Mercury Rallies Past Fever

STAR OF THE GAME
Tan White
In her first start of the season, Tan White scored a season-high 25 points against Phoenix. She went 2-for-2 from the free throw line and also added two steals.
UNSUNG HERO
Tammy Sutton-Brown
Tammy Sutton-Brown tallied 14 points against the Mercury, making 10 of her 12 free throws. She also totaled nine rebounds and two blocked shots for the Fever.
QUOTABLE
Tammy Sutton-Brown
On rebounding from the loss:
"Right now we’re trying to rebound from our last five losses. We just have to keep sticking together. I thought we played a lot better today."

On playing without Tamika Catchings:
"Catch is a great player, but we have a lot of depth and a lot of good players on this team. We believe in ourselves, but we have to make some adjustments. She does so many things. We just have to learn how to win games without her."

Brian Winters
In General:
"We had a lot of opportunities, we just couldn’t get some of our shots to go. I thought my team played well. We got better tonight – better than in our last game. We played together and we had a chance to beat a very good basketball team."

On things the Fever did well:
"We moved the ball well against their zone, and I thought our defense was solid. We didn’t allow a lot of transition points. I don’t have a lot to complain about, but we still have to figure out how to win these games."

HIDDEN NUMBERS
Points in the paint:
Fever 22, Mercury 20
Second-chance points:
Fever 15, Mercury 15
Fast-break points:
Fever 4, Mercury 6
Points off turnovers:
Fever 17, Mercury 12
Starters scoring:
Fever 56, Mercury 72
Bench scoring:
Fever 19, Mercury 8
GAME REPORT
Mercury 80, Fever 75
July 29, 2007 US Airways Center (Phoenix, AZ)
Box Score | WNBA Recap

Team Record 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Indiana 16-10 20 14 14 27 75
at Phoenix 16-10 16 16 23 25 80

PHOENIX Tangela Smith had 18 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Phoenix Mercury to an 80-75 victory over the Indiana Fever on Sunday.

Phoenix (16-10) outscored Indiana 14-9 in the final 2 minutes to win its fourth in a row and hand the Fever (16-10) their six straight loss.

Diana Taurasi hit a 3-pointer to give the Mercury the lead for good and had five of her 16 points in the final run. Cappie Pondexter had 21 points, including four free throws in the final minute.

Tan White had 25 points, including five 3s, for the Fever, who fell four games behind first-place Detroit in the Eastern Conference. Tammy Sutton-Brown added 14 points and nine rebounds for Indiana, who was without leading scorer and rebounder Tamika Catchings, who missed her fifth game with a partially torn plantar fascia in her left foot.

Phoenix made their last 10 free throws in the final 1:06 to secure the victory.

Taurasi hit a 16-footer with 1:21 left to give the Mercury a 71-67 lead and Tully Bevilaqua missed a 3 and Indiana never got closer.

Phoenix went on a 12-3 run in the third quarter to take a 50-42 lead with 3:27 left and after Pondexters jumper from the top of key with 8:45 remaining gave Phoenix a 58-48 advantage.

However, Indiana scored 14 straight points to regain the advantage before Smith's 3 with 3:07 left tied the score at 64.

The WNBAs two best shooting teams combined to make just 35.2 percent of their shots. The teams combined to shoot 31 percent from the field in the first half as the Fever took a 34-32 lead.

  • Game was tied at 66 before Diana Taurasi’s deep 3-pointer gave the Mercury the lead for good.
  • Anna DeForge’s 3-pointer with :38.8 seconds to play brought the Fever within 75-72, but Indiana never got closer. Phoenix scored the game’s next five points on free throws before Tan White hit a 3-point shot with 1.3 seconds remaining.
  • Tan White and Ebony Hoffman replaced Sheri Sam and Tamika Whitmore in tonight’s starting lineup.
  • In her first start of the season, White scored a season-high 25 points.

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