Indiana Takes 69-64 Decision Over Chicago

STAR OF THE GAME
TAMIKA CATCHINGS
Catchings led Indiana offensively with 20 points on 7-of-13 shooting. She also had a game-high nine rebounds and four steals as the Fever won its seventh road game this season.
UNSUNG HERO
ANNA DEFORGE
DeForge finished with 14 points, including three 3’s on four attempts. Her 3-pointer late pushed Indiana’s lead back to double figures.
QUOTABLE
BRIAN WINTERS
In general:
“We’ve got to become more consistent with our play. We came out ready to play tonight, but when we started turning the ball over we let them back in it again. I thought we shot the ball better, hopefully this will help us turn the corner a little bit and get out of the slump that we’ve been in.”

TAMIKA CATCHINGS
In general:
“We turned the ball over way too much, but when we stepped up our defense we were able to keep up the lead.”

HIDDEN NUMBERS
Points in the paint:
Fever 34, Sky 34
Second-chance points:
Fever 8, Sky 14
Fast-break points:
Fever 9, Sky 4
Points off turnovers:
Fever 17, Sky 19
Starters scoring:
Fever 58, Sky 56
Bench scoring:
Fever 11, Sky 8
GAME REPORT
Fever 69, Sky 64
July 30, 2006 at the UIC Pavilion (Chicago, IL)
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Team Record 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Indiana 17-10 25 13 14 17 69
at Chicago 4-23 15 20 8 21 64

CHICAGO – The Fever held the Chicago Sky scoreless for 9:51 in the second half before capturing a 69-64 victory Sunday night in the UIC Pavilion. The win was Indiana’s seventh on the road this season, tying a franchise record.

Trailing by 14 midway through the fourth quarter, Chicago went on a 13-4 run to pull within 61-56 of Indiana with 3:27 left in regulation. Tamika Whitmore’s put-back lay-up followed by Anna DeForge’s 3-pointer would put the Fever back in front by double digits, 66-56.

Tamika Catchings led Indiana with 20 points on 7-of-13 shooting, to go along with nine rebounds, four steals and three assists. Anna DeForge was the only other Fever player to reach double figures, finishing with 14 points, including 3-of-4 from 3-point range. Tully Bevilaqua added seven points and a season-high seven assists in the game.

Candice Dupree had a career-high 25 points while shooting 10-of-16 from the floor. Amanda Lassiter followed Dupree with 18 points, six assists and five steals.

Indiana led big early after hitting its first eight shots of the game, including 4-of-4 from behind the arc. A Catchings lay-up put the Fever in front 22-9 late in the first quarter. The Fever shot 9-of-12 from the field in the quarter before leading 25-15 after one.

Dupree’s jumper cut Indiana’s lead down to seven at 25-18 in the opening minutes of the second. Indiana would respond with an 11-2 run to take its largest lead of the half, 36-20, midway through the second quarter.

The Fever saw its 16-point lead evaporate after going cold late in the second quarter. Chicago went on a 15-2 run, including 13 unanswered, to close out the half. Indiana failed to score in the final 5:17 of the second and led by just three, 38-35, at halftime.

Chicago cut Indiana’s lead down to one on three occasions in the third quarter, but was unable to take the lead after a number of empty possessions. The Fever then outscored the Sky 8-0 to close the third to extend its lead to a more comfortable nine points, 52-43.


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