Fever Dominate Shock, Deal Champs First Loss of Season

Indiana 77, Detroit 67

AUBURN HILLS, Mich., June 16 (AP) -- Tamika Catchings had 26 points and 14 rebounds, and Tammy Sutton-Brown added 17 points, as the Indiana Fever ended the Detroit Shock's perfect start with a 77-67 win Saturday night.

The loss dropped the Shock to 7-1 and prevented them from tying the Los Angeles Sparks' league record of nine straight wins to start a season.

"Detroit has set the standard lately and they are the champions,'' Indiana coach Brian Winters said. "It's good to see us come here in a get a win, especially after a bad loss last night.''

Catchings was 5-of-10 from the floor, and hit 14 of her season-high 16 free-throw attempts for Indiana (9-2).

K.B. Sharp had 13 points off the bench, including three 3-pointers. She entered the game with only one 3-pointer this season.

Deanna Nolan and Katie Feenstra had 14 points each for Detroit, which was missing Cheryl Ford (knee) and didn't get a single first-half point from either Katie Smith or Kara Braxton due to foul trouble.

"Indiana wanted this game more than we did,'' Detroit coach Bill Laimbeer said. "It is simple as that.''

Ford is listed as day-to-day.

The Fever built a 37-28 halftime advantage, and when Braxton picked up her fourth foul in the opening moments of the third quarter, Indiana appeared to be in complete control.

A 13-3 run helped Detroit pull within 55-47 late in the period, but Braxton's fifth foul ended the rally.

"We knew they were going to come out hard in the second half - they are so strong,'' Sutton-Brown said. "We just needed to refocus and get back on track.''

Indiana led by as many as 20 in the fourth.

"It's disappointing that we played this poorly today after barely getting out of here with a win last night,'' Smith said. "Not only did they outplay us, they outworked us, and that shouldn't be happening. We need to hold ourselves and each other responsible for this.''

Fever 77, Shock 67
Tamika Catchings had another strong all-around effort as the Fever dealt the Shock their first loss.