Indiana 69, Chicago 64
Fever Shut Down Sky for Third Time This Season
CHICAGO, July 30, 2006 (Ticker) -- In the third quarter, the Indiana Fever gave the Chicago Sky the third degree.
The Fever limited the Sky to eight points in the third period and received 20 points and nine rebounds from Tamika Catchings in a 69-64 victory.
Holding a 38-35 halftime lead, the Fever limited the Sky to 3-of-13 shooting and forced five turnovers in the third quarter. Chicago did not score after rookie Candice Dupree's jumper cut the deficit to 44-43 at the 6:50 mark.
Indiana took a 52-43 lead into the final period and widened the margin to 59-43 on a free throw by Tan White with 8:32 to go. Chicago finally ended its drought on a basket by Chelsea Newton with 6:54 remaining but got no closer than four points thereafter.
Ebony Hoffman scored nine points and Tamika Whitmore added eight for the Fever, who held a 36-27 rebounding advantage.
Dupree scored a season-high 25 points and Amanda Lassiter added 18 for the Sky, who closed the first half with a 13-0 run after trailing by as many as 16 points. Chicago has lost nine of its last 10 games.
The teams meet again August 13.