|STAR OF THE GAME
The Fever bounced back behind Catchings' team-high 23 points. She sank four 3-pointers to go along with seven rebounds, two steals and two blocked shots.
With three blocks tonight Sutton-Brown now owns the franchise record for blocks in a single season with 52, but she also scored 21 points on 9-of-14 shooting.
“It sure feels better tonight than it did [Thursday]. I’m glad our players responded to the adversity of the other night. Our game plan was to put the ball on the floor, drive and get to the free throw line. We need to have our defensive intensity the entire game. We have a major challenge of going on the road for four games. We’re not only battling for fourth place, we’re also battling to move up to third or second.”
On Rebounding From Thursday's Loss:
“Our intensity as a team was better. Our practice yesterday was strictly on defense and how we were going to play. Our defense tonight sparked our offense. As a team we talk a lot more on offense and defense. Out there we seem more together and more focused. Our fans didn’t deserve the kind of effort we put out Thursday. Tonight we came out and played a good 40 minutes.”
Points in the paint:
Fever 28, Dream 34
Fever 10, Dream 4
Fever 3, Dream 2
Points off turnovers:
Fever 18, Dream 21
Fever 79, Dream 61
Fever 8, Dream 11
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Tamika Catchings had 23 points and seven rebounds, and the Indiana Fever beat the Atlanta Dream 87-72 on Saturday night.
Katie Douglas and Tammy Sutton-Brown each had 21 points, marking the first time in franchise history that Indiana had three players score 20 or more points in the same game. Ebony Hoffman grabbed 14 rebounds for the Fever (13-15).
Indiana, which had dropped six of eight entering Saturday, was coming off the worst regular-season home loss in franchise history, 84-58 to Connecticut on Thursday.
Betty Lennox finished with 27 points and Erika DeSouza chipped in 15 for the Dream (3-26), who lost their seventh consecutive game.
Indiana led by as many as 19 points in the first half but allowed Atlanta to get within 70-62 on Iziane Castro Marques' basket with 5:30 left in the game.
The Fever answered with a 7-2 run, including Sutton-Brown's three-point play, for a 77-64 lead with 3 minutes remaining.
With today's win the Fever's home losing streak has come to an end at four in a row which tied the second longest streak in franchise history
With her appearance tonight, Ebony Hoffman has played in 159 regular season games, tying Kelly Schumacher for the second most games played ever in a Fever uniform.
With her three tonight, Tammy Sutton-Brown has 52 blocked shots this season, setting a Fever franchise single-season record.
Hoffman collected a career-high 14 rebounds to lead the Fever tonight. She got seven of those boards at the offensive end, which is also a career-high.
With her seven offensive boards tonight, Ebony Hoffman has gathered in a career-high 78 for the season. She is second in the WNBA in offensive rebounds and leads the Eastern Conference in that department.
Including Tamika Catchings' 23, the Fever had three players with 20+ points in the same game for the first time in its history. Katie Douglas and Tammy Sutton-Brown added 21 points apiece.
Sutton-Brown's 21 points are just two short of her career-high set earlier this season.
Indiana made 29-61 from the floor tonight for a season-high tying 47.5 percent. The Fever shot an identical number vs. New York, 6/18.
Katie Douglas added a team-high six assists, one short of her most this season. Her six tonight are her most since having seven at Atlanta, 6/13.
The Fever's 87 points are one short of its most in a non-overtime game this season and it is the most in regulation that Indiana has scored at Conseco Fieldhouse in 2008. The Fever scored a 88 points at Phoenix, 7/27.
In the last three games, Tamika Catchings has shot 10-12 from 3-pt range (.833).
In a game in which the Fever had 19 turnovers, Tully Bevilaqua had no miscues in 32 minutes of play. She has had five assists, six steals and no turnovers in the last three games. For the season, Bevilaqua is second in the league with a steals-to-turnover ratio of 1.59-to-1.