|STAR OF THE GAME
Team-highs in points (20) and rebounds (10) weren't enough to clinch a playoff berth tonight for the Fever. This is Catchings' second double-double performance of the season.
For the fourth time this season, and second game in a row, Bevilaqua reached double figures in scoring. She finished with 11 points and a team-high four assists.
On coming back after halftime:
"After the first half, I thought our intensity was pretty good. Our goal was just to chip away, and I think we cut it to nine. We knew we weren't going to get it all back in one trip down the floor."
"It really hurt us with their post players inside. I think it hurt us that Tammy didn't play again after halftime, but they shot the ball really well, too. Let's face it, when they shoot 60 percent and we shoot 30 percent, we're probably not going to win the ballgame."
Points in the paint:
Fever 20, Shock 28
Fever 23, Shock 5
Fever 4, Shock 3
Points off turnovers:
Fever 24, Shock 23
Fever 53, Shock 42
Fever 15, Shock 48
||Shock 90, Fever 68
September 5, 2008 at The Palace of Auburn Hills (Detroit, MI)|
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AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) -- Plenette Pierson scored 20 points and Deanna Nolan had 17 of her 19 points in the first half to help the Detroit Shock beat the Indiana Fever 90-68 Friday night.
Kara Braxton scored 12 and rookie Alexis Hornbuckle added 10 as the Shock finished off a three-game season sweep of Indiana.
Tamika Catchings scored 20 and Ebony Hoffman added 12 for Indiana, which had their two-game winning streak snapped.
Pierson was returning from a four-game suspension for the July 22 brawl against Los Angeles.
The game was tied at 17 early in the second quarter, but Detroit scored the next 16 points to take control. Nolan had seven points in the run and Hornbuckle had six.
The Shock led by 20 during the period and were up 46-29 at halftime.
Pistons forward and Olympic gold medalist Tayshaun Prince attended the game.
Both the Shock and Fever connected on eight 3-point attempts. The Shock did so in 12 attempts while it took the Fever 28 tries from beyond the arc.
Detroit commanded a 46-29 lead at the intermission. Indiana cut the deficit to nine in the third quarter, but got no closer.
Detroit shot 61.5 percent from the floor overall, and Indiana shot 30.9 percent.
Indiana remains one win, or one Chicago loss, from clinching its fourth straight playoff berth. The Sky plays at New York on Sunday, with Indiana at Atlanta and Minnesota, Monday and Tuesday, respectively.
Indiana lost the services of Tammy Sutton-Brown to a left quad contusion, late in the first half. She did not play in the second half. She is questionable for games at Atlanta and Minnesota.