Whitmore, Catchings Keep Fever Perfect At Home

CO-STAR OF THE GAME
TAMIKA WHITMORE
Whitmore scored a game and career-high 29 points, shooting 10-of-16 from the field and 8-of-8 from the line. She had 11 points in the final six minutes of the fourth quarter to erase a double-digit deficit.
CO-STAR OF THE GAME
TAMIKA CATCHINGS
Catchings stuffed the stat sheet, finishing with 27 points, 13 rebounds, six assists and a career-high five blocked shots. She and Whitmore teamed up to lift the Fever to its fifth consecutive home victory.
QUOTABLE
BRIAN WINTERS
In general:
“Charlotte seems to match up well against us. They had a bad start at the beginning of the season but they are becoming a good team. They are much better than people think. We are playing a lot of games right now. We have played the most road games of any team. This is a busy time for us and we’re not getting a lot of practice time.”

TAMIKA CATCHINGS
On fourth quarter mentality:
“Our defensive intensity increased. We got some defensive stops, which are key for us. It’s like we all saw the clock at the same time and knew we needed to refocus.”

HIDDEN NUMBERS
Points in the paint:
Sting 26, Fever 44
Second-chance points:
Sting 13, Fever 15
Fast-break points:
Sting 11, Fever 16
Points off turnovers:
Sting 13, Fever 17
Starters scoring:
Sting 56, Fever 85
Bench scoring:
Sting 29, Fever 7
GAME REPORT
Fever 92, Sting 85
June 18, 2006 at Conseco Fieldhouse (Indianapolis, Ind.)
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Team Record 1st 2nd 3rd 4th OT Final
Charlotte 2-7 13 26 20 21 5 85
at Indiana 8-4 20 22 15 23 12 92

INDIANAPOLIS – Trailing by ten with 6:20 remaining, the Fever appeared on the verge of dropping its first home game of the season. But then Tamika Whitmore took the game over. Whitmore scored all 11 of her fourth quarter points in the final six minutes of regulation to preserve Indiana’s perfect record at home in a 92-85 overtime thriller at Conseco Fieldhouse Sunday night.

Nursing a two-point lead with 1:35 left in the extra session, Tamika Catchings would sink a pair of free throws to extend Indiana’s lead to four at 88-84. Charlotte then had a pair of empty possessions before Tully Bevilaqua broke free for a lay-up to give Indiana a 90-84 lead with 27 seconds remaining. The Fever outscored the Sting 12-5 in overtime.

The win improved the Fever’s record to 8-4 on the season and a clean 5-0 at home. Sunday was the second time this week that the Fever played beyond regulation. Indiana won in overtime at New York on Tuesday.

Whitmore finished with a career-high 29 points while shooting 10-of-16 from the floor and 8-of-8 from the line. Catchings re-confirmed her status as arguably the best all-around player in the game with 27 points, including four 3-pointers, 13 rebounds, six assists and a career-high five blocked shots.

Tangela Smith led all Sting scorers with 18 in the game. Sheri Sam followed Smith with 14, while Kelly Mazzante contributed 13 off the bench for Charlotte, who fell to 2-7 this season.

Catchings and Whitmore led Indiana to an early advantage, scoring seven points apiece in the first quarter while shooting a combined 5-of-9 from the field. Tan White’s fast break layup at the 1:14 mark of the period gave the Fever its largest lead of the half at 17-8. The first quarter saw the Sting struggle offensively, shooting just 38.5 percent from the floor before trailing 20-13 after one.

Charlotte would outscore Indiana 9-2 to open the second quarter, knotting the score at 22. Allison Feaster’s 3-pointer pulled the Sting even for the first time since early in the first period. Charlotte improved its field goal percentage drastically in the second, hitting 10 of its 15 shot attempts (66.7 percent) to keep pace with Indiana, who hit 52.9 of its shot attempts in the second quarter.

The Fever’s lead was trimmed to just three at the half, 42-39, on a jumper from Monique Currie. Despite featuring undersized post players, the Fever dominated play inside, outscoring Charlotte 24-10 in the paint during the first half of play and 44-26 for the game.

Trailing 51-43 with 6:23 remaining in the third quarter, Charlotte used a 17-3 run to turn an eight point deficit into a five-point lead. Catchings, though, dropped her fourth 3-pointer of the game with 11 seconds left in the quarter to cut Charlotte’s lead down to two heading into the final period.

Indiana continued its surge late in an up-and-down fourth quarter. Catchings' turn-around jumper in the paint put Indiana in front, 80-78, with 27.6 seconds left. A Smith running bankshot then tied the game at 80 with just 21.7 remaining. On the final play of regulation, Catchings dribbled down the clock and drove to her right, but stumbled losing control of the ball. She was able to get the ball to Anna DeForge who’s jumper was off the mark, sending the game to overtime.


Notes:
  • With their 8-4 record, the Fever is now in a virtual three-way tie for first place in the Eastern Conference. With a mark of 8-4, the Fever is mere percentage points behind the Connecticut Sun and Washington Mystics, which are both 7-3.
  • With Tamika Whitmore scoring 29 points tonight and Tamika Catchings adding 27, it was the closest a Fever tandem has been to scoring 30 apiece in the same game.
  • Indiana's 92 points are its most ever in Conseco Fieldhouse and tie the second most it has ever scored in a WNBA game.
  • Tonight marks the 12th time in Fever history, and the second time this season, that Fever teammates have scored 20+ points in the same game. Tamika Catchings has been involved in all but one of those 12 games.
  • With Anna DeForge and Tamika Catchings each tying their season-high in assists with six apiece, the Fever handed out a season-high 21 assists tonight as a team.
  • After starting the game 6-11 from the foul line, the Fever did not miss a foul shot (15-15) the rest of the game.
  • Indiana registered a season-high eight blocked shots, including a career-high five blocks by Tamika Catchings. Five blocks ties the Fever single-game record.
  • With 27 points and a game-high 13 rebounds, Tamika Catchings posted the 40th double-double of her career. She is the ninth player in WNBA history to reach that mark.
  • Catchings' six offensive rebounds tonight are her season-best and tied the most by any Fever player this season.
  • Catchings had just one steal tonight, leaving her one away from hitting the 350-steals mark for her career.
  • Catchings' 27 points tonight featured four 3-pt FG, tying the most by any Fever player this season.
  • Since missing a free throw midway through the third period at New York, 6/13, Tamika Whitmore has made 19 straight free throws, including 8-8 in each of the last two games.
  • After being outscored, 36-14, in the paint by the Detroit Shock, 6/16, the Fever outscored Charlotte, 44-26, in the paint tonight. 44 points is the most points in the paint for the Fever this season and is just the second 40-point game for Indiana in the paint this season.
  • Kelly Mazzante's 13 points tonight tied her most this season.
  • Rookie Monique Currie led the Sting with five assists, a season-high.
  • While the Sting had four fewer turnovers, it allowed Indiana more points off turnovers (17) than it scored (13).
  • Charlotte's five points in overtime was one off the fewest ever scored by a Fever opponent in an overtime session.
  • Indiana is now 3-1 when shooting 45+ percent from the floor.


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