Balanced Scoring Lifts Fever To Third Win In A Row

STAR OF THE GAME
TAN WHITE
White came off the bench to finish with a team-high 14 points on 5-of-9 shooting. She also added five rebounds and three assists to lead the Fever to a 3-0 mark for the second consecutive year.
UNSUNG HERO
LINDA FROHLICH
Fröhlich finished with 10 points and three rebounds in only 10 minutes on the floor. She netted back-to-back 3’s late in the second quarter as the Fever began to build a lead.
QUOTABLE
BRIAN WINTERS
In general:
"I think we're a good team, and we have improved overall. We're a little quicker, a little longer and I think we'll continue to get better."

"We guard people and we rebound. That's what we do. But in the first half, I didn't think we handled the boards as well as we should. [Chicago] outscored us 14-0 on second-chance points in the first half and that was what we talked about in the locker room. We had a really good second half, though, and I think it began with our rebounding."

HIDDEN NUMBERS
Points in the paint:
Fever 32, Sky 26
Second-chance points:
Fever 14, Sky 21
Fast-break points:
Fever 11, Sky 6
Points off turnovers:
Fever 20, Sky 12
Starters scoring:
Fever 45, Sky 27
Bench scoring:
Fever 30, Sky 33
GAME REPORT
Fever 75, Sky 60
May 26, 2006 at the UIC Pavilion (Chicago, IL)
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Team Record 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Indiana 3-0 17 21 18 19 75
at Chicago 1-2 16 18 8 18 60

CHICAGO – For the second year in a row, the Fever has opened their season with three consecutive wins. On Friday, Indiana had five players score in double figures on its way to a 75-60 victory over the expansion Chicago Sky at the UIC Pavilion. The win improved Indiana’s record to 3-0 this season and 2-0 on the road. The Fever’s 75 points scored was the highest total of the season.

Reserve guard Tan White led the Fever’s scoring attack with a season-high 14 points, shooting 5-of-9 from the floor and 4-of-4 from the line. Also finishing in double figures was Tamika Catchings who had 11, and Anna DeForge, Tamika Whitmore and Linda Fröhlich, all who had 10 in the game.

Chicago’s Jia Perkins led all scorers with 16 off the Sky's bench. Candice Dupree followed Perkins with 11 points and five rebounds for the Sky who fell to 1-2 on the season.

The Fever got a lift off the bench from a pair of reserves in White and Fröhlich in what was an evenly-contested first half. White came off the bench late in the opening period to score six consecutive Indiana points, before Fröhlich caught fire in the second quarter. Fröhlich, who hadn’t played in the first two games of the season by coach’s decision, scored 10 points in the second quarter alone, including back-to-back 3’s in just six minutes on the floor. Chicago kept pace with Indiana by out-rebounding the Fever 19-11 in the first half. Indiana, though, never trailed in the second quarter and led 38-34 at halftime.

The Fever began to build a lead in the second half by going on a 9-0 run late in the third quarter, including six points in a row from Whitmore. Anna DeForge’s 3-pointer then gave Indiana its first double-digit lead of the game, 49-38, with 3:44 left in the third quarter. The Fever would go on to outscore the Sky 18-8 in the third to lead by 14 heading into the fourth quarter.

After being out-rebounded in the first half, the Fever dominated the glass in the second half, besting the Sky on the boards 33-15. Indiana used a 13-2 run late in the game to blow open what had been a close game.


Notes:
  • All-Star Balloting begins on May 27, with five Indiana players on the All-Star Ballot – Tully Bevilaqua, Tamika Catchings, Anna DeForge, Tan White and Tamika Whitmore. Fans can participate in voting for the 2006 All-Star Team, as well as voting for the WNBA All-Decade Team, by casting ballots on WNBA.com.
  • Two former Fever players are active on the Chicago roster. Nikki McCray helped the Fever to its first playoff appearance in 2002. Deanna Jackson helped Indiana to its appearance in the Eastern Conference Finals in 2005.
  • Tamika Catchings and Ebony Hoffman formerly called the UIC Pavilion their home during winter play in the WNBL, with the Chicago Blaze.
  • Fever coach Brian Winters and Sky boss Dave Cowens were teammates for one season with the Milwaukee Bucks, and later coached together with the Golden State Warriors. They also are the answer to a WNBA trivia question – they are the only WNBA coaches both to have played and coached in the NBA.


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