|STAR OF THE GAME
With 16.9 left in the game, Hoffman's 3-pointer gave the Fever a one-point lead. She totaled 17 points, eight rebounds and two assists.
Before leaving early in the fourth quarter to injury, Catchings led the Fever with 18 points, 12 rebounds, five assists and four steals.
“Our players stepped up when Catch (Tamika Catchings) went out. Our missed free throws hurt us a lot. It hurts most because we had the game won. We didn’t switch on Lennox (Betty) and she made the three. Atlanta stepped up when they needed to. We put ourselves in a position to win, but our defense failed us.”
On Tamika Catchings' Injury:
“She got kicked in the right Achilles. They are evaluating her at the present time.”
On The Last Quarter:
“It was bad loss, a real bad loss. Atlanta might be the last team in the league standings, but they aren’t a bad team. We’ll need to pick up the pieces to play a great team, Seattle, on Friday.”
Points in the paint:
Fever 26, Dream 24
Fever 17, Dream 17
Fever 3, Dream 12
Points off turnovers:
Fever 12, Dream 11
Fever 51, Dream 64
Fever 26, Dream 17
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Iziane Castro Marques scored 24 points to lead the Atlanta Dream to their third win of the season, an 81-77 victory Wednesday against the Indiana Fever.
Betty Lennox scored 11 of her 16 points in the fourth quarter, and former Indiana center Alison Bales added eight points and 11 rebounds for the expansion Dream (3-19). Atlanta has won three of its last five games after an 0-17 start.
Indiana forward Tamika Catchings had 18 points, 12 rebounds and five assists before re-injuring her right heel with 6:46 left in the fourth quarter. Catchings, who missed the first eight games of the season because of an Achilles' tendon injury, was kicked in the foot and did not return to the game.
Katie Douglas had 17 points and nine rebounds, and Ebony Hoffman added 17 points and eight rebounds for the Fever (10-10), who ended their five-game home winning streak.
Indiana, which trailed by as many as 10 points in the third quarter, took a 63-61 lead on Hoffman's 3-pointer with 5:30 left in the fourth. The Dream regained a 73-71 advantage following consecutive 3s by Lennox.
The Fever closed within 78-77 on Hoffman's 3-pointer with 16 seconds left, but Lennox hit two free throws. Hoffman missed a 3-point attempt with 8 seconds remaining.
With today's loss the Fever's home winning streak come to an end at five in a row.
With 18 points and a season-high 12 rebounds, Tamika Catchings registered her first double-double of the season. Catchings also led the Fever with five assists and is the third Indiana player this season (joining Douglas and Hoffman) to lead her team in points, rebounds and assists in the same game.
Today's loss is the Fever's second of the season (5-2) in a game in which it outrebounded the opposition. The Fever outrebounded Atlanta, 37-36, today.
The Fever hit 10-26 3-pt FG today and it is the third time in 2008 that the Fever has had 10+ 3-pt FG in a single game.
Ebony Hoffman's 17 points included 3-6 from 3-pt range, tying her most 3-pt FG made. She has made 12 3-pt FG this season, four more than her first four WNBA seasons combined.
In her last six games, Hoffman has shot 10-17 from 3-pt range (.588).
Today's loss was also the Fever's second of the season (4-2) in a game in which it outscored the opposition in the paint. The Fever had a two-point edge in the paint (26-24) today.
The Dream's Iziane Castro Marquez scored a season-high 24 points today.
Alison Bales' 11 rebounds against her former team tied her career-high.
Kristin Haynie's game-high seven assists today represent her second best total of the campaign.
Atlanta's 81 points are the second most allowed by the Fever this season, and the most given up in a non-overtime contest. The New York Liberty scored 102 points in its triple-overtime win over Indiana at New York, 6/26.
The Fever had 11 steals today, its 11th game with double-digit thefts this season.