Connecticut 71, Indiana 63
Sun Win 12th Straight, Clinch Best Record
INDIANAPOLIS, August 9, 2006 (Ticker) -- Thanks to Asjha Jones, the Connecticut Sun will enjoy the comforts of home in the postseason.
Jones scored six of her 21 points in a pivotal third-quarter surge and added a key basket down the stretch as the Sun won their 12th straight game, a 71-63 victory over the Indiana Fever.
Katie Douglas scored 16 points and Taj McWilliams-Franklin added 14 for the Sun (26-6), who matched the third-longest winning streak in league history and clinched home-court advantage throughout the WNBA playoffs.
In the last two years, the Sun lost the decisive game of the WNBA Finals on the road. This year, they are assured of that game being in Mohegan Sun Arena, where they are a league-best 14-2.
A 3-pointer by Anna DeForge gave Indiana a 48-43 lead with 5:56 remaining in the third period before Connecticut closed the quarter with a 13-4 surge featuring six points by Jones. The Sun held a 56-52 advantage entering the final period and never gave up the lead.
The Fever closed to 63-61 on two free throws by Tamika Catchings with 3:44 to play, but Douglas and Jones responded with baskets. It was at least a two-possession game thereafter.
Tamika Whitmore scored 16 points, Catchings added 14, 12 boards and six steals and DeForge scored 12 points for the Fever (20-12), who shot just 39 percent (23-of-59) from the field and dropped to 0-2 vs. the Sun this season.
Playoff-bound Indiana fell 1 1/2 games behind Detroit (21-10) in the race for second place in the East and home-court advantage in the first round of the postseason.