Bobbitt, Davenport and Bench Come Up Big in Big Road Win Over Sun
|STAR OF THE GAME
Bobbitt came off the bench to spark the Fever with 13 points in 27 minutes to help Indiana regain sole possession of first place in the East. Bobbitt scored a career high in points while adding a career-high five steals, five assists and four rebounds.
Also off the bench, Davenport battled head-to-head with All-Star center Tina Charles to produce her first career double-double, scoring 10 points with a season-high 10 rebounds in the Fever win.
“When you look at the points, rebounds and the bench, I think that was the difference in the game. Davenport comes in and gets big rebounds. At the end of the day, it was our defense. We came out with an enormous amount of energy.”
Points in the paint:
Fever 26, Sun 28
Fever 12, Sun 8
Fever 6, Sun 10
Points off turnovers:
Fever 19, Sun 13
Fever 38, Sun 40
Fever 31, Sun 18
UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) Tamika Catchings scored 16 points and the Indiana Fever beat the Connecticut Sun 69-58 on Thursday night. The Fever (12-6) moved back into first place in the Eastern Conference by a game over Connecticut (10-6).
It was Connecticut’s first loss at home this season after seven straight wins. The Indiana victory also clinched the season series between the two clubs (3-1) as both teams moved into the second half of the season.
Shannon Bobbitt scored a career-high 13 points for the Fever, who held Connecticut to 31 percent shooting from the floor (22 for 72). Indiana survived 33 percent shooting (22 of 67) by outrebounding Connecticut 48-39. Bobbitt also added a career-high five steals to go with five assists. Also off the bench, Jessica Davenport recorded the first double-double of her career, adding 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Bobbitt and Catchings each made free throws in the final minute to seal the win for the Fever. Indiana played without leading scorer Katie Douglas, who was ill and remained at home due to a stomach virus.
Connecticut, which trailed by as many as 17, got as close as four in the fourth period.
Tina Charles led Connecticut with 13 points and Renee Montgomery added 10.
Catchings made a 3-point field goal with three minutes remaining in the second quarter to give the Fever their biggest lead of the first half at 34-17.
Connecticut, which shot 27 percent (9 for 34) in the first half, scored the last eight points of the first half to pull within 34-25 at halftime. The Sun missed all nine three-point attempts in the half and committed 10 turnovers.
Postgame Notes: Indiana snapped Connecticut's four-game win streak while clinching the season series with the Sun (3-1 with one game remaining). The Fever regained sole possession of first place in the Eastern Conference with a one-game lead over the Sun.
Tamika Catchings had 16 points and six rebounds to lead four double-figure scorers. Shannon Bobbitt added 13 while Jessica Davenport and Jeanette Pohlen, making just her second career start, added 10. Davenport had a season-high 10 rebounds and the first double-double of her career.
Indiana continues a stretch of three games in four days when playing at Washington on Friday night. The Fever returns to Indianapolis to host the L.A. Sparks on Sunday.
Indiana played without the services of All-Star guard Katie Douglas who did not travel to Connecticut due to a stomach virus. She is expected to meet her teammates in Washington and is likely to play Friday against the Mystics.
Reserve point guard Shannon Bobbitt was one of four double-figure scorers with a career-high 13 points in the Fever win Thursday night. Bobbitt became the 11th Fever player to score in double digits this season. In its first 18 games, every Fever player has reached double figure points at least once.
Playing without Douglas and already without the services of injured point guard Briann January, the four-player Indiana bench totaled 29 points in the victory. Bobbitt finished with 13 points, Jessica Davenport added 10, Shyra Ely had six and Shavonte Zellous added two.
Indiana finished 7-for-18 (.389) from 3-point range Thursday night while the Sun shot just 1-for-15 (.067) on their home floor. Indiana's Tamika Catchings and Jeanette Pohlen combined to shoot 5-for-6 from behind the arc.
When the Fever returns to Conseco Fieldhouse on Sunday, July 31, 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 Los Angeles Sparks. 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. 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.