Fever Tops Silver Stars In Come-From-Behind Fashion

STAR OF THE GAME
TAMIKA WHITMORE
Whitmore finished with a game-high 26 points on 11 field goals. She had 15 of her 26 in the second half as Indiana surged from behind.
UNSUNG HERO
TAN WHITE
White had 18 points off Indiana’s bench, with 10 of her 18 coming in the fourth quarter alone.
QUOTABLE
BRIAN WINTERS
In general:
“San Antonio was shooting the lights out but our defense was playing well. I had to take Tully (Bevilaqua) out when she got her fourth foul but thank goodness I could get her back in. We made a heck of a run. We made stops when we needed to.”

On second half comeback:
“That’s the loudest crowd I’ve heard since I’ve been here. We made an exciting comeback. The team’s play makes the crowd loud. San Antonio went small in the fourth quarter so we went small. The main thing is we got stops and steals. We knew they were good three point shooters.”

TAN WHITE
On coming from behind:
“We upped the intensity. In the first half, we were not there. We weren’t playing aggressively. In the fourth quarter, once we started getting some steals everything started going our way. The first three quarters of the game, the fans weren’t in it and we weren’t playing Fever basketball. Once we picked it up, we were feeding off their energy. We need the fan support going into the playoffs.”

HIDDEN NUMBERS
Points in the paint:
Silver Stars 18, Fever 40
Second-chance points:
Silver Stars 9, Fever 14
Fast-break points:
Silver Stars 2, Fever 13
Points off turnovers:
Silver Stars 15, Fever 27
Starters scoring:
Silver Stars 46, Fever 51
Bench scoring:
Silver Stars 24, Fever 25
GAME REPORT
Fever 76, Silver Stars 70
August 5, 2006 at Conseco Fieldhouse (Indianapolis, Ind.)
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Team Record 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
San Antonio 12-18 21 18 20 11 70
at Indiana 19-11 18 16 15 27 76

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Fever erased a 16-point second half deficit and finished the game on a 21-4 run before coming away with a 76-70 win Saturday night in Conseco Fieldhouse. It was the Fever’s largest come-from-behind victory this season.

Fittingly, in a game featuring the 2006 Fever, it was a pair of defensive plays that helped seal the win down the stretch for Indiana (19-11). Trailing by three points with 26 seconds left, San Antonio had possession and a chance to pull within one or tie the game with at 3-point shot. However, Tully Bevilaqua came up with the Fever’s 20th steal of the game as Indiana re-gained possession.

La’Tangela Atkinson was then fouled on the Fever’s ensuing trip down the floor. Atkinson missed the first three throw, and made the second. Atkinson’s second free throw gave Indiana a 74-70 lead with 10.1 seconds remaining.

The Silver Stars had one final opportunity to make something happen, however Tamika Catchings stole the ball from San Antonio’s Shanna Zolman. Tamika Whitmore then added the exclamation point for Indiana with an uncontested break-away lay-up with 1.8 seconds left. The Fever finished the game with a season-high 21 steals.

Whitmore finished with a game-high 26 points, while shooting 11-of-23 from the floor. Catchings tallied 18 points and tied a season-high with seven steals, while reserve guard Tan White also had 18 off the bench for Indiana. Bevilaqua matched Catchings with a career-high seven steals.

Agnieszka Bibrzycka and Shannon Johnson each had 14 points for San Antonio, which fell to 12-18 this season. Indiana native Shanna Zolman also had 14, including four 3’s, off the bench for the Silver Stars.

San Antonio used a 14-4 run, including nine unanswered, to lead by 11 points midway through the second quarter. Zolman’s 3-pointer against the shot clock over a pair of Indiana defenders extended the Silver Stars’ lead back to double digits, 33-22. Indiana closed the gap to three points late in the second, however would trail 39-34 at halftime.

Johnson scored the first nine points for San Antonio to open the third as the Silver Stars led 48-36. San Antonio would go on to outscore Indiana 13-2 in the first three minutes of the third quarter before enjoying its largest lead of the game. The Silver Stars led by 16 following a jumper from Sophia Young. Johnson finished with 12 points in the third.

The Fever cut San Antonio’s lead down to eight following White’s triple from the right corner at the 5:53 mark of the fourth quarter. Indiana then scored five points in 42 seconds to cut it to three, 66-63. Indiana’s run extended to 11 unanswered. Following a pair of free throws from Whitmore, Bevilaqua’s steal and ensuing fast-break lay-up from Atkinson made the score 70-63, Indiana, with 2:37 left in regulation.


Notes:
  • The Fever's comeback from a 16-point third-quarter deficit is Indiana's largest comeback of the season. The previous biggest comeback had been a 14-point come-from-behind win at New York, 6/13, which the Fever won 80-78 in overtime.
  • The Fever is now 14-0 when scoring 70 points and tonight's win is Indiana's sixth (6-11) when allowing 70+ points to the opposition.
  • The Fever has won six of its last nine games and with a record of 19-11 is eight games above .500 for the first time this season. This is the Fever's best record ever after 30 games.
  • San Antonio's nine 3-pt FG made are the most by any Fever opponent this season and are one off the most by the Silver Stars this season.
  • Tamika Whitmore has led the Fever in scoring for the 13th time this season and scored 20+ points for the 10th time this season. That ties the number of 20-point games in her first seven WNBA seasons combined.
  • While scoring a bench-high 18 points, Tan White also tied a career-high with six rebounds tonight.
  • The Fever's 40 points in the paint is its most since scoring a season-high 44 in the paint in the overtime win vs. Charlotte, 6/18. Indiana has scored 40+ points in the paint three time this season.
  • San Antonio's 18 points in the paint represent just the second time this season that an Indiana opponent has scored less than 20 points in the paint. Seattle scored just 16 points in the paint at Conseco Fieldhouse, 6/11.
  • Shooting better than 53 percent from the floor through three periods (22-41, .537), the Silver Stars made just 4-12 FG (.333) in the fourth quarter and made just one in the final seven minutes of the game.
  • San Antonio's Shanna Zolman made 4-6 3-pt FG tonight, tying her second most 3-pt FG made this season. In the previous three games she had shot 0-5 from long range. Her 14 points tonight ties her second best output of the season and she has scored 10+ points nine times.


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