|STAR OF THE GAME
DeForge had a season-high of 29 points, scoring 20 in the first-half alone. She also grabbed five rebounds, had five assists and one steal for the Fever.
Sutton-Brown pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds for the Fever. She also added 19 points, one assist and one blocked shot.
On playing Connecticut in the playoffs:
“Our defense must be better. We must defend the pick and roll better. There are no secrets. Each team knows the other one. They are 4-0 against us, but we play each game.”
“It's a tough loss when we came so close. We need to make adjustments faster. We're trying to play more consistent. It was good that we battled back. At the end of the game, they knew we needed a three pointer and it is tough to get a shot off. Every game we get a little better. We just have to stay consistent until Catchings (Tamika) gets back.”
Points in the paint:
Fever 30, Sun 40
Fever 10, Sun 4
Fever 20, Sun 17
Points off turnovers:
Fever 18, Sun 16
Fever 57, Sun 61
Fever 17, Sun 16
INDIANAPOLIS(AP) Nykesha Sales had a career-high 32 points to lead the Connecticut Sun to a 77-74 victory over Indiana on Wednesday night, completing a sweep of the season series with the Fever.
Lindsay Whalen added 17 points for the Sun (18-14), who moved within one game of Indiana (19-13) for the second seed in the Eastern Conference playoff chase. Connecticut has clinched at least the third seed and would have home-court advantage in the first round against the Fever if the teams finish the season tied.
The Sun, playing without All-Star Asjha Jones (ankle), won their fifth consecutive game at Conseco Fieldhouse.
Anna DeForge had a season-high 29 points and Tammy Sutton-Brown scored 19 for the Fever, who dropped to 3-9 since losing All-Star Tamika Catchings to a left foot injury July 20. Catchings' return is listed as day-to-day.
The Sun opened up what was a close game with a 16-4 run to open the fourth quarter. Connecticut turned a two-point lead into a 75-61 advantage on Erika DeSouza's layup with 5 minutes left.
Indiana answered with a 13-0 run, closing within a point following DeForge's second straight 3-pointer with 1:10 remaining.
Whalen pushed the lead back to three points on her jumper with 43 seconds remaining, and DeForge's 3-point attempt at the buzzer was partially blocked by Le'coe Willingham.
Sales had 23 points in the first half, including 11 straight during one stretch, to help Connecticut open a 48-38 lead at the break. The Sun, who shot 58 percent from the field, led by as many as 13 in the half.
The Fever fought back in the third quarter, taking a 57-56 edge after Sheri Sam's free throw late in the period.
Tonight's win is the Sun's 14th in its last 17 games against the Fever and Connecticut has won five straight regular season games at Conseco Fieldhouse.
Nykesha Sales' 32 points tonight are a career-high and tie the second most ever scored by an opponent player against the Fever. She is the second Connecticut player (joining Katie Douglas) to score 30+ points against the Fever in 2007. Douglas scored a career-high 30 points in the Sun's win at the Fieldhouse, 6/22.
Anna DeForge's 29 points tonight are a team season-high and are just two shy of her career-best set while playing for Phoenix. Tonight's total is her most ever with the Fever, as are her five 3-pt FG.
DeForge's five 3-pt FG tied the most by a Fever player this season and tied the Fever's most ever at Conseco Fieldhouse. DeForge's in one of just three Fever players, all-time, to have hit five 3-pt FG at home--joining Tamika Catchings (four times) and Kelly Miller.
In addition to leading the Fever in scoring, Anna DeForge also led Indiana in assists with a season-high five. That is one shy of her most ever with the Fever and she has led Indiana in assists three times this season.
Having had 18 turnovers to the Sun's 20, the Fever had fewer turnovers than the opposition for the 18th time this season, but lost for the fifth time in those 18 games.
Connecticut made and attempted only two free throws tonight and its two attempts are the fewest for any team in the WNBA this season. The Sun's two free throw attempts are the fewest ever by a Fever opponent and its two free throws made tied the franchise record for an opponent.
Tammy Sutton-Brown's 19 points and team-high 10 rebounds represent her second double-double of the season and her first since having 22 points and 13 boards vs. New York, 6/10.
Tamika Whitmore had three of Indiana's five steals tonight, tying her most in 2007.
The Sun outscored the Fever, 40-30, in the paint tonight and the Fever has been outscored 142-100 in the paint in the last four games.
Evanthia Maltsi led the Sun with a career-high five assists.
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