Catchings' 22 and Phillips' 21 Not Enough as Indiana Falls to Atlanta
|STAR OF THE GAME
Phillips led Indiana in the fourth quarter with eight points, finishing the game with a career-high 21 for the Fever. Phillips was 7 of 14 from the field. She also added three rebounds and three assists.
Davenport finished the game with 12 points. She also added seven rebounds. Davenport was one of three Fever players to finish the game in double figures.
“I thought we let Atlanta’s athleticism and quickness bother us today. They had up-tempo transitions that beat us down the floor. We had some turnovers that Price and Harding forced, and that costs us some early foul trouble. Once the game was only a 8 to 10 point game, I thought we had a chance. But then Harding had a great breakout. Atlanta has some strong athletes. We also had a few mental mistakes that really cost us a chance to get back into the game.”
Points in the paint:
Fever 30, Dream 38
Fever 11, Dream 12
Fever 10, Dream 24
Points off turnovers:
Fever 13, Dream 17
Fever 60, Dream 65
Fever 14, Dream 19
ALANTA (AP) - Lindsey Harding scored 19 points to lead the Atlanta Dream past the Indiana Fever 84-74 on Tuesday.
Atlanta, the defending Eastern Conference champion, has won two straight but is fifth in the conference, four games behind the Fever.
Tamika Catchings had 22 points and Erin Phillips had 21 for Indiana, which has lost three straight for the first time this season.
Erika de Souza had 15 points and 11 rebounds for Atlanta. All-Star Angel McCoughtry, slowed by foul trouble, managed to score 15 points in only 19 minutes.
Atlanta was also without forward Sancho Lyttle (sore back) and guard Coco Miller (sprained right ankle) and had only nine players in uniform for the second straight game.
Despite the thin bench, Atlanta led 44-36 at halftime.
Jessica Davenport added 12 points and seven rebounds for Indiana, while Kate Douglas went 1-for-8 from the field and finished with four points. Iziane Castro Marques had 10 points for Atlanta.
Coach Marynell Meadors stuck with her starters for the entire first period. McCoughtry missed her first five shots from the field but made four straight free throws to cap a 10-0 run for an early 17-9 lead. Then McCoughtry left with three fouls with 4:20 remaining in the first half.
Alison Bales hit two jumpers in another 10-0 run to give the Dream a 36-20 lead in the second period. Indiana closed the first half with a 16-8 run to trail 44-36 at halftime.
McCoughtry had two quick third-period baskets before she was called for an offensive foul with 6:16 remaining, sending her back to the bench for the remainder of the period with four fouls.
With McCoughtry watching, Philips scored to cut Atlanta's lead to 50-47, but the Fever couldn't complete the comeback bid. Atlanta pushed its lead back to 66-56 at the end of the third period.
Philips hit a 3-pointer to cut Atlanta's lead to 77-67 and added another 3 with 2:11 remaining to trim the deficit to single digits for the first time in the period at 79-70.
McCoughtry had a basket and a free throw in the final 41 seconds to pad the lead.
The Fever dropped its third straight game, falling to 10-6 on the season. Indiana is 7-2 at home and 3-4 on the road this season.
Tamika Catchings led the Fever with a game-high 22 points, eight rebounds and six assists. She led Indiana in every major statistical category.
Erin Phillips scored a season-high 21 points and added three assists. She was 3-4 from beyond the arc.
Jessica Davenport added 12 points and seven rebounds off the bench.
Tamika Catchings and Katie Douglas have been voted by fans to start for the Eastern Conference in the 2011 WNBA All-Star Game, next Saturday, July 23, in San Antonio. For the third time since 2006, Catchings was the league’s top overall vote-getter. Douglas finished third in balloting among stars from the East. It is the second time that Catchings and Douglas will start an All-Star Game for the Fever. It is the third time the Fever has placed two starters in All-Star Game starting lineup.
When the Fever returns to Conseco Fieldhouse on Thursday, July 21, fans have the opportunity to purchase a uniquely designed bobblehead doll in the likeness of All-Star Tamika Catchings! Exclusive tickets begin at $24 and include the bobblehead doll and your game ticket to see the Fever and the Chicago Sky. Tickets for the Fever Bobblehead Night are on sale now and will be available until tipoff. This limited offer is on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets for this offer may only be purchased online at FeverBasketball.com. The Catchings bobblehead doll will be available via the same offer, while supplies last, for the game on July 31 against the Los Angeles Sparks. A Katie Douglas bobblehead doll will be available for the Aug. 13 game against the New York Liberty.
adidas and the Indiana Fever have introduced adidas Basketball Team Nights for youth basketball players. Throughout the 2011 season at select games, adidas and the Fever invite any fan under age 18 to wear their basketball team or camp apparel. Those who do will receive a free adidas Basketball t-shirt. No purchase is necessary. Upcoming adidas Basketball Team Nights are Sunday, July 31 at 6:00 p.m. vs. Los Angeles Sparks; Saturday, Aug. 13 at 7:00 p.m. vs. New York Liberty; Saturday, Aug. 27 at 7:00 p.m. vs. Atlanta Dream; and Sunday, Sept. 11 at 5:00 p.m. vs. Atlanta Dream.
Bowl with the Indiana Fever stars and help local charities! The Indiana Fever will conduct the 2011 Fever Bowling Tournament at Pinheads in Fishers on August 3 at 6:30 p.m. Proceeds from this event go to the Fever’s Be YOUnique Fund. $400 buys a team of four with a celebrity. Or pay $125 individually to be put on a team. To sign up your team, go to FeverBasketball.com or pick up a flyer at the Ticket Service Kiosk.