Indiana beats Tulsa; Wins 7 of 9 Heading Into All-Star Break


WNBA | BOK Center (Tulsa, Okla.)

July 25, 2013

TULSA – Tamika Catchings scored 23 points and Shavonte Zellous added 19 to lead the Indiana Fever to its seventh win in nine games, winning 71-60 over the Tulsa Shock.

Catchings and Zellous combined to hit 15 of 25 shots and Indiana shot 46 percent as a team, as the Fever hit the midway point of its schedule. Zellous and Catchings, along with coach Lin Dunn and the Indiana coaching staff, will represent the Fever in Saturday’s WNBA All-Star Game in Connecticut.

Catchings, who will make her eighth All-Star appearance, became the WNBA’s No. 4 scorer of all-time (6,024). She already is the league’s career leader in steals and free throws, and is third in rebounds.

“Everybody was really focused, especially coming after a loss. It’s a confidence-builder for us going into the break,” said Catchings.

“We defended well and we attacked well,” said Dunn. “Any time we shoot 46 percent, we should win. Our energy level was high and I thought that was a key. We had really good balance.”

The Fever scored five straight points for a 45-36 lead early in the third period. The Shock cut the margin to 53-50 on a pair of Glory Johnson free throws to begin the fourth quarter, but Tulsa never got closer.

Catchings, Zellous and Jessica Breland scored six straight points for another 9-point lead and after a bucket from Liz Cambage, a Catchings layin was followed by a three-point play by Zellous as Indiana commanded a 66-54 lead with 4:46 remaining. A jumper by Karima Christmas stretched the Fever lead to 13, 71-59, with 1:46 left.

Christmas added 11 points for the Fever (8-9) who swept the season series with Tulsa (6-14) and moved within a half-game of third-place Washington in the East standings.

Catchings opened the contest scoring the Fever’s first six points on a pair of 3-pointers. She hit a pull-up jumper moments later to pass Lauren Jackson on the all-time scoring chart.

Tulsa, which snapped a three-game win streak, got 13 points from Cambage and 11 from Johnson.

The Fever resumes the second half of action on Thursday, Aug. 1 at Connecticut (7:00 p.m.).