Fever Drops First Game At Home To Visiting Connecticut Sun

STAR OF THE GAME
TAMIKA CATCHINGS
Catchings led all Indiana scorers with 15 points in the game. She also finished with eight rebounds, three assists, three steals and three blocked shots.
UNSUNG HERO
ANNA DEFORGE
DeForge had 13 points, including a pair of 3’s, and seven rebounds for Indiana. It was DeForge’s three-point play early in the third quarter that re-gained the lead for the Fever as the club made its second half surge.
QUOTABLE
BRIAN WINTERS
In general:
“They played a soft man to man defense, which took away our driving lanes. We didn’t play well. They got to the free throw line more. I give Connecticut credit as they came off a back to back. Douglas (Katie) had a heck of a night. We got in foul trouble early. We were not as good as we needed to be.”

TAMIKA CATCHINGS
In general:
“I pretty much think we came out with the right mentality. They threw a defense at us we hadn’t really seen before. It was kind of a soft man to man that made everyone think they had open looks. But those looks don’t mean anything if they’re not going in."

"We didn’t take advantage of Dydek (Margo) being out of the game and Sales (Nykesha) not really playing very much.”

HIDDEN NUMBERS
Points in the paint:
Sun 32, Fever 22
Second-chance points:
Sun 5, Fever 11
Fast-break points:
Sun 6, Fever 9
Points off turnovers:
Sun 13, Fever 10
Starters scoring:
Sun 53, Fever 52
Bench scoring:
Sun 23, Fever 14
GAME REPORT
Sun 76, Fever 66
July 1, 2006 at Conseco Fieldhouse (Indianapolis, Ind.)
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Team Record 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Connecticut 12-5 17 18 18 23 76
at Indiana 12-6 17 15 16 18 66

INDIANAPOLIS – Not only was the Fever’s perfect record at home on the line, first place in the WNBA’s Eastern Conference was up for grabs Saturday night in Conseco Fieldhouse. And it was an Indiana native in Katie Douglas who made sure that the Fever not only lost its unblemished home record, but also lost control of first place in the East.

Douglas, a former star at Perry Meridian High School and standout at Purdue University, scored a game-high 22 points on 7-of-11 shooting to lead the Connecticut Sun to a 76-66 victory over the Fever. With the win, Connecticut improved its record to 12-5 and moved ˝ a game in front of Indiana and Detroit in the East standings. With the loss, Indiana fell to 12-6 this season and 7-1 at home.

Indiana was out-rebounded 38-32 in the game and shot just 35.1 percent from the floor. The Fever is now 2-5 this season when being out-rebounded by its opponent.

Tamika Catchings finished with 15 points, eight rebounds and three assists to lead Indiana. Anna DeForge followed Catchings with 13 points, including a pair of 3’s, and seven rebounds. Tamika Whitmore added 11, while reserve guard Tan White contributed 11 as well off the bench for Indiana.

Following Douglas’ 22 points, Taj McWilliams-Franklin had 11 points on 4-of-9 shooting and added seven rebounds for the Sun. Nykesha Sales, who entered the game as Connecticut’s second-leading scorer at 15.1 per, didn’t break the scoring column on 0-of-4 shooting including 0-of-2 from three-point range.

Trailing 22-20 early in the second quarter, the Fever would go on a 10-0 run to turn a two-point deficit into an eight-point lead. DeForge’s 17-foot jumper from the right wing gave Indiana its largest lead of the half at 30-22 with 4:01 left in the second. Connecticut, though, scored 13 of the game’s next 15 points before enjoying its largest lead of the half, leading Indiana 35-32 at intermission.

Douglas was the only player to reach double figures in the first half, leading all scorers with 11. Six of her first half points came via the charity stripe. Indiana shot just 35.9 percent from the field, including going 2-of-12 from three-point range.

Following an Indiana steal, Catchings converted a three-point play to pull the Fever to within one of the Sun before DeForge added a three-point play of her own moments later put Indiana back in front, 40-39 early in the third quarter. Once again, Conneciticut countered with a offensive surge, scoring seven unanswered to take its largest lead of the game, 47-40. The Sun led 53-48 after three.

The Sun went on a 13-4 run in the fourth quarter to break open what had been a close game. Douglas’ 3-pointer from the top of the key gave Connecticut an eight-point lead before Laura Summerton’s lay-up extended the Sun’s lead to 68-58, its largest lead of the game.


Notes:
  • Tonight's loss ends the Fever's seven game home-winning streak in 2006. Dating back to last season, Indiana had won 10 in a row, the second longest home winning streak in Fever history.
  • Connecticut has won three of the last four and nine of the last 11 vs. Indiana. All-time, the Sun is now 14-8 against the Fever, including the Suns days as the Orlando Miracle.
  • Lindsay Whalen's 10 points and 10 rebounds marked her first double-double of the season. Her 10 rebounds are a career-high.
  • Indiana's 88.9 percent shooting from the foul line was its second best effort of the season, but the Fever's nine attempts were a season-low.
  • While Indiana had a 12-6 edge on the offensive boards, the Sun outrebounded the Fever overall, 38-32.
  • The Fever had five fewer turnovers than the Sun, 10-15, but were outscored in points off turnovers by Connecticut, 13-10.
  • Connecticut tied a season-low with three steals.
  • Tamika Catchings had a game-high three blocked shots tonight, giving her a team-high 18 for the season. Catchings had 16 blocked shots in all of the 2005 season.
  • With her three tonight, Tully Bevilaqua needs just five steals to become the fifth player to ever have 100 steals in a Fever uniform.
  • Connecticut's 23 FTM and 28 FTA are both the most by any Fever opponent this season and they tie the most free throws made by the Sun in 2006.
  • Indiana has been outscored at the foul line just four times in 2006 and is 0-4 in those games.
  • Lindsay Whalen's 8-8 FT are the most free throws made without a miss by an opposing player against the Fever this season.
  • Three Fever players tied for the team lead with three assists apiece, including Ebony Hoffman whose three matched her most ever in the WNBA. She has had three assists four times in 2006.


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