Fever Leads Early, Often In Thumping Of Chicago

STAR OF THE GAME
TAMIKA WHITMORE
Whitmore finished with a game-high 17 points, shooting 7-of-9 from the field in only 26 minutes on the floor. It was the third consecutive game Whitmore was Indiana’s leading scorer.
UNSUNG HERO
TAN WHITE
White had 10 points off the bench for Indiana. It was the fourth time this season White scored in double figures as a reserve.
QUOTABLE
BRIAN WINTERS
In general:
“Our defense was very good early. We got some steals. We got to run. We had some good dribble drives and made baskets in transition. We wanted to get off to a good start. I wanted to play the bench more tonight and was able to do that so we didn’t burn people out.

"We played seven road games so far and our next three are on the road. We’re just going to take those games one at a time. We pressed some in the second half. I was not real pleased with that, as we missed some lay-ups and had some turnovers.”

TAMIKA CATCHINGS
In general:
“We came out very focused. We wanted to jump on them right away. They came out and were a scrappy team ready to play for 40 minutes. Defensively, we were not good on the boards tonight. Even though we won, we have to look at some of the negative things that we got away with. We need to continue to carry the intensity.”
HIDDEN NUMBERS
Points in the paint:
Sky 28, Fever 34
Second-chance points:
Sky 20, Fever 11
Fast-break points:
Sky 4, Fever 14
Points off turnovers:
Sky 15, Fever 19
Starters scoring:
Sky 25, Fever 53
Bench scoring:
Sky 30, Fever 24
GAME REPORT
Fever 77, Sky 55
June 21, 2006 at Conseco Fieldhouse (Indianapolis, Ind.)
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Team Record 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Chicago 1-11 6 15 16 18 55
at Indiana 9-4 31 16 15 15 77

INDIANAPOLIS – The Fever scored the first six points of the game and never looked back in a lopsided 77-55 toppling of the visiting Chicago Sky in Conseco Fieldhouse on Wednesday. Maintaining better than a 20-point advantage throughout, Indiana never trailed in the game before winning by its largest margin this season.

Wednesday was the second time this season that the Fever held its opponent to under 60 points. Indiana allowed a season-low 53 points in San Antonio on May 23. The win, which kept the Fever undefeated at home, improved Indiana’s record to 9-4, while Chicago fell to 1-11 this season.

Tamika Whitmore led Indiana with a game-high 17 points, shooting 7-of-9 from the field and 3-of-4 from the line. It was the third consecutive game that Whitmore, who is having her best season as a pro, was the Fever’s leading scorer. A seven-year WNBA veteran, entering tonight's game Whitmore boasted career-high per-game averages in points (16.0), rebounds (4.5), assists (2.1) and steals (1.42) thus far during her first season with the Fever.

Amanda Lassiter had 10 points for Chicago, which dropped its 11th consecutive game. Candice Dupree followed Lassiter with 9 points on 4-of-7 shooting.

The Fever had its best first quarter of the season, scoring a season-high 31 points and allowing a season-low six points in the period. Indiana shot a blistering 72.2 percent from the field on its way to a commanding first quarter lead. Conversely, Chicago struggled, hitting just 20 percent of its first quarter shot attempts.

A Tamika Catchings break-away lay-up gave Indiana its largest lead of the half at 35-8 early in the second quarter. Chicago, though, would put together a 9-0 run to pull to within 16 of Indiana, 37-21, with 2:07 left in the first half. The Fever responded by scoring the final ten points of the quarter to take a 47-21 lead at the half. Ten of Indiana’s second quarter points came at the line, with the club hitting on all ten of its attempts.

Indiana continued its domination in the second half, leading by as many as 28 in the fourth quarter. Following a fast-break lay-up from Anna DeForge, La’Tangela Atkinson would drop a 12-foot jumper to extent the Fever’s lead to 67-39.


Notes:
  • Dating back to last season, the Fever has won eight straight regular season home games, tying the second longest home streak in franchise history.
  • With its win tonight, the Fever is the first WNBA team this season to reach nine wins. The L.A. Sparks and Houston Comets play later tonight and the winner of that game will also have nine wins. If Houston wins that game at L.A., the Fever, the Comets and the Sparks will be just percentage points behind the Connecticut Sun (8-3) for the best record in the WNBA.
  • With her one steal tonight, Tamika Catchings has achieved 350 steals in her WNBA career, becoming the 10th player in league history to reach that mark and the fastest (145 games) in league history to that mark.
  • The Fever's 31 points in the first period mark the second most scored by the Fever in any quarter this season. Indiana scored 32 points in the second quarter vs. New York, 5/30.
  • Chicago tied a Fever opponent franchise record with 20 offensive rebounds tonight and outrebounded the Fever, overall, 34-26. The Fever's 26 total rebounds represents its lowest total of the season.
  • Indiana's 49.2 percent FG represents its second best effort of the season and the Fever is now 4-1 this season when shooting 45+ percent from the floor.
  • The Fever has forced its opponent into 20+ turnovers four times this season, including the Sky's 21 turnovers tonight, tying Chicago's most turnovers in 2006.
  • The Fever's 12 steals against the Sky represent the sixth game of double-digit thefts for Indiana in 2006. Indiana entered tonight's game with an average of 9.4 spg, third best in the WNBA.
  • Tamika Whitmore's missed free throw in the first quarter ended her string of foul shots at 19 in a row.
  • The Sky's 32.4 percent shooting from the floor is the lowest by any Fever foe this season, topping the 32.9 percent FG by the Sky at Chicago, 5/26.
  • Chicago's six points in the first period are the second fewest allowed by Indiana in any period this season. The Silver Stars scored just five points in the second period at San Antonio, 5/23.
  • Tonight’s game with Chicago began a stretch of six games in 11 days for the Fever, including three games in five days as part of a coast-to-coast road trip.
  • In the next ten days the Fever will face three Eastern Conference title contenders in three consecutive games, playing at Washington (6/27), versus Detroit (6/29) and versus Connecticut (7/1).


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