|STAR OF THE GAME
Katie Douglas helped the Fever claw its way back into the game with a 26-point performance on seven of 11 shooting from the field and nine of nine shooting from the free throw line.
Tan White had 17 points, including a three-pointer with 6:42 in the third quarter that gave Indiana its first tie, 45-45, since the opening tip, to go along with five rebounds and six assists.
On feeling any added pressure playing without Catchings:
"I just want to be a leader of this team. We're obviously not at full force right now, so there are alot of us that have to step up. I just have to go out and play my game, and let the stats fall where they may."
On halftime adjustments:
"The biggest adjustment we made was just taking care of the basketball. We made some defensive adjustments in the post, and we continued to push the ball and attack on offense. Just taking care of the basketball - that was the difference in the second half. I thought we played hard and fought to get back in it. I thought we played well enough to win the game."
Points in the paint:
Fever 24, Shock 44
Fever 10, Shock 12
Fever 4, Shock 18
Points off turnovers:
Fever 24, Shock 25
Fever 61, Shock 34
Fever 10, Shock 42
||Fever 71, Shock 76
May 21, 2008 at The Palace of Auburn Hills (Detroit, MI)|
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AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) -- Deanna Nolan had the go-ahead jumper with 2:01 left and the Detroit Shock went on to beat the Indiana Fever 76-71 on Wednesday night.
Kara Braxton scored a career-high 22 points and fellow reserve Plenette Pierson added 20 for the Shock (2-1). Nolan finished with 14 points and eight assists.
Katie Douglas had 26 points to lead Indiana (1-1). Tan White scored 17 points and Tammy Sutton-Brown added 12, but the Fever couldn't overcome 27 turnovers.
Detroit coach Bill Laimbeer took the mercurial Braxton out of the starting lineup, and the move paid off early. Braxton came off the bench to score eight points in the first period, and Indiana turned the ball over 10 times in the quarter.
The Shock led 22-10 at the end of the period, and still had a seven-point edge at halftime, but Indiana ralled in the third, holding Detroit to 13 points.
The Fever led 58-56 going into the fourth, and were ahead until Cheryl Ford's layup put the Shock up 66-65 with 3:25 to play.
Ebony Hoffman's putback put Indiana back ahead, but baskets by Nolan and Pierson gave the Shock a 70-67 lead with 1:45 left, and Detroit held on.
Although the official attendance was 6,842, there were about only 1,500 fans in attendance for game in which the teams combined for 48 turnovers.
Indiana's 27 turnovers is the third-highest total in franchise history.
Douglas finished with a game-high 26 points. She had a game-high 24 in the Fever's season opener last Saturday. In that game, Douglas was the Fever's only scorer in double figures, but tonight Tan White and Sutton-Brown had 17 and 12, respectively.
Detroit's Kara Braxton and Plenette Pierson finished with 22 and 20 points, both off the bench, and Deanna Nolan had 14 for the defending Eastern Conference champs. Braxton's point total is a career high.
Katie Douglas hit a pair of free throws to pull within two, 73-71, but three Shock free throws sealed the win for Detroit.
Pierson blocked a Tan White 3-point attempt with 20 seconds remaining, and a foul by Ebony Hoffman put Cheryl Ford at the line for two free throws and a 73-69 advantage with 19.1 seconds to play.
Deanna Nolan gave Detroit a 68-67 lead with 2:02 remaining, then stole a pass to set up Plenette Pierson's layup with 1:38 remaining. Ebony Hoffman's bucket pulled Indiana within one, 70-69, with a minute to play.
Indiana built its largest lead at 65-60. The Shock regained the lead, 66-65, on a jumper by Cheryl Ford with 3:25 remaining, but Ebony Hoffman's putback with 2:44 to play put Indiana back on top.
Tully Bevilaqua left the contest with 8:51 in the fourth quarter, with a right hamstring cramp, but returned with under four minutes to play.
Tied at 56 on a pair of Sutton-Brown free throws, Indiana took its first lead on an Alison Bales layup with 23.5 seconds left in the third period.
Detroit led 22-10 after the first quarter, and by as many as 14 in the early-going, but 11 unanswered Fever points brought the Fever within three, 24-21, with 6:55 still in the first half. Tammy Sutton-Brown had six of those 11, and Tan White's 3-pointer with 6:42 in the third quarter gave Indiana its first tie, 45-45, since the opening tip.