Feverís Energy Overpowers Undefeated Detroit
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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.