White, Catchings Lead Fever Past Dream

STAR OF THE GAME
Tan White
White finished with season-highs in points (24) and assists (5). White eclipsed the 20-point mark in both of Indiana's games at Atlanta this season.
UNSUNG HERO
Tamika Catchings
Catchings picked up a double-double for the second straight game by totaling 20 points and 10 boards. She hit a jumper with 1:04 to play, and later sealed the game with a pair of free throws.
QUOTABLE
Lin Dunn
On White and Catchings:
“If you wanted me to say who I thought was our hero, tonight I’d tell you Tan White. Catchings had another big game and was key with 10-of-12 free throws. But Tan came off the bench was clutch for us all night off the bench. Not only did she score 24 points, she shot well, she stayed within herself and did everything we needed her to do.”

Tan White
On Execution:
“We stuck to our game plan all night. We played through all 24 seconds on the shot clock and we executed our plays – especially in the end when we just ran what we practiced. That was our focus.”

HIDDEN NUMBERS
Points in the paint:
Fever 26, Dream 32
Second-chance points:
Fever 6, Dream 9
Fast-break points:
Fever 9, Dream 5
Points off turnovers:
Fever 13, Dream 24
Starters scoring:
Fever 51, Dream 58
Bench scoring:
Fever 30, Dream 19
GAME REPORT
Fever 81, Dream 77
September 8, 2008 at Philips Arena (Atlanta, GA)
Box Score | WNBA Recap

Team Record 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Indiana 15-16 19 15 28 19 81
at Atlanta 3-29 15 15 28 19 77

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.


  • Tan White came off the bench for a season-high 24 points on 8-of-15 shooting. She added five assists and gave the Fever its final go-ahead bucket with a 9-foot jumper in the lane with 28 seconds to play.
  • Tamika Catchings had 20 points and a game-high 10 rebounds.
  • Indiana plays back-to-back, traveling to Minnesota early Tuesday morning and playing the Lynx Tuesday evening.