Fever Drop To 0-1 In Series

CO-STAR OF THE GAME
Anna DeForge
Anna DeForge led the Fever with a season-high 31 points in the triple over-time loss to the Sun. DeForge also added three rebounds, two assists and one steal.
CO-STAR OF THE GAME
Tamika Catchings
In her first game back from injury, Catchings led the team in rebounds with 20 while contributing across the board with 14 points, seven assists, three steals and one blocked shot.
UNSUNG HERO
Tamika Whitmore
Whitmore registered 24 points, 14 rebounds two assists and one steal for the Fever in the triple over-time loss to the Sun.
QUOTABLE
Anna DeForge
On the fourth quarter rally:
ďIt was about execution on both ends of the floor. We needed to get stops. We needed to rebound the ball and we needed to get down and score. We did very well defensively and we hit big shots down the stretch and in all of the overtimes.Ē

Brian Winters
On overall team performance:
It was just a battle all the way through. We got down and didnít play particularly well early. They fought hard and hung in there and we made a good run. Iím happy the way they battled back and played through adversity and never gave up, but in the end we didnít win, so thatís disappointing.Ē

HIDDEN NUMBERS
Points in the paint:
Fever 32, Sun 40
Second-chance points:
Fever 6, Sun 9
Fast-break points:
Fever 17, Sun 11
Points off turnovers:
Fever 12, Sun 17
Starters scoring:
Fever 58, Sun 83
Bench scoring:
Fever 30, Sun 10
GAME REPORT
Fever 88, Sun 93
August 23, 2007 at Mohegan Sun Arena (Uncasville, CT)
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Team Record 1st 2nd 3rd 4th OT 2OT 3OT Final
Indiana 21-14 7 18 17 24 9 6 7 88
at Connecticut 18-16 12 20 22 12 9 6 12 93

UNCASVILLE, Conn.(AP) Nykesha Sales scored 25 points to lead the Connecticut Sun to a 93-88 triple-overtime victory against the Indiana Fever on Thursday night in the first overtime playoff game in WNBA history.

Connecticut will take a one-game lead to Indiana on Saturday for the second game of the best-of-three first round.

Anna DeForge had a season-high 31 points for the Fever, while Tamika Whitmore added 24. Tamika Catchings, playing in her first game since tearing a muscle in her foot on July 20, had 14 points and 20 rebounds.

Asjha Jones, who missed the final three games of the season with an ankle sprain, returned to give the Sun 20 points and 10 rebounds.

The Sun held Indiana scoreless in the final 2 1/2 minutes of the third overtime. Jones scored the first basket of the period for Connecticut, but Whitmore answered with seven straight points to give Indiana an 88-83 lead. Those would be the Fever's final points of the game.

Sales hit a pair of free throws, followed by layups by Lindsay Whalen and Kristen Rasmussen to put the Sun up 89-88.

The Fever appeared to have a chance to retake the lead, but Whitmore turned the ball over with 43.6 seconds left.

Whalen hit a three-point basket and two free throws for the Sun to start the second overtime. Connecticut was held to just a single point the rest of the period, Catchings had four of the Fever's six points in the second overtime, including a pair of free throws with 3.8 seconds left.

With 10 seconds left in the first overtime, Anna DeForge hit her second 3-pointer of the period to send it into double overtime.

DeForge's three with 1:19 left in regulation tied the game at 63 and kept Indiana's hopes alive. It capped a rally that erased a 17-point Connecticut lead late in the third quarter.

Jones hit a lay-up and Sales went 1-of-2 at the line to give the Sun a 66-63 lead, but a three by Whitmore with 20.6 seconds left sent the game into overtime.

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