Fever Block 14 Shots, Cruise to Victory Over Lynx
|STAR OF THE GAME
Catchings led all scorers with 27 points. Last year Catchings led the WNBA in free throws made and tonight she was at it again as she tied the Fever record for free throw percentage, connecting on 10-of-10 from the charity stripe. Catchings also collected six rebounds and continued her dominance on defense with two steals.
Sutton-Brown was one of four Fever players who scored in double-figures as she put in 10 points. On a night when the Fever came within one block of tying the team record, Sutton-Brown had four of the 14 total blocks. Sutton-Brown joined Catchings in free throw production, as she sank six-of-six from the line.
"I was so impressed with how hard we played and the energy we had, especially playing back-to-back games. I thought our bench was crucial and I thought Tamika was just outstanding. This was one of her best games. She took control of things early in the game and everyone fed off her. It was a very complete, team win. I was thrilled by our effort and was very pleased that our whole lineup had double-digit minutes."
On not letting up over past four days:
"Character. It shows the character of our team. We played three games in four days. We played last night and we flew today. We are playing with energy, playing with character and maintaining our intensity on defense. We have stayed focused and overcome some of our challenges."
Points in the paint:
Fever 30, Lynx 14
Fever 3, Lynx 8
Fever 17, Lynx 2
Points off turnovers:
Fever 30, Lynx 6
Fever 58, Lynx 39
Fever 31, Lynx 12
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Tamika Catchings scored 27 points to lead the Indiana Fever to its third straight win, 89-51 rout over the short-handed Minnesota Lynx on Sunday night.
Katie Douglas added 12 and Tammy Sutton-Brown and Shavonte Zellous each finished with 10 to lead the Fever (5-3) to their fifth win in six games.
Rebekkah Brunson led the Lynx (2-7) with 10 points and 12 rebounds, her third straight double-double. Candice Wiggins added 11, but shot just 1 for 8.
Lynx guard Lindsay Whalen missed the game with an undisclosed illness and the Fever took full advantage. Indiana held Minnesota to a franchise-low 11 field goals and 20.7 percent shooting.
Indiana finished 9 for 16 on 3-pointers, and held Minnesota to 0 for 4.
The Fever led by 20 at halftime and held Minnesota to 3-for-23 shooting to start the game. The Lynx went 11:15 between field goals during a rough stretch bridging the first and second quarters.
Wiggins hit a runner with 5:49 left in the second to end the drought, but Minnesota trailed by 24 by then.
Although they were playing for the third time in four nights, the Fever shot 56.3 percent in the first half and led by as many as 30 in the third quarter.
The Lynx have trailed by 20 or more in five games this season and by 30 twice.
The Fever won for the third time in four days and recorded the largest victory margin in franchise history, 38 points.
Indiana has won three straight games, and five of its past six.
Tamika Catchings paced the Fever with 27 points, six assists and two steals. She scored in double-figures for the 26th straight game dating to last season, to match the second-longest streak in franchise history.
Catchings led four double-figure scorers for the Fever. Katie Douglas had 12 points with Tammy Sutton-Brown and Shavonte Zellous each adding 10. For Zellous, it was her third straight double-digit effort off the bench, since joining Indiana on May 29.
The Fever got 31 points off the bench in Sunday’s win to continue a streak of three straight games, triggered by the arrival of Zellous, in which the Fever bench has scored at least 30 points.
The Fever rode runs of 16-2 in the first, 12-2 to begin the second quarter and 14-4 to begin the third, to lead 65-35 with 4:43 left in the third period. The Fever defense held the Lynx without a field goal for the first six minutes of the third quarter and outscored Minnesota 20-8 in the final period.
Indiana led 51-31 at the intermission, recording its highest-scoring half of the season. By contrast, the Lynx managed just 51 points for the game, the lowest score in the WNBA this season.
Scoring a 3-pointer with 6:35 remaining in the opening period, Tully Bevilaqua became the seventh player ever to score 1,000 points in a Fever uniform. Ebony Hoffman had three rebounds to reach 1,000 rebounds for her career.
Over the course of the last two games the Fever has a 36-7 edge in fast break points over their opponents, the New York Liberty and Minnesota Lynx.
The Fever had 14 total blocks, the second most in team history. The mark is the most in a game in regulation, as the top mark, 15 came in a double-overtime contest vs. Los Angeles on May 29, 2008.
The Fever set a record for opponent low in field goal percentage, as they held the Lynx to .207 (12-of-58)
The Fever also forced Minnesota into their largest margin of defeat in team history.