Fever Defeat Sky In Double Overtime

STAR OF THE GAME
Tully Bevilaqua
Bevilaqua scored 13 points against the Sky. She also had three assists, three steals and grabbed three rebounds to lead the Fever to victory.
UNSUNG HERO
Alison Bales
Bales played 13 minutes, mostly in the fourth quarter, and helped key the Fever's late comeback. She finished with six points and eight rebounds. Her offensive putback gave the Fever its first lead in the fourth quarter at 57 to 55. Two minutes later, her 18-foot jumper gave Indiana a 59 to 57 advantage.
QUOTABLE
Anna DeForge
Who had a season-high 16 points with team-high nine rebounds:
"It was just a big character win. We battled the adversity and were able to pull out a win."

Brian Winters
On missing two chances to win at buzzer :
"I was disappointed not to make them, but we knew we still had to reach down and compete. I thought we showed some resolve in continuing to battle and maintaining our effort all the way to the wire. Our effort was off and on in the first three quarters. We got down by 10 in the fourth, and I'm very happy with our effort and how we came back in the fourth quarter. We fought hard all the way and never quit."

HIDDEN NUMBERS
Points in the paint:
Fever 30, Sky 40
Second-chance points:
Fever 4, Sky 14
Fast-break points:
Fever 4, Sky 7
Points off turnovers:
Fever 14, Sky 14
Starters scoring:
Fever 52, Sky 61
Bench scoring:
Fever 23, Sky 9
GAME REPORT
Fever 75, Sky 70
August 7, 2007 UIC Pavilion (Chicago, IL)
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Team Record 1st 2nd 3rd 4th OT 2OT Final
Indiana 19-11 18 14 15 12 5 11 75
at Chicago 12-18 22 12 19 6 5 6 70

CHICAGO(AP) Anna DeForge had 16 points as the Indiana Fever beat the Chicago Sky 75-70 in double overtime Tuesday night.

Tamika Whitmore scored 15, Tully Bevilaqua had 13 and Tan White had 11 for Indiana (19-11), which has won three of four after losing its previous six.

Tammy Sutton-Brown added 10 points and four blocks for the Fever, who clinched a playoff spot with a 63-55 win over Sacramento on Sunday and hold a 2 1/2 game lead over Connecticut for second place in the Eastern Conference.

Chasity Melvin had a season-high 26 points and 10 rebounds, Dominique Canty added 11 points, and Stacey Dales and Armintie Price each added 10 for the Sky (12-18), who dropped their fourth straight to fall two games behind fourth place Washington for the final playoff spot in the East.

Chicago leading scorer Candice Dupree had a career-high 20 rebounds but tied a season-low with four points on 2-of-14 shooting.

The Fever took a 69-66 lead on a jumper from Whitmore and two free throws from Sutton-Brown. Dupree hit a layup to make it a one-point game, but three straight Indiana free throws gave the Fever a 72-68 lead with 31.2 seconds left i the second OT.

Melvin hit a jumper to draw the Sky within two but Indiana hit three free throws to close the game.

The Fever had two chances to win in the first overtime as Whitmore missed a short jumper with 25 seconds and White missed a layup at the buzzer. Dales threw an inbound pass to a cutting Canty, who made the layup while getting fouled. Her free throw tied the game at 64 with 34.9 seconds left.

After Melvin made a layup to begin overtime, Bevilaqua hit a 3-pointer and Sutton-Brown followed with a layup to give Indiana a 64-61 lead with 1:38 left. Whitmore missed a potential game-winning layup with a second left in regulation.

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