|STAR OF THE GAME
Adding seven steals to her count, Catchings moved into third in WNBA career steals with 474. Catchings also added 16 points, seven rebounds and a career high 11 assists.
Bevilaqua contributed across the board in the win over the Sky supplying the Fever with 10 points, five rebounds, five assists and two steals.
“We got off to a good start tonight. Chicago played last night and had a tough game. We were able to get a good lead tonight. I had the opportunity to play everyone. We had good tempo tonight. We scored around the basket. We were able to push the ball up the floor.”
“Everybody came out focused on our team. We put on a show tonight. We were awesome on the defensive end and attacked on offense. Overall, our coaches were pleased by how well we played.”
Points in the paint:
Fever 30, Sky 16
Fever 9, Sky 6
Fever 21, Sky 12
Points off turnovers:
Fever 22, Sky 16
Fever 55, Sky 31
Fever 31, Sky 37
INDIANAPOLIS, July 8 (AP) -- Tamika Catchings had 16 points and a career-high 11 assists to lead the Indiana Fever to an 86-70 win over the Chicago Sky on Sunday night.
Catchings, an All-Star starter, also had seven rebounds and seven steals. She moved into third place in WNBA history in steals with 474, surpassing Nykesha Sales and Yolanda Griffith.
All-Star starter Anna DeForge and reserve Sheri Sam scored 14 points and Tammy Sutton-Brown added 13 for the Fever.
Reserve guard Cathy Joens led Chicago with 16 points. The Sky waived the rookie on May 24 and re-signed her on July 5. She scored 10 points in the first quarter, four more than she had scored in her brief WNBA career.
Candice Dupree had 13 points and nine rebounds for the Sky, but she shot 5-for-14 from the field.
Indiana (13-4) has the best record in the league with two games remaining before the All-Star break. Chicago (8-10) lost its second straight.
The Fever shot 49 percent from the field and held the Sky to 35 percent shooting.
Indiana led by 30 points in the third quarter and 70-49 at the end of the period.
Chicago's Stephanie Raymond made two 3-pointers early in the final quarter to cut Indiana's lead to 74-55 with seven minutes left, but the Fever held on.
Chicago didn't make a field goal for the first 3:19 of the game and the first 5:35 of the second quarter. Indiana led 38-26 in the second quarter, then closed the first half with a 12-0 run to lead 50-26 at the break. The Fever held the Sky to 28 percent shooting before halftime.
Including a career-high 11 assists, Tamika Catchings became the first player in WNBA history with at least seven points (16), rebounds (7), assists (11) and steals (7) in the same game.
With its win tonight, the Fever finishes off the first half of the season with a league-best 13-4 record, which is also the team's best mark ever after 17 games.
Tamika Catchings tied the franchise record for assists in a game with a game-high 11 tonight. That ties the most by any player in the WNBA this season, matching the figure established earlier this season by Sue Bird of Seattle. Bird has had 11 assists twice in 2007.
With 16 points and a game-high 11 assists, Catchings notched her sixth double-double of the season. With six double-doubles, she is tied with the Sky's Candice DuPree and Sacramento's Rebekah Brunson for second in the league.
Tully Bevilaqua's five assists tied her most this season.
Indiana's 29 points in the first quarter and 50 first-half points both tied their most in those periods in 2007.
With her WNBA season-high tying seven steals tonight, Catchings has 474 steals in her WNBA career, which is third best all-time.
With her two steals tonight, Tully Bevilaqua has moved into sole possession of 16th place on the WNBA's all-time career steals list. She is just two behind Andrea Stinson, who is 15th on the all-time list.
Having held the Sky to just 35.4 percent from the floor, Indiana has held a WNBA record 12 straight opponents to less than 40 percent from the field.
The Fever had six players score in double figures and that is just the second time in team history that six players have hit for 10+ points in the same game. The last time that Indiana had six players with 10+ points in the same game was vs. Cleveland, 8/4/00.
Playing in just her third WNBA game, the Sky's Cathy Joens led the team with 16 points.
With 86 points, the Fever have scored 80+ points seven times this season. In the previous three seasons (2004-06), the Fever scoring 80 or more points just 10 times, combined.
Anna DeForge's missed free throw in the second half was her first miss of the season, ending a run of 18 straight. However, DeForge scored a season-high 14 points, including 3-3 from behind the 3-pt arc. Her three 3-pt FG tied her most this season.
Sheri Sam's 14 points represented her second game of double figures this season and were one short of her season-best.
Ending a run of five straight DNP-CDs, Ann Strother made her fifth appearance of the season.
Allison Bales also ended five straight DNP-CDs with four points, a blocked shot and three rebounds in 10 minutes tonight. That was her fourth blocked shot of the season.
2007 Game Report Archive