|STAR OF THE GAME
During crucial fourth quarter minutes, Douglas scored 13 of her 25 points and totaled three rebounds and three steals for the game.
Sutton-Brown played tough inside, posting nine points, seven rebounds and one blocked shot.
“This was a real good game tonight. It was a battle and a struggle. At crunch time we really stepped up. Our defense in the second half was much better. We took much better care of the ball in the second half, and I’m pleased that we bounced back from the Washington game. In the first half we were settling for jumpers early, and in the second half we were getting to the rim.”
On The Last Quarter:
“When you’re not making shots, you need to put your head down and get to the basket. In the end I tried to step it up. Everybody was hustling and getting rebounds. It was a great defensive team effort. In the fourth quarter I felt a little fatigued and made a more conscious effort of being aggressive in the end.”
Points in the paint:
Fever 32, Sky 28
Fever 11, Sky 8
Fever 2, Sky 9
Points off turnovers:
Fever 14, Sky 14
Fever 54, Sky 46
Fever 12, Sky 11
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Katie Douglas scored 13 of her 25 points in the fourth quarter, and the Indiana Fever netted the final seven points in a 66-57 victory over the Chicago Sky on Saturday night.
Douglas scored all but 10 of the Fever's fourth-quarter points and made all 10 of her free throws to go along with 7-of-17 shooting from the field. Tan White, who scored eight points in the first quarter, was the other player in double figures with 10 for the Fever (10-9).
Candice DuPree, who made her first eight field goals, led the Sky with 19 points on 9-of-14 shooting. Jia Perkins, who sank just 4 of 16 shots, added 10 points for the Chicago (5-13), which lost its fourth straight.
After hitting their first nine shots, the Fever made just 15 of their final 54.
The fast-starting Fever built a 22-9 lead, but then went scoreless for six minutes. The Sky closed to 22-21 as DuPree scored eight points.
Despite making only four of its next 19 shots, Indiana led 32-27 at halftime.
With tonight's win the Fever extends its winning streak at Conseco Fieldhouse to five in a row. That's one win short of its longest home winning streak in 2007.
With a record of 8-2 at Conseco Fieldhouse, the Fever has tied the second best home record in the Eastern Conference, and the fourth best home mark in the WNBA. Only Detroit (9-0), San Antonio (11-1) and Seattle (11-1) have better home winning percentages than the Fever this season.
The Sky's 33.9 percent shooting from the floor is the second lowest mark by a Fever opponent this season and is the lowest since the Connecticut Sun shot just 26.2 percent FG at Mohegan Sun Arena, 5/27.
Including the Sky's 1-10, the Fever's last five opponents have shot a combined 6-47 from 3-pt range (.128).
Among the league's top 3-pt shooters this season with a mark above 40 percent (.403) coming into tonight, Jia Perkins was 0-4 from long distance and she scored just 10 points--seven points her team-high average of 17.2 ppg,
The Fever entered the fourth quarter tonight having shot 3-3 from the foul line and having been outscored, 7-3, at the line for the game. In the fourth quarter, Indiana outscored the Sky, 9-7, at the line where it shot 9-11 to Chicago's 7-10.
Including a difference of 12-4 in the fourth quarter, the Fever outscored the Sky, 32-28, in the paint. That is just the fifth time all season (4-1) that the Fever has outscored its opponent in the paint.
Katie Douglas' 25 points tonight included 10-10 from the foul line. That is just the fourth time in Fever history that a player has made 10+ free throws without a miss and Douglas is the first player besides Tamika Catchings to do so.
Douglas' 25 points are one short of her season-high and are her most since scoring 25 in the Fever's double OT win over Los Angeles, 5/29.
Tan White scored in double figures for the first time in her last eight appearances with 10 points tonight. White scored eight points on 3-3 FG and 2-2 3-pt FG, but hit just 1-9 the rest of the game, including 0-3 from 3-pt range.
The Fever built a 22-9 lead in the first quarter by making all of the its first nine shots. From there Indiana shot just 15-53 FG (.283) the rest of the game.
The Sky have now lost four in a row and have won just two of its last 10 games--since starting the season 3-4 and winning two in a row in early June.
After committing seven turnovers in the first quarter that resulted in eight points off turnovers for the Sky, Indiana had just seven miscues the rest of the game and just two in the second half.
Indiana outrebounded the Sky, 37-34, and has outrebounded its opponent just six times (5-1) this season.
Tamika Catchings tied her season-high with a team-high eight boards. Catchings also led the Fever with four assists, which also tied her most this season.
Ranked fourth in the WNBA with an average near nine rebounds a game this season, Candice Dupree was held to just five boards tonight.