By Mike Slane

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San Antonio's Sophia Young poured in a franchise playoff-record 26 points as the Silver Stars advanced to the West Finals with an 80-78 home triumph over the Monarchs in Game 3 on Monday. Alissa Hollimon/NBAE/Getty Images
Fever Rally From 22 Down to Advance to East Finals

Catchings Records Third Straight Double-Double: Trailing by as many as 22 points in the first half, the Indiana Fever's season appeared to be slipping away. They ended the half shooting only 31 percent from the floor, and their leading scorer had just six points. But despite their poor play, Tamika Catchings and the Fever never lost their confidence. Indiana outscored Connecticut by 12 in the fourth quarter to complete the WNBA's biggest playoff comeback before holding on for 93-88 overtime win in Game 3 on Monday to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals. "We did a great job as far as chipping, chipping, chipping,'' said Catchings, who recorded her third straight double-double with 30 points and 13 rebounds. "That's one thing coach talked about. We're not going to get 22 points in one possession.'' Indiana took its first lead after the deficit with 2:30 remaining in the fourth. The teams exchanged baskets until the final second when the Sun's Katie Douglas made the game-tying basket to force the extra period. Catchings, who missed the final 13 games of the regular season with an injured left foot, hit a 3-pointer with 31 seconds left to give the Fever a three-point lead and helped seal the amazing comeback with three free throws in the final seconds. The previous largest deficit overcome was 21 points by Minnesota in a 74-72 win on Aug. 28, 2003 against Los Angeles.

Hammon Delivers Silver Stars Game 3 Win: Becky Hammon showed why she is an MVP candidate on Monday night. With the score tied and the clock ticking towards overtime, Hammon found an open Vickie Johnson for an easy layup with 0.5 seconds left to give San Antonio an 80-78 Game 3 victory over the visiting Monarchs. "We either wanted to take the last shot or go into overtime," said Hammon, who finished with 22 points and seven assists. "Luckily, I found my good friend Vickie Johnson." The Silver Stars advance to the Western Conference Finals for the first time since moving to San Antonio. They will meet the top-seeded Phoenix Mercury, who swept the Seattle Storm, on Thursday. Sacramento, which was led by Nicole Powell's 20 points, recovered from a 20-point deficit to take a late fourth-quarter lead but was unable to keep its streak of two straight appearances in the WNBA Finals alive.
"Y'all quiet over here today.''

-- Connecticut's Katie Douglas, who scored 27, yelled to the crowd in Indiana before the Sun eventually lost a 22-point lead and the game on Monday night..

Sophia Young, Silver Stars
26 pts, 10-15 FG, 6-9 3 FT
80-78 win vs. Monarchs

Nicole Powell, Monarchs
20 pts, 9-13 FG, 2-4 3-pt FG
80-78 loss at Silver Stars

Sheri Sam, Fever
14 pts, 6-7 FG, 2-2 3-pt FG
93-88 OT win vs. Sun

Tully Bevilaqua, Fever
1-7 FG, 1-6 3-pt FG, 3 pts
93-88 OT win vs. Sun

Yolanda Griffith, Monarchs
4-11 FG, 10 pts
80-78 loss at Silver Stars

Tammy Sutton-Brown, Fever
1-5 FG, 4 pts
93-88 OT win vs. Sun

Tuesday's Games ...

  • Liberty at Shock, 7 p.m. ET (ESPN2)
  • Ford