Indiana 91, New York 70
White, Whitmore Help Fever Remain Unbeaten
INDIANAPOLIS, May 30 (Ticker) -- Tamika Catchings had one of the worst games of her career. The Indiana Fever hardly noticed.
Tan White scored 25 points and Tamika Whitmore added 22 as the Fever easily overcame Catchings' stuggles and remained the league's lone unbeaten team with a 91-70 victory over the winless New York Liberty.
White, Whitmore and Anna DeForge more than picked up the slack. DeForge made 4-of-4 3-pointers, including three in the first quarter, when Indiana (4-0) took the lead for good.
Whitmore scored 13 points in the second period, helping the Fever break open the game. White scored 10 points in the second-quarter outburst, when Indiana built a 17-point lead before cruising to its fourth straight win.
DeForge scored 14 points for the Fever, who shot 45 percent (33-of-73) and held a 41-30 rebounding advantage.
Becky Hammon scored 20 points and Kelly Schumacher added 13 for the Liberty (0-3), who shot 41.5 percent (27-of-65) and remained the only winless team in the Eastern Conference.
White made two 3-pointers and scored 10 points in the first five minutes of the second period as Indiana increased a 19-16 lead to 35-22.
Whitmore, who spent her first five seasons with New York, scored Indiana's next six points. DeForge added another 3-pointer before a free throw by Catchings made it 45-26 with 2:36 before halftime. The Fever led by at least nine points thereafter.