Charlotte 75, Indiana 65
Sting Beat Fever for First Winning Streak of Season
CHARLOTTE, N.C., July 15 (Ticker) -- The Charlotte Sting have their first winning streak of the season, riding 17 points from All-Star Tangela Smith to a 75-65 victory over the Indiana Fever.
The Sting (5-16), who entered the All-Star break with the WNBA's worst record, have opened the second half of the season with two impressive wins.
Tammy Sutton-Brown added 13 points and nine rebounds for Charlotte, which has won consecutive games for the first time since August 23-25, 2005 and back-to-back home games for the first time since September 9-11, 2004.
Smith scored six points in a 17-2 run that closed the second quarter and gave Charlotte a 39-24 halftime lead. The Sting used an 8-2 burst in the third period to extend their advantage to a commanding 47-26.
The Fever closed to 58-54 on a jumper by Tan White with 6:53 remaining. But the Sting responded with a 10-2 spurt capped by Helen Darling's jumper that made it 68-56 with 3:44 to go.
The Sting appear to have the Fever's number. They improved to 2-1 this season, with the only loss coming in overtime.
All-Stars Tamika Catchings and Tamika Whitmore scored 17 points apiece for Indiana, which dropped to 6-7 on the road. White added 13 points off the bench for the Fever, who shot a dismal 32 percent (19-of-59) from the field.
Next Games: The Indiana Fever host the Houston Comets on Sunday, July 16 at 6 p.m. ET and the Charlotte Sting play at the Detroit Shock on Wednesday, July 19 at 12 p.m. ET.