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Catchings' 23 points, six rebounds and five assists were just what the Fever needed to beat the Comets. Catchings' free throws in the fourth quarter were vital to gaining the lead and holding on to it.
Sutton-Brown finished the game with 20 points, six rebounds and two blocked shots for the Fever. She scored 16 of her points in the first-half alone.
On the win in Houston:
"We came out a little sluggish in the first half. We played without much assertiveness. We talked at halftime about getting our energy up, offensively and defensively. I thought we played with a lot of poise down the stretch."
"I have a good team, good veteran players and a lot of depth. They've done a good job all year long, and when we've needed a big play in crucial situations, we've had different people step forward. No victories are easy in the WNBA, particularly on the road. It is especially comforting to have some adversity away from home and still get a victory. Our last two games on the road have been tough and tight. Hopefully, that's a good sign for us, and something that will help us later down the road."
Points in the paint:
Fever 34, Comets 30
Fever 10, Comets 18
Fever 10, Comets 4
Points off turnovers:
Fever 17, Comets 16
Fever 65, Comets 50
Fever 14, Comets 27
||Fever 79, Comets 77
July 10, 2007 Toyota Center (Houston, TX)|
Box Score | WNBA Recap
HOUSTON(AP) Tamika Catchings scored 23 points to lead the Indiana Fever to a 79-77 victory over the Houston Comets on Tuesday night.
Indiana (14-4) held Houston to 10 fourth quarter points as the Comets made only 4-of-16 field goals in the final period. It was Indiana's first win in Houston.
The Fever tied the score at 73 on Catchings' layup with 4:26 left. She hit two free throws with 3:34 to go to give Indiana a two-point lead. Tammy Sutton-Brown extended the advantage to 77-73 with 2:01 left.
Michelle Snow hit a jumper to close Houston (5-14) within two with 1:46 left. After Snow missed a jumper that would have tied the game, Tully Bevilaqua hit a driving layup with 53 seconds left to give Indiana a 79-75 lead.
After a Houston timeout, Snow made a fade away jumper from the free-throw line with 30 seconds remaining. Tamecka Dixon blocked a jumper by Tan White and then missed a last second half-court attempt.
Sutton-Brown added 20 points, and Whitmore netted 13 points for the Fever.
Latesha Byears led Houston with 15 points. Tina Thompson added 13 and Hamchetou Maiga-Ba and Dixon each added 12 points.
Fever 7-2 at home and on the road, and a WNBA-best 14-4 record. Final game before the All-Star break is Thursday (7:00 p.m.) vs. New York Liberty.
Fever win for first time ever at Houston, and have won four straight. At home on Thursday, the Fever will seek its first five-game win streak in franchise history.
After Houston shot 50% from the floor in the first half, Indiana limited the Comets to 31.4% in the second half. The Comets' 40.8% snapped the Fever's WNBA-record 12-game streak of holding opponents under 40% shooting.
2007 Game Report Archive