Catchings Puts On Show In New York City

STAR OF THE GAME
TAMIKA CATCHINGS
Catchings had her best game thus far in 2006, scoring a season-high 30 points while shooting 10-of-19 from the field and 7-of-10 from the line. Her last-second shot with less and one second left in overtime lifted the Fever to its seventh win of the season.
UNSUNG HERO
TULLY BEVILAQUA
Bevilaqua finished with 13 points and a season-high three steals in the game. Her pair of steals in the final minute of regulation helped the Fever extend the game into overtime.
QUOTABLE
BRIAN WINTERS
In general:
“It was a gut-check win. We got the deficit to a manageable level at halftime, and it was nip-and-tuck the whole second half. Our toughness showed in the OT. We got behind by five, but we didn’t quit, and we made a lot of big plays to win it.”

On coming from behind:
“What we tried to do was just the cut the lead in half, one basket at a time.”

TAMIKA CATCHINGS
On trailing early:
“Yeah, I was concerned, even a little upset that we didn’t come out with the right energy and intensity. The whole second half was back and forth. We knew what we had to do to win, and fortunately we were able to execute when it counted.”

HIDDEN NUMBERS
Points in the paint:
Fever 22, New York 36
Second-chance points:
Fever 2, New York 6
Fast-break points:
Fever 5, New York 7
Points off turnovers:
Fever 23, New York 18
Starters scoring:
Fever 62, New York 56
Bench scoring:
Fever 18, New York 22
GAME REPORT
Fever 80, Liberty 78
June 13, 2006 at Madison Square Garden (New York, NY)
Box Score | WNBA Recap

Team Record 1st 2nd 3rd 4th OT Final
Indiana 7-3 8 25 22 10 15 80
at New York 2-7 20 18 13 14 13 78

NEW YORK – After being named to the WNBA’s All-Decade Team earlier in the evening, Indiana’s Tamika Catchings earned her stripes on the floor Tuesday, dropping a season-high 30 points including the game-winner with 0.1 of a second on the clock. Catchings’ 15-foot jumper on the game’s final possession gave the Fever an 80-78 overtime victory over the New York Liberty in Madison Square Garden.

Trailing by one with 15.4 seconds left in the extra session, Catchings was fouled by New York’s Ashley Battle before the ball was in play. The result of the dead ball foul was a free throw for Catchings, which she converted, and possession for Indiana. The Liberty’s defensive miscue set up Catchings’ heroics on the final play.

Catchings finished with a game-high 30 points, shooting 10-of-19 from the floor and 7-of-10 from the foul line. She also added nine rebounds, three assists and three steals to lead the Fever to its seventh win of the season. Point guard Tully Bevilaqua followed Catchings with 13 points and a season-high three steals. Charlotte Smith contributed a season-high 10 points off the bench for the Fever.

Becky Hammon led all New York scorers with 17 points in the game. Former Fever center Kelly Schumacher had a season-high 16 points and six rebounds for the Liberty.

New York jumped on Indiana early, racing out to a quick 12-2 advantage. Schumacher scored eight of New York’s first 10 points in the game, however had to sit down early after picking up her second foul at the 4:32 mark of the opening period. The Fever turned the ball over six times and shot just 3-of-11 from the floor before trailing by 12, 20-8, after one.

Down 26-13 midway through the second quarter, the Fever would go on a 10-2 run, including back-to-back 3-pointers from Smith and Catchings. Following Catchings’ 3-ball, Smith netted a jumper to cut New York’s lead down to five, 28-23.

With New York back in front by double-digits, Indiana scored six consecutive points, capped off by a Catchings 3-pointer with 3.3 seconds on the clock to trim the Liberty’s lead back down to five at the half.

Indiana outscored New York 9-2 to open the third quarter, including seven in a row from Catchings. Ebony Hoffman’s bucket then gave the Fever its first lead of the game, 42-40. Indiana led by as many eight points in the fourth quarter, but couldn’t hold off the Liberty down the stretch. New York went on a 5-0 run to close out regulation, including a pair of free throws from Lori Moore with 28.2 seconds left to send the game into overtime.


Notes:
  • The Fever has won three of its last four games, and snapped a three-game road losing streak. New York has lost three of four, and played at home for just the third time in nine games.
  • The Fever has won four of its last five games at Madison Square Garden, and 5-of-6 counting last season’s first-round playoff win.
  • Indiana surrendered a 20-8 single-quarter deficit for the second straight road game. After jumping to a 19-9 lead at Charlotte last Friday, the Sting outscored the Fever 20-8 in the second period.
  • Committing an uncharacteristic 15 or more turnovers in five straight games entering the contest, Indiana had 10 by halftime.
  • All-Star forward Tamika Catchings was named to the WNBA All-Decade Team on Tuesday night. One of 10 players named to the team to commemorate the WNBA’s 10th Anniversary, Catchings was chosen from among 30 nominees by fans, a panel of national and W NBA-market media and the league’s current players and coaches. The All-Decade Team honors those players who have contributed the most to the overall success of the WNBA. Joining Catchings on the All-Decade team are, in alphabetical order: Sue Bird (Seattle), Cynthia Cooper (Houston), Yolanda Griffith (Sacramento), Lauren Jackson (Seattle), Lisa Leslie (Los Angeles), Katie Smith (Detroit, Minnesota), Dawn Staley (Houston, Charlotte), Sheryl Swoopes (Houston) and Tina Thompson (Houston).
  • Indiana continues a 12-game stretch in a span of just 25 days, during which it will play or travel on all but three of those days (June 19, 20, 30). The Fever also begins a stretch with 5-of-7 games on the road – Indiana travels to Detroit on Friday. The Fever returns to Conseco Fieldhouse for a Father’s Day game against the Charlotte Sting, June 18 (6:00 p.m.).


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