|STAR OF THE GAME
In perhaps her most complete game so far this season, Catchings finished just two assists shy of her first career triple-double. Her constant hustle on the floor paid off with 20 points, 16 rebounds, eight assists and six steals in 40 minutes.
Hoffman started and finished strong, converting her first five field goal attempts in the first half and the Fever's only two field goals in the overtime period, including the go-ahead jumper with 1:46 remaining in the game. She finished with 16 points and seven rebounds.
On the win:
“This was a big victory for us. It was a very exciting game. We had two good teams slugging away. We beat one of the top teams in the league. We did a lot of good things. Everybody who played contributed in some way. We got 38 points off our bench. We beat a quality team. There were a lot of turning points in this game.”
On Ebony Hoffman:
“She played the best game of her career. When we drafted her, we thought she had great potential. She played with a lot of confidence tonight.”
On the Fever's emotions going into overtime:
“We had to recover emotionally because the game is not over until you see :00. We came back with a vengeance. Every game is a must win.”
On the physical nature of the game:
“It is extremely physical, but in practice we play no blood, no foul.”
On the difference in this year’s play from last year’s play:
“Last year coming from college to the pro game with no time off, I hit the wall. This year, I conditioned in the off season and was ready for the start of the season.”
On the playoff-like atmosphere of the game:
“This is a big rivalry and not just with the men (Pacers & Pistons). Detroit plays their best against us and we play our best against them.”
On her offensive struggles:
“I’ve had a lot of people talking to me. I’m trying to go out and play and not think too much. We have a lot of good players here who can step up any night. And tonight Ebony played great off the bench. She worked really hard in the offseason and it shows.”
Points in the paint:
Shock 34, Fever 18
Shock 14, Fever 7
Shock 18, Fever 14
Points off turnovers:
Fever 24, Shock 15
Shock 62, Fever 46
Fever 38, Shock 17
Box Score |
||Fever 84, Shock 79
June 15, 2005 at Conseco Fieldhouse (Indianapolis, Ind.)
INDIANAPOLIS—Tamika Catchings’ near triple double of 20 points, 16 rebounds and eight assists kept Indiana’s home unbeaten-streak alive as the Fever (6-3) captured a thrilling, 84-79 overtime win against the Detroit Shock (5-3) on Wednesday night at Conseco Fieldhouse.
The overtime came as no surprise as the contest featured 15 lead changes and 10 ties. The Fever almost held on for a win in regulation after a three-pointer from guard Kelly Miller, with 3.4 seconds in the game, gave Indiana a two-point lead (75-73). But, a buzzer-beating jump shot by Detroit’s Chandi Jones knotted the score.
Once in the overtime period, Ebony Hoffman’s pivotal offensive rebound followed by a put-back underneath gave Indiana the lead, 80-79, with 1:46 remaining. Hoffman scored both Fever field goals in the extra session, and her go-ahead bucket gave Indiana all the momentum it needed to seal the victory. Detroit’s Ruth Riley had a chance to change the game on the next trip down the court, but her shot in the paint rattled out, giving Indiana the ball back. Despite a turnover by Deanna Jackson with 49 seconds on the clock, Indiana regained possession thanks to Catchings’ sixth steal of the game.
Fouled on the steal, Catchings connected on both of her free throws to put the Fever ahead, 82-79. Seconds later, Kelly Miller followed with a pair of free throws which put the game out of reach and continue the Fever’s best start in franchise history.
Rookie guard Tan White registered 20 points, 18 of which game in the first half of play. White, the Fever’s top draft pick in the 2005 WNBA Draft, scored at least 20 points for the second time in four games and remains the only rookie in the WNBA to score 20 in a single game. Hoffman, Indiana’s top draft pick a year earlier, was as big factor in the win, contributing a career-high 16 points and a season-best seven boards.
Deanna Nolan had a solid night for the Shock, recording a game-high 32 points on an 11-for-21 effort from the field. Two other Detroit players scored in double figures. Elaine Powell pitched in with 14 and Riley finished with 10.
Indiana found itself down 18-7 in the first half, but quickly erased the 11-point margin by putting together a 13-2 run of its own. White hit a big shot to give Indiana a 40-36 lead at the break. In the end, the Fever outrebounded the Shock, 35-30, to compensate for a Conseco Fieldhouse WNBA record 25 turnovers. Indiana’s depth once again was a key ingredient in the win, scoring 38 points – mostly from Hoffman and White.
The Fever has little time to rest as it travels to Charlotte on Thursday morning, for an evening date with the Sting.
The Fever is 6-3 after nine games for the first time in franchise history. With that mark, Indiana is just one game behind the division leading Connecticut Sun, which is 6-1 on the season.
With a mark of 4-0, the Fever is the only team undefeated against its own division.
The Fever is 5-0 at home for the second time in its history and the first time since winning its first eight home games of the 2003 season.
Ebony Hoffman's 16 points are a career-high. Hoffman was one rebound short of her most ever in the WNBA with a season-best seven tonight.
With 20 points and a career-high tying 16 rebounds, Tamika Catchings registered the first double-double by a Fever player this season. Her 16 rebounds was one short of the Fever franchise record held by Natalie Williams and Olympia Scott-Richardson.
With a 35-30 edge on the boards, Indiana tied its season-high in rebounds tonight.
Catchings added a season-high eight assists, falling two short of the first triple-double in franchise history.
Catchings also had a season-high six steals, tying Sheryl Swoopes for the most by any player in the WNBA this season.
Indiana is undefeated (4-0) against Eastern Conference opponents in 2005.
Detroit's Deanna Nolan's 32 points is two short of her season-high 34 points, which is the most scored by any player in the league this season.
Indiana's 25 turnovers tied its second most ever in a WNBA game. The Fever have committed 25+ turnovers four times in its history, three times against the Shock. 25 turnovers ties the most ever for the Fever in a game at Conseco Fieldhouse. The Fever had 25 turnovers against Cleveland, 6/12/00.
Including a career-high 11 free throws, Tan White scored 20+ points for the second time this season and is the only WNBA rookie to score 20 or more points this season.
Kelly Schumacher tied a season-high with three blocked shots tonight.
The Fever registered its fifth game of 10+ steals this season. Indiana is now averaging a WNBA-high 9.8 spg this season.
The Fever's 46.4 percent from the floor is a season-high and is the first time this season that Indiana has shot better than 45 percent from the floor in 2005.
The Fever hit 7-14 3-pt FG for 50 percent, its first game of 50+ percent from long range this season.
Indiana's 40 points in the first half represented its best first half of the season and its third 40+ point half in 2005.
Andrea Stinson of the Shock did not play tonight due to a coaching decision. That ended a streak of 261 straight games played.
Tully Bevilaqua was activated from the injured list before the game this evening. The Fever is 5-1 in the six games in which Bevilaqua has started.