Shock Slide by Fever
|STAR OF THE GAME
Catchings led the Fever with 15 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists, as she earned her Fever-leading 61st double-double of her career. Catchings, who is among the WNBA leaders in steals also collected three takeaways against the Shock.
Douglas played a key role for the Fever, keeping the team within reach down the stretch of the game. Douglas scored a season-high 13 points and also pitched in with five assists and four rebounds.
“I did not think we defended well in the crunch-time. We did not seem to have a sense of urgency at crunch-time and that was not good enough. I thought Tulsa wanted it more. I thought our effort was better in the second half than it was in the first, but it was not to the level I would have liked.”
Points in the paint:
Fever 20, Shock 38
Fever 14, Shock 10
Fever 8, Shock 16
Points off turnovers:
Fever 19, Shock 17
Fever 53, Shock 36
Fever 21, Shock 43
TULSA, Okla. (AP) The Tulsa Shock earned their first victory in their new home with a 79-74 win over the Indiana Fever on Saturday night at the BOK Center.
Chante Black's layup with under a minute left broke a 72-72 tie. An 18-foot jumper by Natasha Lacy and free throws from Black and Alexis Hornbuckle clinched the win.
Amber Holt came off the bench to lead Tulsa with 16 points. Lacy put up 15 points, Plenette Pierson scored 12 and Kara Braxton had 11.
The Fever (2-3) were led by Tamika Catching's 15 points. Ebony Hoffman added 14, Katy Douglas scored 13 and Shay Murphy had 12.
Chante Blacks layup with 53 seconds broke a 72-72 deadlock and after an Indiana traveling violation, Natasha Lacy’s jumper gave the Shock a four-point lead with 16 seconds to play. Ebony Hoffman missed a 3-point attempt with 10 seconds remaining and after a foul by Tamika Catchings, Blacks free throw made it 77-72.
The Tulsa victory was the club’s first at BOK Center since the franchise moved from Detroit.
Tulsa took its first lead of the final period on a layup by Scholanda Robinson to stake the Shock to a 65-64 lead with 5:32 to play. The Fever tied it with 1:18 remaining when Tamika Catchings’ putback of a Katie Douglas miss made it 72-72.
Tulsa led 40-35 at the intermission. Tulsa shot 51.5 percent in the opening half with Indiana shooting just 36 percent. Each team led by as many as six points with the Fever controlling most of the opening quarters, but an 11-0 Shock run late in the first quarter gave Tulsa a five-point advantage at 21-16. There were eight lead changes and four ties in the opening half.
Tamika Catchings paced the Fever with a near triple-double, finishing with 15 points, 10 rebounds and a game-high seven assists. Katie Douglas scored a season-high 13 points for Indiana. Coming off the bench for the first time this season, Ebony Hoffman had 14 points. Earning her first start of the year, Shay Murphy had 12 points and nine rebounds.
Tulsa was led by 16 points from Amber Holt and 15 from Natasha Lacy, both off the bench. Plenette Pierson added 12 points and Kara Braxton had 11.
Indiana native and former Indiana Miss Basketball Shana Crossley had seven points for the Shock.