Fever Outshines Silver Stars, 66-53

STAR OF THE GAME
NATALIE WILLIAMS
Williams nearly posted her first double-double of the season, scoring 12 points on 6-of-9 shooting and grabbing eight rebounds. She added two assists and two steals in 24 minutes of play.
UNSUNG HERO
JURGITA STREIMIKYTE
Streimikyte posted a season-high 14 points on 7-of-13 shooting. She added four rebounds, three assists and one steal in 26 minutes of play.
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BRIAN WINTERS
On the game:
“We got back to it after the Minnesota game. Tonight we pressured people. We established our post game. Our bread and butter is our defense. Everyone is committed to rebounding on defense. This was a good team win.”

On Jurgita Streimikyte:
“Shooting is her strength and tonight she made some nice shots. She’s a good match with Natalie (Williams). She adds quickness to our lineup.”

On Natalie Williams:
“This was definitely her best game of the year. She took the ball to the basket. She did not take a lot of perimeter shots. She played well in the post.”

JURGITA STREIMIKYTE
On playing more relaxed:
“I got my confidence. I am playing my game like overseas. And I’m more comfortable with my teammates.”

On capitalizing against the struggling Silver Stars:
“We are just trying to win the game. Every game is just very important. With this win today, we’ll keep going.”

KELLY SCHUMACHER
On her 5-of-5 shooting performance:
“I don’t know why [they all fell tonight]. I was just open and I usually take them when I am open. The zone they were in ended up leaving the high post open. As a team, we have been moving the ball lately, finding the open player, and they have been knocking the shot down.”

HIDDEN NUMBERS
Points in the paint:
Fever 32, Silver Stars 22
Fast-break points:
Fever 8, Silver Stars 7
Second-chance points:
Fever 11, Silver Stars 11
Points off turnovers:
Fever 25, Silver Stars 9
Starters scoring:
Fever 45, Silver Stars 40
Bench scoring:
Fever 21, Silver Stars 13
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GAME REPORT
Fever 66, Silver Stars 53

July 21, 2005 at Conseco Fieldhouse (Indianapolis, Ind.)

INDIANAPOLIS— Jurgita Streimikyte scored a season-high 14 points on 7-of-13 shooting to lead the Indiana Fever to a 66-53 WNBA win over the San Antonio Silver Stars at Conseco Fieldhouse. The Fever, rebounding from its worst loss of the season, 66-45 at Minnesota on Tuesday, registered its largest margin of victory on Thursday.

San Antonio’s 53 points matched the fewest allowed by the Fever this season. The Silver Stars’ 43 field goal attempts were the fewest in San Antonio history and matched the fewest ever allowed by the Fever.

The Fever (12-7) led from start to finish and led by as many as 16. Natalie Williams and Kelly Schumacher pitched in with 12 and 11 points, respectively. Williams also collected a game-high eight rebounds.

The Stars (5-16) made it a two-point game with 17:44 remaining after Marie Ferdinand made two free throws, but a 17-4 run with Williams leading the charge put the game out of reach. Indiana led 31-24 at the break.

Ferdinand led San Antonio with a team-high 14 points. Shannon Johnson added 11.

Fever All-Star and reigning WNBA Player of the Week Tamika Catchings did not score until the second half and finished with five points on a night in which she celebrated her 26th birthday and received a USA Basketball ring to commemorate the Olympic gold medal she earned last August in Athens. Typical of her constant efforts, she added six rebounds, four assists, three steals and a blocked shot.

Indiana, which won for the fourth time in five games and raised its home record to 9-2, outrebounded the Silver Stars, 28-26 and committed just 11 turnovers. In contrast, however, the Fever took advantage of 22 San Antonio turnovers and converted them into 25 points. It was the fourth straight win that Indiana has forced an opponent into its season-high for turnovers, each time with 20 or more.

The Fever, playing for the fifth time in nine days, travels to Charlotte on Saturday for its sixth game – and third on the road – in 11 days.


FEVER NOTEBOOK
  • The Silver Stars' 53 points tonight tied the fewest scored against the Fever this season.
  • San Antonio's 43 shot attempts from the floor match the fewest ever by a Fever opponent and it also matched the Silver Stars' club record for fewest attempts in a game.
  • Indiana's wire-to-wire is Indiana's first this season.
  • Including tonight, the Fever is 5-0 this season when Tamika Catchings scores less than 10 points in a game.
  • Jurgita Streimikyte led the Fever in scoring for the first time this season with a season-best 14 points. Streimikyte has scored 10+ points four times this season, including two of the last four games.
  • Natalie Williams' 12 points tonight represents her second game of 10+ points this season and her first since scoring 12 points vs. Phoenix, 6/24.
  • Williams also led the Fever with eight rebounds, her most since grabbing 12 at Washington, 6/18.
  • Natalie Williams' first offensive rebound tonight was the 700th of her career and she is just the second player in league history to reach that mark--joining the Monarch's Yolanda Griffith.
  • Tully Bevilaqua's team-leading five assists matched her most since joining the Fever.
  • Shooting 29-64 FG (.453), the Fever shot better than 45 percent from the floor for just the third time this season.
  • While the Fever outrebounded the Silver Stars, 11-5, on the offensive glass, both teams had 11 second chance points.
  • The Silver Stars had a season-low seven assists tonight, one off the club record for fewest assists in a single game. San Antonio had just one assist in the second half.
  • With 11 points Kelly Schumacher scored in double figures for the fourth time this season and the first time since scoring 10 vs. Minnesota, 6/24. Schumacher was 5-5 from the floor, the best single-game shooting percentage (minimum 5 FGA) by a Fever player this season.
  • With 14 steals and just 11 turnovers, the Fever had more steals than turnovers for the third straight home and the fourth time all season.
  • With tonight's win, the Fever has won three of its four games against the Silver Stars since they moved to San Antonio before the 2003 season.
  • Indiana is now 4-6 against the West this season, including a mark of 4-2 at Conseco Fieldhouse.
  • Natalie Williams' first offensive rebound tonight was the 700th of her career and she is just the second player in league history to reach that mark--joining the Monarch's Yolanda Griffith.
  • Including the Silver Stars' 22 turnovers, Indiana's opponents have had 22 or turnovers in four of the last five games.
  • Outscored, 16-5, at the foul line, the Fever's free throw attempts (7) and free throws made (5) are both season-lows.
  • Indiana's five blocked shots were one off the team's season-high.
  • Indiana's 13-point win is its largest margin of victory this season.
  • In her first career start, Indianapolis native Shyra Ely scored two points with two rebounds in 24 minutes.