Fever Comes Up Short In Triple OT

STAR OF THE GAME
Ebony Hoffman
Hoffman set a career-high in scoring for the second straight game as she finished with 26 points, inlcuding a career-best three three-pointers, and eight rebounds before fouling out.
UNSUNG HERO
Tammy Sutton-Brown
Sutton-Brown played 50 minutes and made the most of it setting career-highs in points (23) and rebounds (15).
QUOTABLE
Lin Dunn
On Hoffman:
“Ebony has done a great job, she has taken advantage of being in the starting lineup. She has asserted herself and been really aggressive. Losing her when she fouled out was really a big blow. I thought two really big factors were losing Ebony and the fact that they shot 30 free throws to our 17. We couldn’t overcome that difference.”

HIDDEN NUMBERS
Points in the paint:
Fever 34, Liberty 36
Fast-break points:
Fever 4, Liberty 2
Points off turnovers:
Fever 19, Liberty 19
Starters scoring:
Fever 86, Liberty 95
Bench scoring:
Fever 10, Liberty 7
GAME REPORT
Liberty 102, Fever 96
June 26, 2008 at Madison Square Garden(New York, NY)
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Team Record 1st 2nd 3rd 4th OT 2OT 3OT Final
Indiana 7-7 16 21 18 17 16 4 4 96
at New York 7-6 16 14 24 18 16 4 10 102

NEW YORK(AP) -- Janel McCarville scored a career-high 31 points and Shameka Christon had six of her 23 in the third overtime, lifting the New York Liberty to a 102-96 victory over the Indiana Fever on Thursday night.

Essence Carson had 18 points, Loree More added 12 and Cathrine Kraayeveld 11 to lead New York (7-6) in a game that tied for the second-longest for overtime periods in the regular season in league history.

Ebony Hoffman scored a career-high 26 points and Tammy Sutton-Brown had career highs with 23 points and 15 rebounds for Indiana (7-7). Katie Douglas added 18 points and Tamika Catchings had 15.

Hoffman was 11-for-19 from the field, including a career-best three 3-pointers, before fouling out with about two minutes to go in the second overtime.

After Sutton-Brown had consecutive baskets in a 33-second span to give the Fever a 96-94 lead with 2:12 left, Christon 's 3-pointer nearly a minute later started the Liberty's game-ending 8-0 run.

Kraayeveld's jumper gave New York a 92-90 lead with 1:07 left in the second overtime, but Sutton-Brown's putback with 10 seconds left tied it.

Catchings hit a 3-pointer with 4.4 seconds left in the first extra period to give the Fever an 88-87 lead. However, she was then whistled for a foul on McCarville, who missed the first free throw before hitting the second with 1 second left to send the game to a second overtime.

Hoffman and Douglas hit consecutive 3-pointers 32 seconds apart to give the Fever a 70-65 lead with 1:08 left in regulation.

McCarville hit a jumper for New York 10 seconds later, and Hoffman missed a jumper with the shot clock running down on the ensuing possession.

Carson then made a short jumper with 20.6 seconds left, but missed a potential tying free throw.

After Douglas hit two free throws 8 seconds later to push Indiana's lead to 72-69, Kraayeveld made a tying 3 from the left corner with 6.3 seconds left.

The Liberty, who rallied from a 13-point deficit in the second quarter, were 26-for-30 from the free throw line and outrebounded the Fever 46-42.


  • For the second straight game, Ebony Hoffman set a new career-high in scoring. She scored 23 against Sacramento on Tuesday and scored 26 tonight.
  • Tammy Sutton-Brown set career-highs with 23 points and 15 rebounds.
  • This was the first triple-overtime regular season game in franchise history for the Fever. Indiana lost a triple-overtime game to the Connecticut Sun in last year's playoffs.