Mercury Outlasts Fever in OT, Despite Record Scoring From Fever Bench
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Before fouling out in overtime, Davenport knotted the score with 1.9 seconds in regulation and scored a career-high 20 points on 8-of-15 shooting. The Fever center also finished with nine rebounds.
Playing over 39 minutes in the absence of All-Star Katie Douglas, Pohlen matched a Fever franchise record while shooting perfect from 3-point range (5-of-5) and scoring a career-high 17 points.
“I thought we mixed our defenses: man and zone, man and matchup. I thought that kind of threw them off a little bit, it slowed them down. I’m really disappointed we didn’t win this ball game, I thought if anything we gave it away. I thought we gave it away with bad decisions down the stretch. We missed three straight layups. (Jeanette) Pohlen missed a layup, Tangela Smith missed a layup, (Tamika) Catchings missed a layup there at the end. I really thought that we did all the things that we needed to do with Katie Douglas being hurt. I thought at the end of the night we just shot ourselves in the foot and gave the game away.”
On tying the game at the end of regulation:
“They set good screens for me, and also when I was in the post I was able to get try to get the deepest position I could. They were playing me one-on-one and my teammates told me to attack the basket, so I did.”
Points in the paint:
Fever 36, Mercury 40
Fever 18, Mercury 15
Fever 2, Mercury 16
Points off turnovers:
Fever 13, Mercury 19
Fever 37, Mercury 72
Fever 52, Mercury 21
PHOENIX — Diana Taurasi scored seven of her 32 points in overtime, all on free throws, as the Phoenix Mercury beat the Indiana Fever 93-89 on Sunday.
Candice Dupree had 21 points and 18 rebounds for the Mercury (1-3), who were the WNBA's last winless team this season. Marie Ferdinand-Harris added 17 points, including the final two free throws with 8.5 seconds left for Phoenix, which trailed by 12 late in the third quarter.
Jessica Davenport had a career-high 20 points and nine rebounds before fouling out 13 seconds into the extra period, and Jeanette Pohlen added a career-best 17 points, including 5 for 5 on 3-pointers, for the Fever (3-3). Tamika Catchings also scored 17 with 15 rebounds.
Indiana led by as many as 14 points and maintained a 64-57 lead after three quarters. The Mercury rallied and took its first lead of the second half, 79-78, on Diana Taurasi's 3-pointer with 1:45 left in regulation. A see-saw battle ensued over the final moments until Davenport deposited a Briann January pass for an 82-82 tie just 1.9 seconds before the buzzer.
Indiana scored the first five points of the overtime on a January jumper, her lone basket of the game, and a Catchings' three-point play. But with Davenport fouled out and the Fever lacking its inside game, Phoenix scored 11 of the game's last 13 points.
Postgame Notes: Indiana concludes a three-game, cross-country road trip at Washington on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. ET.
Paced by career scoring highs from Jessica Davenport (20) and Jeanette Pohlen (17), Indiana set a franchise record with 52 points from its bench.
Pohlen matched a franchise record with perfect shooting from 3-point range. Her 5-for-5 effort is surpassed only by a 6-for-6 effort by Tamika Catchings in 2002.
Katie Douglas played the game's first eight minutes before leaving the game with a lower back contusion after a hard fall.