Indiana 75, Sacramento 60
Fever Stop Monarchs’ Winning Streaks
INDIANAPOLIS, July 25 (Ticker) -- The streaking Sacramento Monarchs were stopped in their tracks by the Indiana Fever.
Tamika Whitmore scored 20 points and Tamika Catchings added 16 as the Fever ended three winning streaks by the Monarchs with a convincing 75-60 victory.
The Monarchs (16-9) arrived with unbeaten runs of seven games overall and four games on the road. In addition, the defending champions were 9-0 against the Eastern Conference this season.
Sacramento appeared as if it would extend those streaks as it opened a 37-30 lead on a pair of free throws by Ticha Penicheiro early in the third quarter. However, Indiana responded with a 15-2 run to take the lead for good.
Whitmore capped the balanced burst at 45-39 on two foul shots with 3:11 left. It was at least a two-possession game thereafter.
Indiana (16-9) held a 53-43 lead entering the final period and continued to pull away. The final margin represented the Fever's largest lead.
Tan White scored 12 points and fellow reserve La'Tangela Atkinson added 11 for the Fever, who shot 54.5 percent (24-of-44) from the field, the second-best mark in club history.
Reserve DeMya Walker scored 14 points but was the only player in double figures for the Monarchs, who shot under 35 percent (22-of-63) and were outrebounded, 33-21.
Next games: Sacramento continues its four-game road trip with a visit to Detroit on Wednesday. Indiana gets a few days off before hosting Washington on Saturday.