Fourth Quarter Drought Sinks Fever

STAR OF THE GAME
TAMIKA WHITMORE
Whitmore finished with 16 points, while shooting 7-of-13 from the field. Thirteen of her 16 points came in the first half.
UNSUNG HERO
TAMIKA CATCHINGS
Catchings had 14 points, 12 rebounds, six steals and three assists in another all-around solid performance.
QUOTABLE
BRIAN WINTERS
In general:
“We did some good things tonight. But we gave up too many offensive rebounds in the first half. We had way too many turnovers. We did match up pretty good with Connecticut. However, we did not shoot the ball well enough to win.”

“Connecticut is a very balanced team. They’ve been together for a long time. They’ve been to the finals two years straight and there was a reason for that. We’ll go to Connecticut Friday night and see what we can do. The playoffs are a new season.”

TAMIKA CATCHINGS
In general:
“Our turnovers were key. We had careless turnovers. If we had converted on half of those turnovers, it would have been 16 points. Their offensive rebounding in the first quarter hurt us early. And we will have to find a way to take care of Jones (Asjha)."

HIDDEN NUMBERS
Points in the paint:
Sun 26, Fever 18
Second-chance points:
Sun 12, Fever 12
Fast-break points:
Sun 0, Fever 4
Points off turnovers:
Sun 20, Fever 18
Starters scoring:
Sun 42, Fever 50
Bench scoring:
Sun 29, Fever 13
GAME REPORT
Sun 71, Fever 63
August 9, 2006 at Conseco Fieldhouse (Indianapolis, Ind.)
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Team Record 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Connecticut 26-6 24 15 17 15 71
at Indiana 20-12 22 15 15 11 63

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Fever went the final 8:45 of regulation without a field goal before dropping a 71-63 decision to the visiting Connecticut Sun in Conseco Fieldhouse Wednesday night. Connecticut has now won two in a row and six of its last seven regular season games in Indiana.

Tamika Whitmore led all Indiana scorers with 16 points, shooting 7-of-14 from the field for Indiana (20-12). Tamika Catchings followed with 14 points, 12 rebounds and a game-high six steals.

Asjha Jones was the difference-maker, netting a game-high 21 points off the bench for Connecticut (26-6). Indiana native Katie Douglas had another solid game vs. the Fever, finishing with 16 points on 7-of-13 shooting. Taj McWilliams-Franklin added 14 points and a game-high 14 rebounds.

Trailing 28-24 early in the second quarter, Indiana used a 6-0 run to take its first lead since the game’s opening minutes. Whitmore’s jumper from the right wing put Indiana in front 30-28.

In a first half that saw nine ties and five lead changes, neither team led by more than four points as Indiana trailed Connecticut 39-37 at halftime. Whitmore had 13 first half points for the Fever on six field goals.

With the Sun nursing a four-point lead, Tully Bevilaqua sunk back-to-back 3’s as the Fever jumped back in front early in the second half. Ebony Hoffman’s bank-shot then put Indina in front 45-41.

Following a Sun bucket, Anna DeForge hit a 3-pointer from the right corner as Indiana enjoyed its largest lead of the game, 48-43. Connecticut, though, scored nine unanswered points to re-gain control of the game.

The Sun would never trail in the fourth quarter. Indiana crept within two points of Connecticut three times in the final stanza, but never closer as the Sun pulled away down the stretch.


Notes:
  • Tamika Catchings' 14 points and 12 rebounds gives her six double-doubles this season and 43 in her career. Catchings is ninth on the WNBA's all-time career double-doubles list.
  • With a combined seven steals tonight, the duo of Tamika Catchings and Tully Bevilaqua have 159 steals on the season, an all-time record for most thefts by a pair of teammates. With two games left on the schedule, they broke the old record of 156 set by Sheryl Swoopes and Kim Perrot of the Houston Comets in 1998.
  • With 92 steals this season, Catchings is two short of the all-time Fever record for a season that she set in 2002. She is just eight steals short of the all-time WNBA record held by Teresa Weatherspoon (1998).
  • Including Catchings' six, the Fever had 10 steals tonight, its fourth game in a row with double-digit steals.
  • Tying a career-high, Ebony Hoffman led the Fever in assists with four tonight.
  • Connecticut was led in scoring by Asjha Jones, who scored 21 points--one off her career best registered vs. L.A., 8/3.
  • Taj McWilliams-Franklin's double-double is her 12th of the season and the 49th of her career. Her eight offensive rebounds tonight tied the most ever by a Fever opposing player. Natalie Williams had eight offensive boards against the Fever, while playing for Utah, 7/29/00.
  • Connecticut's 12 offensive rebounds are the most by any Fever opponent since Chicago had 20 offensive rebounds at Conseco Fieldhouse, 6/21. Since that game against the Sky only three Fever opponents have had 10+ offensive boards.
  • Indiana's 10 steals tonight gives it 333 thefts on the season, which is the third highest total in a season in WNBA history and it is just three behind the second most (336) which Indiana accumulated last season. The all-time record for a single season is 343 set by Phoenix in 1997.
  • Playing just her second game since 7/6, the Sun's Nykesha Sales dealt a game-high five assists, matching her season-high.


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