White, Catchings Lead Fever Past Dream
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ATLANTA (AP) -- Tan White scored 24 points, including a short jumper with 28.3 seconds left in the fourth quarter, to lift the Indiana Fever to an 81-77 victory over the Atlanta Dream on Monday night.
The Fever (15-16), who have won three of their last four games, secured a playoff spot Sunday after Chicago lost to New York. Tamika Catchings added 20 points, 10 rebounds and six assists.
Atlanta (3-29) must win its last two games to avoid finishing with the fewest victories of any expansion team in WNBA history. The Dream dropped their 10th straight game, finishing the season with a home record of 1-15.
Consecutive 3-pointers by White put the Fever ahead 70-60 with 8:21 left in the fourth quarter.
Alison Bales scored on a three-point play to cut the margin down for Atlanta to one point with 3:58 remaining in the game. Iziane Castro Marques hit a 3 then Ivory Latta made a free throw with 2:08 left to give the Dream a 73-72 lead.
Betty Lennox, who led Atlanta with 19 points, made two shots from the line to help maintain a 77-76 advantage. But White answered with her jumper to put the Fever ahead for good.
Tammy Sutton-Brown, who scored 15 points, was not expected to be in the lineup after she suffered a left quadriceps bruise late in the first half against Detroit on Friday. But Sutton-Brown, the team's third leading scorer, shot 5-of-9 from the field and made five free throws.
Katie Feenstra scored 15 points, and Erika DeSouza and Latta each had 11 for the Dream.