Big Second Half Lifts Indiana To 75-60 Win Over Sacramento

STAR OF THE GAME
TAMIKA WHITMORE
Whitmore led all scorers with a game-high 20 points on 6-of-10 shooting. She was also 7-of-8 from the foul line, while adding five rebounds and two assists.
UNSUNG HERO
TAN WHITE
White had 12 points off the bench for Indiana in 22 minutes. She earned her points from the free throw line, hitting 6-of-10 for the game.
QUOTABLE
BRIAN WINTERS
In general:
“Our bench played well tonight and we needed it. Catch (Tamika Catchings) was a bit under the weather tonight. Tan (White) and Tangie’s (La’Tangela Atkinson) driving to the basket really picked us up. By driving to the basket, we got into the penalty early.”

“Sacramento is a very good team. They play very good defense and they are the defending champs. We didn’t allow too many threes and that helped us tremendously.”

TAMIKA CATCHINGS
On second half turn-around:
“We stayed focused on defense and keeping them off the boards. As a team we played great defense holding their starters from double figure scoring. We were focused on how bad a team we were in Sacramento. One focus was to keep them from shooting threes.”

HIDDEN NUMBERS
Points in the paint:
Monarchs 28, Fever 30
Second-chance points:
Monarchs 12, Fever 4
Fast-break points:
Monarchs 4, Fever 4
Points off turnovers:
Monarchs 15, Fever 15
Starters scoring:
Monarchs 28, Fever 47
Bench scoring:
Monarchs 32, Fever 28
GAME REPORT
Fever 75, Monarchs 60
July 25, 2006 at Conseco Fieldhouse (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Box Score | WNBA Recap

Team Record 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Sacramento 16-9 15 14 14 17 60
at Indiana 16-9 12 14 27 22 75

INDIANAPOLIS – The Fever outscored the defending WNBA champion Sacramento Monarchs 49-31 in the second half and shot 54.5 percent from the field for the game before capturing a 75-60 win Tuesday night in Conseco Fieldhouse. Indiana’s field goal percentage Tuesday was the second-highest in franchise history, and highest-ever while playing in Conseco.

It was the first loss to an Eastern Conference opponent for Sacramento this season (9-1). The Monarchs, which came in riding a seven-game winning streak, dropped its first game since a 77-62 loss in Houston July 2.

Tamika Whitmore scored a game-high 20 points on 6-of-10 shooting as Indiana improved its record to 16-9. Tamika Catchings followed with 16 points, six rebounds and five assists. Both Tan White and La’Tangela Atkinson saw extensive minutes off the bench for the Fever. White had 12 points in 22 minutes, while Atkinson added 11 during her 20 minutes on the floor.

DeMya Walker led all Sacramento scorers with 14 points on 5-of-8 shooting off the Monarchs’ bench. Sacramento (16-9) had ten players break the scoring column, however, Walker was the only player to reach double figures.

Trailing 23-19, Tully Bevilaqua hit a 3-pointer from the left wing to pull Indiana within one of Sacramento at the 3:55 mark of the second quarter. Atkinson then put the Fever back in front for the first time since early in the first quarter on a left-handed lay-up in traffic.

Following another bucket from Atkinson, the Monarchs scored the final six points of the half to re-gain the lead. Erin Buescher’s lay-up made the score 26-25, Indiana. Moments later, Yolanda Griffith hit a pair of free throws before knocking down a 13-foot jumper with 1.8 seconds remaining to give Sacramento a 29-26 halftime advantage.

The Fever used an 11-0 run to turn a seven-point third quarter deficit into a four-point lead. Eight of Indiana’s 11 points during that stretch came from the free throw line. A Catchings bank-shot would give the Fever its first double-digit lead of the game, 53-42, late in the third. After scoring just 26 points in the first half, Indiana put up 27 third quarter points to take a 53-43 lead into the fourth quarter.

Down by 13, Sacramento used a 9-2 run to make it a two possession game. Nicole Powell’s lay-up pulled the Monarchs to within six of the Fever at 60-54 midway through the fourth. Indiana, though, scored six of the game’s next eight points to go back in front by double digits.


Notes:
  • Including 8-9 in the fourth quarter and 15-21 in the second half, the Fever set a team Conseco Fieldhouse record by shooting 54.5 percent from the floor tonight. That is the second highest shooting percentage all-time for the Fever.
  • After staring 0-8 in franchise history versus a defending WNBA champion, the Fever has won four of its past six games versus a WNBA champion.
  • Indiana is now 11-0 when holding its opponent to under 70 points this season.
  • With all five starters collecting at least five boards, the Fever out-rebounded the Monarchs, 33-21. The Monarchs' 21 rebounds tied the fewest by a Fever opponent and were Sacramento's lowest total of the season.
  • Tonight's loss ends the Monarchs' season-long seven-game winning streak. The seven-game winning streak had tied the longest in franchise history. The loss also ended Sacramento franchise-record tying four-game road winning streak.
  • Sacramento's six assists are the third fewest ever by a Fever opponent and are the fewest ever for a visiting team at Conseco Fieldhouse. No Sacramento player had more than one assist tonight.
  • Indiana is now 7-5 against the Western Conference, including a mark of 4-1 at home.
  • La'Tangela Atkinson's 11 points represent her second game of double-digit points this season and her first since scoring 15 points at Minnesota, 6/2.
  • Tamika Whitmore's 20 points is her eighth of 20+ points this season and she has led the Fever in scoring 11 times this season.
  • After shooting 4-8 FT in the first period, the Fever shot 19-22 FT (.864) the rest of the game.
  • K,B. Sharp's 3-pt FG tonight was her third of the season and her first since 6/21.
  • Indiana's 57.1 percent from 3-pt range (4-7) was its second best mark of the season, since setting a franchise record of 64.3 percent 3-pt FG (9-14) vs. New York, 5/30. Indiana has shot 50+ percent from long range three times this season.
  • With tonight's 75 points, the Fever is now 11-1 when scoring 70+ ppg.
  • Indiana's 21 turnovers were a season-high, but the Fever won when having more turnovers for the fourth time (4-3) this season.
  • The Fever had four players score in double figures for the first time since 7/1. Sacramento had just one player (DeMya Walker with 14 points) score in double figures.
  • After accumulating a total of 30 steals in the previous two games, the Fever had just steals tonight. Tamika Catchings was the only Indiana player with multiple steals with three and she now has a league-leading 60 steals on the season.
  • The Fever's 27 points in the third period represents its most points scored in a third quarter this season.


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