Fever Opens Homestand With 60-56 Win Over Houston

STAR OF THE GAME
TAMIKA WHITMORE
Whitmore scored a game-high 22 points on 10-of-16 shooting, to go along with three rebounds, three assists and three steals in the game.
UNSUNG HERO
TAMIKA CATCHINGS
Despite struggling from the floor, Catchings had a double-double, finishing with 11 points, 10 rebounds, three assists and three blocked shots.
QUOTABLE
BRIAN WINTERS
In general:
“Second night of a back to back is never easy. Tonight our defense was good. Our rebounding was very good. Our offense struggled. We need to improve our offense. We now have some practice time and we intend to work on it."

"Last night in Charlotte, we went away from our post game and we struggled. Tonight we went to the post much better. We missed five lay-ups before halftime. If we had made those, our shooting percentage goes up. We need to evaluate our offense and improve on it.”

EBONY HOFFMAN
On her performance:
“Tonight I was being more aggressive. Last night I did not take the ball at Tammy Sutton-Brown. I was a little more aggressive and my teammates found me. Whitmore (Tamika) and I played a good high low game tonight.”

HIDDEN NUMBERS
Points in the paint:
Comets 26, Fever 34
Second-chance points:
Comets 12, Fever 3
Fast-break points:
Comets 9, Fever 2
Points off turnovers:
Comets 12, Fever 11
Starters scoring:
Comets 35, Fever 47
Bench scoring:
Comets 21, Fever 13
GAME REPORT
Fever 60, Comets 56
July 16, 2006 at Conseco Fieldhouse (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Box Score | WNBA Recap

Team Record 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Houston 13-10 16 9 17 14 56
at Indiana 14-8 19 8 11 22 60

INDIANAPOLIS – In the first of a season-long five-game homestand, Tamika Whitmore scored a game-high 22 points in leading the Indiana Fever to a 60-56 victory over the visiting Houston Comets in Conseco Fieldhouse Sunday night. Houston’s 56 points scored was its second-lowest total this season.

Whitmore's 22 points Sunday gave her 20-plus points for the seventh time this season, the most of any Fever player. Tamika Catchings followed Whitmore’s 22 up with 11 points of her own to go along with 10 rebounds, three assists and three blocked shots. Ebony Hoffman also had 11 points on 5-of-10 shooting for Indiana.

Sheryl Swoops led Houston with 15 points, despite shooting just 5-of-13 from the field. Ten of Swoops’ 15 points came in the second half. Tamecka Dixon added 14 for the Comets, while Mistie Williams contributed 11 points and 12 rebounds off the bench.

Indiana jumped out to an early 11-3 lead despite making just one of its first five attempts in the game. Houston also started cold, shooting just 1-of-7 from the floor in the game’s opening minutes. The Fever was up by as many as ten in the first quarter before leading 19-16 after one. Whitmore paced Indiana early, scoring 11 first quarter points on 5-of-7 shooting.

A Whitmore jumper at the 4:12 mark of the second quarter extended Indiana’s lead to seven at 27-20. Sheryl Swoops, who hadn’t scored for nearly two quarters, netted five consecutive points for Houston to close the half. Swoops’ 3-pointer made the score 27-25, Indiana, at halftime.

The Fever managed just eight points in the second quarter, while the Comets scored only nine in a defensively-dominated first half.

With Houston trailing by two, Williams’ 3-point play gave the Comets its first lead of the game, 33-32, with 4:27 left in the third quarter. Whitmore then sunk a pair of jumpers to put Indian back in front 36-33. Houston, though, would go on a 9-2 run to close the third, leading 42-38 heading into the fourth quarter.

Trailing 46-44, the Fever went on a 9-0 run to turn a two-point deficit into a seven-point lead, 53-46. Houston pulled to within four of Indiana late in the fourth, which proved to be the final margin after a pair of free throws from Catchings and free throw from Tully Bevilaqua sealed the win with less than 30 seconds left in the game.


Notes:
  • Today's win ends a four-game losing streak for the Fever vs. Houston and is Indiana's second win all-time against the Comets.
  • The 116 points combined for the two teams is the second lowest total in the WNBA this season, one off the 115 points scored by the Fever and the San Antonio Silver Stars, 5/23
  • With 11 points and 10 rebounds, Tamika Catchings registered her fifth double-double of the season. She is the fifth player in the WNBA to have at least five double-doubles this season.
  • With her 33 minutes today, Tamika Whitmore has gone over the 6,000-minute mark in her career. She has played 6,022 minutes in her eight seasons in the WNBA.
  • The Comets' Mistie Williams, posted the first double-double of her career with 11 points and 12 rebounds. Williams' previous best rebounding game this season had been four. Williams' seven offensive rebounds are the most by any Houston player this season and tied the most by any player against the Fever this season.
  • Having shot 0-6 from the floor and 0-4 from 3-pt range, Houston's Dawn Staley was held scoreless for the second time this season.
  • Indiana was 0-7 from 3-pt range tonight, marking just the third game in the Fever's history that it has not made a 3-pt FG. Two of those three have been the Fever's two games against the Comets and it has shot 0-20 from long distance in two games against Houston in 2006.
  • With 11 points tonight, Ebony Hoffman scored in double figures for the seventh time this season, but the first time in nine games--since scoring 10 vs. the Sky, 6/21.
  • Tamika Catchings has averaged 2.2 bpg in the last five games. She has three or more blocks five times this season and in three of the last five games.
  • With a team-high three steals, Tamika Whitmore tied her total of the previous six games and gave her three or more steals in six games this season.
  • Whitmore and Ebony Hoffman combined to shoot 15-26 FG (.577), while the rest of the Fever shot a combined 8-30 FG (.267).
  • Houston's eight assists are its fewest of the season.
  • Including their eight points in the second period tonight, the Fever has scored single digits in a period five times this season. All of those have been in the second period.
  • The Fever was outscored, 11-3, in second chance points tonight. Indiana's three second-chance points was its third lowest total of the season.


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