Catchings’ Return Sparks Fever To 83-70 Win Over Washington

STAR OF THE GAME
TAMIKA CATCHINGS
Making her return from a foot injury, Catchings finished with a season-high 26 points on 8-of-15 shooting. She also had 11 rebounds and four assists to earn her 39th career double-double.
UNSUNG HERO
TULLY BEVILAQUA
Bevilaqua scored a season-high 15 points, connecting on six of her seven shot attempts and finished with a season-high five rebounds. She netted 10 first quarter points as the Fever began to build a lead.
QUOTABLE
BRIAN WINTERS
In general:
“We had good balance on our team, tonight. Tully (Bevilaqua) got us going early. She gave us scoring and played aggressively. We got Tamika (Catchings) back. It’s tough when you lose your best player for a couple games. She had a terrific night. Both Tamika and Tully did a good job defensively on Alana Beard. We wanted to run with Washington and we did. We wanted to attack in the half court and we did. We drove to the basket and attacked their defense.”

TAMIKA CATCHINGS
On returning from injury:
“I think I’m 95% over the injury so I played through it a little bit tonight. I really wanted to focus on getting the team back on the winning side. My teammates were a big help with all their encouragement.”

HIDDEN NUMBERS
Points in the paint:
Mystics 24, Fever 36
Second-chance points:
Mystics 10, Fever 10
Fast-break points:
Mystics 4, Fever 7
Points off turnovers:
Mystics 14, Fever 21
Starters scoring:
Mystics 48, Fever 72
Bench scoring:
Mystics 22, Fever 11
GAME REPORT
Fever 83, Mystics 70
June 7, 2006 at Conseco Fieldhouse (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Box Score | WNBA Recap

Team Record 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Washington 4-2 22 16 16 16 70
at Indiana 5-2 25 20 21 17 83

INDIANAPOLIS – Making her return from a foot injury, Indiana’s Tamika Catchings played with a little bounce in her step on Wednesday. After missing two consecutive games, Catchings scored a season-high 26 points in propelling the Fever to an 83-70 victory over the visiting Washington Mystics in Conseco Fieldhouse. Catchings added 11 rebounds and four assists, registering her 39th career double-double. Her 26 points also tied a team-high in 2006. Tamika Whitmore scored 26 earlier this season.

The win snapped a two-game losing streak for the Fever, who improved its record to 5-2 this season. With the loss, Washington’s record fell to 4-2.

Tully Bevilauqa followed Catchings with a season-high 15 points and season-high five rebounds for Indiana. Ebony Hoffman controlled the middle, finishing with 12 point and six rebounds. While failing to score in double figures for the first time this season with eight, Whitmore tied a career-high and led the Fever with five assists. She and Catchings accounted for nine of the team's 11 assists. The Fever starters outscored the Mystics starting five 72-48.

Alana Beard led all Washington scorers with 18 on 6-of-16 shooting. Nikki Teasley finished with 12 points, while Nakia Sanford chipped in with 12 off the bench for the Mystics.

Both teams came out shooting the ball well in the first quarter. Indiana shot 56.3 percent from the field, while Washington made 53.3 percent of its shots to start the game. Leading by four points early, Washington’s Teasley netted a 3-pointer at the 4:07 mark of the first quarter to give the Mystics its largest lead of the game at seven, 20-13. The Fever, however, would go on to outscore the Mystics 12-2, including eight unanswered, to close out the quarter to take a 25-22 lead after one. The Fever got a lift offensively from an unlikely source with Bevilaqua scoring 10 first quarter points, including two 3-pointers to lead all scorers.

The second quarter saw Tan White come off the bench and provide her customary spark on the offensive end. She came on to score eight second quarter points as the Fever began to build a lead. Her 3-point play with 8:18 left in the quarter gave Indiana a six point lead, 30-24. The Fever would maintain its lead throughout the second quarter. Similar to the first quarter, Indiana closed out the period strong, outscoring Washington 10-4. A Catchings 3-pointer would give the Fever its largest lead of the half at 45-38.

Ebony Hoffman’s 3-point play early in the third quarter gave the Fever its first double-digit lead of the game, 50-40. Indiana went on to lead by as many as 18 points in the third. Washington, though, would go on an 8-0 run to cut the lead back down to 10 early in the fourth quarter. It was the closest Washington would get as Indiana cruised to its fifth win of the season.


Notes:
  • The Fever has started the season 5-2 for the first time ever and has started the season 3-0 at home for the second season in a row and the third time in seven WNBA campaigns.
  • The Fever joins Connecticut and Houston as the only teams in the WNBA with five wins. With its 5-2 mark, the Fever is just a half game behind the Sun for the best record in the WNBA.
  • Indiana has won four straight at Conseco Fieldhouse against the Mystics and all-time Indiana is 8-3 at home vs. Washington. Overall, the Fever has a 13-9 record against Washington and its 13 wins is its most against any WNBA opponent.
  • Tamika Catchings added 11 rebounds to her 26 points for her second double-double of the season. She has 39 double-doubles in her career, tying Cheryl Ford and Taj McWilliams-Franklin for seventh on the WNBA's all-time career double-doubles list.
  • Catchings also blocked three shots tonight, the most by any Fever player this season and just the third multi-blocks game by an Indiana player in 2006.
  • Tully Bevilaqua's 15 points are a season-high. After not reaching 10+ points in any of the first four games, Bevilaqua has scored in double figures in each of the last two. Bevilaqua's six field goals are one short of her most ever with the Fever.
  • Ebony Hoffman's 12 points tonight gives her 10+ points in three straight games, a career-high. Pending the L.A. Sparks' game vs. Detroit in STAPLES Center later tonight, Hoffman has taken the league lead in offensive rebounds with 26. She is one of just four players in the WNBA with at least 20 offensive rebounds this season.
  • Indiana had nine steals tonight, led by Anna DeForge's three. DeForge's three thefts ties her most this season. Indiana had four players with two or more steals.


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