Late Scoring Binge Pushes Fever Past Lynx

STAR OF THE GAME
TAMIKA WHITMORE
Whitmore scored a game-high 18 points while shooting 7-of-11 from the field, to go along with six rebounds, two steals and two blocked shots.
UNSUNG HERO
ANNA DEFORGE
DeForge scored nine of her 11 points in the fourth quarter as the Fever pulled away late. Her 3-pointer late in regulation sparked a 10-0 Indiana run to close the game.
QUOTABLE
BRIAN WINTERS
In general:
“We’re in a tough stretch of games right now. We have to get through them. We were happy to win, tonight. We figured out their zone, tonight. We are aware of what other teams are doing but we must concentrate on our own game.”

On Anna DeForge:
“She’s struggling with her shot right now. She will come around. She hit a big three late for us, tonight. She has been a quality player for us.”

TAMIKA CATCHINGS
On having five games in eight days:
“A schedule like this will get us ready for the playoffs. Sometimes if you have too much time off your play gets lackadaisical. We need to be in an aggressive mode entering the playoffs. No teams in the WNBA are really bad. We are playing good competition in these eight days.”

HIDDEN NUMBERS
Points in the paint:
Lynx 26, Fever 36
Second-chance points:
Lynx 6, Fever 10
Fast-break points:
Lynx 6, Fever 16
Points off turnovers:
Lynx 9, Fever 23
Starters scoring:
Lynx 43, Fever 58
Bench scoring:
Lynx 16, Fever 11
GAME REPORT
Fever 69, Lynx 59
August 3, 2006 at Conseco Fieldhouse (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Box Score | WNBA Recap

Team Record 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Minnesota 9-20 16 13 16 14 59
at Indiana 18-11 14 16 15 24 69

INDIANAPOLIS – Anna DeForge scored nine fourth quarter points, including a dagger late in regulation as the Indiana Fever claimed a 69-59 victory over the Minnesota Lynx Thursday night in Conseco Fieldhouse. The Fever pulled away down the stretch, scoring the final ten points of the game.

With the win, the Fever improved to 13-0 this season when holding its opponent under 70 points. Conversely, the Lynx fell to 0-12 when failing to score 70 points in a game.

Tamika Whitmore scored a game-high 18 points, while shooting 7-of-11 from the floor for Indiana (18-11). Tamika Catchings added 17 points, seven rebounds, six assists and four steals. DeForge finished with 11 points.

After starting the game slowly, rookie guard Seimone Augustus led Minnesota with 16 points on 7-of-13 shooting. Amber Jacobs followed with 11 points, while Svetlana Abrosimova contributed 10 off the bench for the Lynx (9-20).

Tied at 59 late in the fourth quarter, Catchings' seven-foot baseline jumper put the Fever front by two. A Minnesota five-second in-bounding violation then gave Indiana possession with 1:15 left in the game.

The Fever took advantage of the turnover on its ensuing trip down the floor. DeForge netted a 3-pointer from the right wing to give Indiana a 64-59 lead with one minute remaining, before the club cruised to its 18th win of the season.

Whitmore scored six of the Fever’s first eight points of the second quarter as Indiana led 22-18 early. The Lynx then used a 7-0 run to re-gain the lead 25-22, however would trail 30-29 at the half. The first half saw three ties and eight lead changes. Whitmore paced Indiana with 11 first half points on 5-of-7 shooting.

The Fever outscored the Lynx 10-4 early in the third to extend its lead to seven. Tully Bevilaqua’s fast-break lay-up made the score 40-33 at the 6:34 mark of the third quarter.

With Indiana trailing by two midway through the fourth quarter, DeForge knocked down a 3-point shot to put Indiana back in front 48-47. The Fever would then score nine consecutive points from the free throw line before leading 57-51 with 3:54 left in regulation.


Notes:
  • Tonight's win ends the Fever's two-game losing streak to the Lynx and Indiana has won four of the last six games against Minnesota. The Fever has won three straight home games vs. Minnesota.
  • Her four steals tonight gave Tamika Catchings an even 400 thefts in her career and she is just the seventh player in WNBA history to achieve that mark.
  • As a team, the Fever had 15 steals and just 12 turnovers. That is the first time this season that Indiana has had more steals than turnovers.
  • Eight of the 10 players to see action for the Fever tonight had at least one steal
  • Indiana outscored the Lynx, 16-6, on the fast break. That ties the most fast-break points for Indiana this season.
  • Indiana also outscored Minnesota, 23-9, in second chance points. Indiana has had 20+ points off turnovers nine times this season and is 6-3 in those games.
  • Tonight's game was the 15th in the WNBA in which the two teams combined for fewer than 130 points and it was the sixth time for the Fever to be involved in one of those games.
  • The Fever is now 13-0 this season when holding its opponent under 70 points. But, it was just the seventh win (7-10) for Indiana when failing to score 70 points.
  • Kasha Terry's made free throw in the first half was the first of her WNBA career. Prior to tonight, she had attempted just one shot from the foul line.
  • Terry also blocked two shots tonight and has rejected the first three shots of her career in the last two games.
  • For the game, the Fever had seven blocked shots, its most since having eight rejections vs. the Sting, 6/18. Seven blocks is the team's third highest total of the season.
  • Indiana's 36 points in the paint represent its most points in the paint in the last 17 games, since scoring 44 points in the paint vs. Charlotte, 6/18.
  • With her six assists tonight, Tamika Catchings needs just four for 600 in her WNBA career.
  • With an 18-11 record, the Fever has its best record after 29 games
  • The Fever is now 8-5 against the Western Conference and will finish the season with a winning record against the West for the first time ever. The Fever will play its last game against a Western Conference opponent on Saturday vs. the San Antonio Silver Stars.
  • Vanessa Hayden's four blocked shots tonight tied her season-best.


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