Indiana's rousing comeback fell short. The Fever players excavated a hole that was too deep. A statistics sheet loaded with ruinous numbers ultimately did them in.
The Atlanta Dream dumped the Fever, 75-66, in Friday night's opening game of their best-of-three semifinal series in the WNBA Eastern Conference playoffs. Poor 3-point shooting (3-of-13) hurt the Fever. Yielding too many easy points in the paint (44) also impaired Indiana. But the most damaging stat of all was rebounds.-Top-
Tamika Catchings had 25 points and 13 rebounds, Brian January scored 24 points and the Indiana Fever beat the Atlanta Dream 103-88 in Game 2 on Sunday to even their Eastern Conference semifinals series.
Erlana Larkins had 16 points, Shavonte Zellous added 15, Tammy Sutton-Brown 11 and Erin Phillips 10 for the Fever, who shot 53 percent from the field.-Top-
One of the last players to make the Indiana Fever roster in May has developed into one of the team's toughest and most reliable players in September and October.
Erlana Larkins, who wasn't part of a WNBA roster for two seasons before signing with Indiana in 2012, is known as “Larkins the lion” among her teammates. Tuesday night, she showed why, battling her way to 20 rebounds and 16 points as the Fever defeated visiting Atlanta, 75-64, and closed out the Dream in the third game of their best-of-three series in the Eastern Conference semifinals.-Top-