Fever Comes Up Short In Houston

STAR OF THE GAME
Tammy Sutton-Brown
Sutton-Brown led the Fever with 13 points, six rebounds and four blocked shots.
UNSUNG HERO
Tamika Catchings
Catchings contributed 10 points, three rebounds and two assists during the Fever's tough loss.
QUOTABLE
Lin Dunn
In General:
"We need to go home and regroup. We haven't had a practice in about 12 days because we've had a game or have been flying everyday. We need to put ourselves back together. We weren't as sharp as we need to be. The biggest factor was our 26 turnovers, a lot of which were unforced. We looked out of sync."

Tamika Catchings
In General:
"It was a tough loss, especially after fighting so hard in triple overtime in New York the other night. We can't afford to have these lapses, it was very disappointing."

HIDDEN NUMBERS
Points in the paint:
Fever 16, Comets 36
Fast-break points:
Fever 7, Comets 14
Points off turnovers:
Fever 19, Comets 29
Starters scoring:
Fever 45, Comets 41
Bench scoring:
Fever 16, Comets 34
GAME REPORT
Comets 75, Fever 61
June 28, 2008 at Reliant Arena (Houston, Tex.)
Box Score | WNBA Recap

Team Record 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Indiana 7-8 14 15 18 14 61
at Houston 7-8 20 19 15 21 75

HOUSTON(AP) -- Matee Ajavon scored a season-high 24 points, tying a Houston rookie record, and the Comets pulled away in the fourth quarter for their fourth straight win, 75-61 over the Indiana Fever on Saturday night.

After the Fever (7-8) cut the lead to four on Alison Bales' 3-pointer to open the fourth quarter, Houston went on a 19-3 run to up the lead to 73-53 on Michelle Snow's two free throws with 1:49 remaining. Sancho Lyttle scored seven points in the run, and Snow netted six.

Ajavon tied the Houston rookie record set by Tina Thompson against Cleveland on July 29, 1997, the WNBA's inaugural season. Thompson missed her second straight game with a fractured left ring finger.

Ajavon scored 13 of the Comets' 19 points in the second quarter as Houston (7-8) took a 39-29 lead into halftime. Ajavon scored the first seven points of the quarter, and Mistie Williams' layup with 7:24 remaining capped a 9-0 run and gave Houston its largest lead of the half at 29-14.

Lyttle added 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Comets, and Snow had 12 points and six boards. Hamchetou Maiga-Ba scored 10 points for the Comets, who snapped a four-game losing streak to the Fever dating to 2006.

Tammy Sutton-Brown scored 13 points, and Tameka Catchings added 10 points on 3-of-9 shooting. Indiana committed 26 turnovers, which Houston turned into 29 points.