Balanced Scoring Lifts Fever To Third Win In A Row
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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.
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