Catchings Catches Fire as Fever Defeats Shock

STAR OF THE GAME
TAMIKA CATCHINGS
Catchings recorded her third double-double of the season. Three of her 14 rebounds occurred in the crucial final minute of play. She finished with 20 points, shooting 12-of-14 from the free throw line.
UNSUNG HERO
JURGITA STREIMIKYTE
Streimikyte played a season-high 29 minutes and made the most of it, scoring 13 points on 6-of-9 shooting. She added three steals and one rebound.
QUOTABLE
BRIAN WINTERS
On the game:
“Detroit has a very good team. They are physical and they are strong. It seems like every game we play with them comes down to the wire.”

On Tamika Catchings' rebounding performance:
“Tamika is a tremendous rebounder. She has good instincts to go get the ball. No matter what size a player is, with good instincts she can get the ball.”

On the team's improvements this season:
“Obviously, we have a different team this year. Kelly (Miller) has another year under her belt. Tully (Bevilaqua) provides us with a spark. Tan (White) was a very good draft pick for us. Ebony (Hoffman) does a great job off the bench.”

TAMIKA CATCHINGS
On the game:
“It was a great team win. By getting into the bonus early, we were able to hit free throws and that helped us down the stretch. We played good team defense. That helped us because our outside shooting was off tonight."

EBONY HOFFMAN
On the importance of the win:
“What can I say? It's another team win. We don’t want to relax and we want to stay hungry.”

HIDDEN NUMBERS
Points in the paint:
Shock 32, Fever 16
Fast-break points:
Shock 14, Fever 8
Second-chance points:
Fever 10, Shock 5
Points off turnovers:
Fever 16, Shock 14
Starters scoring:
Fever 49, Shock 46
Bench scoring:
Fever 13, Shock 11
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GAME REPORT
Fever 62, Shock 57

July 15, 2005 at Conseco Fieldhouse (Indianapolis, Ind.)

INDIANAPOLIS—Tamika Catchings’ double-double of 20 points and 14 rebounds – including two huge boards in the closing seconds of the game, led the Indiana Fever past the Detroit Shock, 62-57, Friday night at Conseco Fieldhouse.

Leading 59-57 with 25.9 seconds remaining after Deanna Jackson’s missed free throw, Catchings’ offensive rebound gave the Fever (10-6) an extra possession and another chance to extend its lead. Catchings was fouled by Swin Cash and added another free throw for a 60-57 advantage.

Cash was off the mark on a 3-point attempt and the Shock (7-9) had no choice but to foul when Indiana regained possession. After a 20-second timeout, Fever guard Tully Bevilaqua was fouled, but missed both free throw attempts with 14.2 seconds remaining to setup a last-gasp effort by the Shock. Deanna Nolan’s jump shot fell short, however, and Catchings’ strong rebound sealed the win. Ruth Riley’s disqualifying foul with 3.6 seconds left sent Catchings to the line for her final two points of the game, and her 12th free throw in 14 attempts.

Catchings, who also dished five assists, recorded her third double-double of the season. Jurgita Stremikyte earned her second consecutive start and tallied a season-high 13 points on a 6-of-9 shooting effort from the field.

The Shock, who led just once, came within 56-55, but rookie Tan White’s highlight-reel baseline layin put Indiana ahead 58-55 with 32.2 seconds left.

For the first time in franchise history, the Fever failed to make a single three-point basket. Indiana ended the night with a 0-of-15 effort from three-point range, snapping a streak of 179 games with a 3-pointer.

Winning for the seventh time in nine home games, the Fever jumped to a 14-5 lead. The nine-point advantage was short-lived, though, as the Shock erased the Indiana lead by going on a 13-2 run. Detroit grabbed its only lead of the contest on Nolan’s bucket with 6:41 remaining in the first half. The Fever led 28-26 at the break. Indiana had a chance to go ahead by five after Kelly Miller fired up a 3-point shot at the buzzer, but after an official’s replay review, the shot was called back. It would have been the Fever’s only 3-pointer of the contest.

Nolan paced the Shock with 19 points and three assists. Shelia Lambert was the only other Detroit player to finish with double figures, as she contributed 13. Detroit committed 24 turnovers, compared to the Fever’s 13.

Detroit was held under 60 points for just the second time this season while Indiana limited its opponent under 60 points for a second straight game. Fever opponents have been held under 60 points in five of the Fever’s past six victories, including Wednesday’s win over East-leading Connecticut which was held to a season-low 53 points.


FEVER NOTEBOOK
  • Including tonight's win, the Fever has won four in a row against Detroit and is now 10-9 all-time vs. the Shock.
  • The Fever is now 8-1 against opponents from the Eastern Conference, including a mark of 5-0 at Conseco Fieldhouse.
  • Detroit's 57 points represents its second-lowest total of the season and just the second time that the Shock have been held to less than 60 points in 2005.
  • The Fever's 34.5 percent from the floor is its third lowest mark of the season and its lowest in a win.
  • The Fever was 0-15 from 3-pt range tonight, ending a streak of 179 straight games with at least one 3-pt FG.
  • With 20 points and 14 rebounds, Tamika Catchings registered her third double-double of the season. Two of her three double-doubles have come against the Shock.
  • Making her second straight start, Jurgita Streimikyte scored a season-best 13 points tonight.
  • Tonight's 62-57 win represents Indiana's seventh game decided by three points or less and the fourth in the team's last five games.
  • With 14 steals and 13 turnovers, the Fever had more steals than turnovers for the third time this season, all of which have come in the last five games. For the second straight game, eight of Indiana's nine players to see action had at least one steal.
  • Having posted its 10th win in its 16th game of the season, the Fever has posted 10 wins faster than ever before. Indiana 10 wins in 17 games during the 2003 season for the previous fastest to 10 wins.
  • Detroit's 24 turnovers are its most this season and tied the most by a Fever opponent this season. The Fever has forced its opponent into 20+ turnovers in three of the last four games and in four games, overall, this season. The opposition has averaged 20.3 topg in the last four games.
  • After going 0-5 from the floor in her first appearance of the season for the Shock, Sheila Lambert scored 13 points on 6-12 FG and 1-2 3-pt FG tonight.
  • The Fever is now 3-0 on Fridays, joining Wednesday as the team's only undefeated days of the week.