Feverís Energy Overpowers Undefeated Detroit

STAR OF THE GAME
Tamika Catchings
Catchings contributed across the board for the Fever adding 26 points, 14 rebounds, five steals and two assists tying her own franchise record of three consecutive double-doubles.
UNSUNG HERO
K.B. Sharp
Off the bench K.B. Sharp executed at the right time for the Fever. Sharp added a Fever career-high 13 points to put the game away against Detroit.
QUOTABLE
Tamika Catchings
On the importance of defense:
"Our transition defense against Phoenix last night was terrible. We came out tonight expecting to rededicate ourselves to playing defense."

Brian Winters
On the plan to beat Detroit:
"Both teams were on the second night of a back-to-back, and we caught a break when they announced that [Cheryl] Ford wouldn't play. We had planned to mix our defenses, which we did, and we hit some big shots. We got some great production off the bench from K.B. Sharp."

HIDDEN NUMBERS
Points in the paint:
Fever 20, Shock 32
Second-chance points:
Fever 12, Shock 18
Fast-break points:
Fever 8, Shock 8
Points off turnovers:
Fever 21, Shock 17
Starters scoring:
Fever 55, Shock 34
Bench scoring:
Fever 22, Shock 33
GAME REPORT
Fever 77, Shock 67
June 16, 2007 at The Palace of Auburn Hills (Auburn Hills, MI)
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Team Record 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Indiana 9-2 23 14 21 19 77
at Detroit 7-1 13 15 19 20 67

AUBURN HILLS, Mich.(AP) Tamika Catchings had 26 points and 14 rebounds and Tammy Sutton-Brown added 17 points as the Indiana Fever ended the Detroit Shock's perfect start with a 77-67 win Saturday night.

The loss dropped the Shock to 7-1 and prevented them from tying the Los Angeles Sparks' league record of nine straight wins to start a season.

Catchings was 5-of-10 from the floor, and hit 14 of her season-high 16 free-throw attempts for Indiana (9-2).

K.B. Sharp had 13 points off the bench, including three 3-pointers. She entered the game with only one 3-pointer this season.

Deanna Nolan and Katie Feenstra had 14 points each for Detroit, but no other player reached double figures.

Detroit was missing Cheryl Ford (knee) and didn't get a single first-half point from either Katie Smith or Kara Braxton due to foul trouble.

That helped the Fever build a 37-28 halftime advantage, and when Braxton picked up her fourth foul in the opening moments of the third quarter, Indiana appeared to be in complete control.

A 13-3 run helped Detroit pull within 55-47 late in the period, but Braxton's fifth foul ended the rally.

Indiana led by as many as 20 in the fourth.