|STAR OF THE GAME
Catchings totaled a season-high 18 points and led the team in scoring for the second time in her eight games. She also added six rebounds, three assists and two steals.
Sutton-Brown posted her third double-double of the season with 11 points, 12 rebounds, three blocked shots and two assists.
“We played in spurts tonight, and there were times when our effort was not what it should be. I was disappointed that we did not shut this team down. We had great minutes out of Catch (Tamika Catchings), and this was probably the best game we’ve gotten out of her since she came back. I was pleased with the bench play. They were aggressive and had high energy. I’m concerned with our rebounding, and we must do better boxing out.”
“We played well in spurts and had some good defensive rotations. We need a game where we play 40 minutes instead of three minutes here and four minutes there. We need to be ready for Connecticut because they are playing really well right now.”
Points in the paint:
Fever 24, Sky 36
Fever 9, Sky 12
Fever 8, Sky 14
Points off turnovers:
Fever 17, Sky 8
Fever 41, Sky 53
Fever 33, Sky 14
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Tamika Catchings scored a season-high 18 points and the Indiana Fever beat the Chicago Sky 74-67 on Wednesday night.
Katie Douglas had 12 points and Tammy Sutton-Brown added 11 points and 12 rebounds for the Fever (8-8), who improved to 7-2 all-time against Chicago and 4-1 at Conseco Fieldhouse.
Catchings added six rebounds, three assists and two steals in her eighth game of the season after missing the team's first eight. She suffered a torn right Achilles' tendon in last year's Eastern Conference finals and underwent surgery in September.
Candice Dupree finished with 20 points and 13 rebounds, Dominique Canty scored 16 and Jia Perkins chipped in 13 for Chicago (5-10), which had won two straight following a five-game losing streak.
The Fever pushed a seven-point first-quarter lead to 35-20 on Douglas' 3-pointer with 6:34 left in the second quarter. Catchings shot 4-of-5 from the field in the first half and scored 13 points.
Indiana, which led by as many as 16 points in the third quarter, took its biggest lead, 67-49, on Catchings' three-point play with 7 minutes left.
Dating back to last season, the Fever has won two in a row, and four of its last five against the Sky. The Fever is now 4-1 all-time at Conseco Fieldhouse vs. Chicago and has won three straight home games vs. the Sky.
Tonight's game is the first of three meetings this season between Indiana and Chicago, all of which will occur within the next three weeks. The Sky will return to Conseco Fieldhouse in exactly 10 days (7/12) and the Fever will make its only trip to Chicago exactly 10 days after that (7/22).
With a season-high 18 points, Tamika Catchings led the Fever in scoring for the second time in her eight games. Catchings added a bench-high six boards, one short of her season. With Catchings coming off the bench, Indiana is now 2-2, compared to 1-3 in her four starts this season.
With 11 points and a team-high 12 boards, Tammy Sutton-Brown posted her third double-double of the season tonight.
Sutton-Brown added three blocked shots, her fourth straight outing with multiple rejections. She is averaging a team-high 1.93 bpg this season.
Including Catchings' 18 points, the Fever bench scored 33 points tonight, its most in any game this season. In the previous three games the bench averaged just 12.0 ppg.
Ebony Hoffman's 3-pt FG tonight was her career-high sixth of the season. In her first four seasons, Hoffman made a total of eight and hit five in her rookie year (2004).
Dominique Canty's 16 points tonight are a season-high
Candice DuPree led the Sky with 20 points and 13 rebounds, giving her sixth double-double of the season and her fourth in the last six games.
Chicago's 12-25 FT (.480) represents the lowest free throw percentage by a Fever opponent this season.
Tonight's win is the Fever's third (3-7) this season in a game in which it was outrebounded (40-34) by its opponent.
After giving up 73+ points in five consecutive games, the Fever held the Sky to just 67 points tonight--the sixth time it has held an opponent under 70 points in 2008.