia Fowles with 14 seconds in regulation.
Indiana’s biggest lead of the contest came with 2:25 remaining on a Katie Douglas feed to Tamika Catchings for a 78-72 advantage. The Fever owned a 9-4 lead in the game’s early minutes, but trailed virtually the entire game.
In a high-scoring first half that ended with Chicago owning a 52-50 advantage, Indiana shot 58 percent from the floor and the Sky shot 57 percent. The Fever made 5 of 7 3-point attempts to keep pace.
Indiana led early in the opening period before Chicago went on a 16-2 run to take command in the first half. The Sky led by as many as 12, 33-21, and did not relinquish the lead until Murphy knotted the score with a pair of free throws with 1:16 before intermission. The lead changed hands four times in the final minute before the Sky took a 52-50 lead into the locker room.
The Fever returns to Indianapolis for another game against Chicago, Sunday night at Conseco Fieldhouse (6:00 p.m.).
Sunday’s game is a Lucas Oil Family Night presented by The Indianapolis Star! Visit FeverBasketball.com or the Conseco Fieldhouse Box Office to purchase your ticket package. You’ll receive four tickets to the game; four vouchers for free hot dogs, chips, drink, four free t-shirts and the chance to shoot free throws on the Main Court after the game.
Fans will receive 2010 Fever schedule magnets (while supplies last) while attending Sunday’s game.
WNBA All-Star Balloting begins on Sunday. Fever fans can vote for their favorite stars to appear in the annual WNBA classic which takes place July 10 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Connecticut.