Balanced Fever attack sends Sparks to third straight loss

STAR OF THE GAME
Ebony Hoffman
Hoffman had a stellar performance against her hometown team. The star forward posted 14 points, four rebounds, three steals and two blocked shots despite struggling with foul trouble.
UNSUNG HERO
Tully Bevilaqua
The Australian mighty mouse was perfect from beyond the arc, nailing 3-of-3 3-pointers. Bevilaqua also grabbed five rebounds in addition to numerous hustle plays that led to several Fever fast break opportunities.
QUOTABLE
Lin Dunn
In general:
“We showed a lot of energy tonight. We played good defense. Winning the boards was huge. We got great help from the bench. We pushed the basketball. We are playing hard and playing together. I love our two new players and we're getting them into the mix. This week we will have time to practice and get healthy.”

Katie Douglas
On the win
“I'm proud. We're facing a lot of adversity. One of our leaders goes down; we make some cuts. I'm not feeling good; Catch (Tamika Catchings) is not feeling 100 percent. We played hard for four quarters. I'm very proud of our team effort. Tonight was about composure, energy and desire. We're going to enjoy the win. We've had a rough start. We'll get some rest and get back after it to prepare for Detroit."

HIDDEN NUMBERS
Points in the paint:
Fever 22, Sparks 18
Second-chance points:
Fever 6, Sparks 8
Fast-break points:
Fever 8, Sparks 6
Points off turnovers:
Fever 26, Sparks 20
Starters scoring:
Fever 55, Sparks 45
Bench scoring:
Fever 18, Sparks 16
GAME REPORT
Fever 73, Sparks 61
June 12, 2009 at Conseco Fieldhouse (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Box Score | Recap

Team Record 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Los Angeles 1-3 16 16 12 17 61
at Indiana 2-2 27 13 23 10 73

INDIANAPOLIS - Ebony Hoffman scored 14 points, and the Indiana Fever matched their season-high with nine 3-pointers to hold off the Los Angeles Sparks 73-61 on Friday night.

Tamika Catchings had 13 points and Katie Douglas added 11 for the Fever (2-2), who won their second straight.

Retiring WNBA star Lisa Leslie led Los Angeles (1-3) with 21 points and 13 rebounds -- her first double-double of the season.

Indiana opened the third quarter on a 7-0 run and closed it with a 13-5 flurry to turn an eight-point halftime lead into a 63-44 advantage.

The Sparks didn't get closer than 12 in the fourth and lost their third straight. Los Angeles leading scorer Betty Lennox appeared to injure her right knee early in the second half.


Game Notes

  • The Fever exhibited balanced scoring, with all five starters scoring between eight and 14 points. (Tamika Catchings 13, Ebony Hoffman 14, Tammy Sutton-Brown 8, Katie Douglas 11, Tully Bevilaqua 9)
  • The Fever has beaten Los Angeles in four of its past five meetings. Indiana has won each of the past three meetings at Conseco Fieldhouse.
  • Indiana has won two straight games. The Sparks have lost three straight.
  • The Fever recorded its second largest margin of victory (12) over the Sparks. The largest margin came in 2007 when Indiana defeated Los Angeles by 13 points, 83-70.
  • Of the WNBA’s four active players remaining from its inaugural season in 1997, three played in tonight’s game – Lisa Leslie and Tina Thompson (L.A.) and Tamecka Dixon (Indiana).
  • Five players from the Beijing Olympics gold-medal game played in tonight’s game. A sixth, DeLisha Milton-Jones, did not play in tonight’s game for L.A. USA: Tamika Catchings, Lisa Leslie and Tina Thompson Australia: Tully Bevilaqua, Kristi Harrower
  • Tully Bevilaqua played the 300th game of her WNBA career.
  • Tammy Sutton-Brown started for the 250th time in her WNBA career.
  • Tammy Sutton-Brown recorded five rebounds to eclipse 1,500 for her career. She now has (1,503) in her ninth WNBA season.
  • Sutton-Brown also recorded three blocks. Now fifth in WNBA history in blocked shots (397), she is three blocks shy of her 400th.
  • Tamika Catchings had five assists to move past the 800 mark in her career (802). She is the 10th player in WNBA history ever to record 3,000 points and 800 rebounds.
  • With Catchings moving over 800 assists for her career, she joins Tamecka Dixon as just the third pair of teammates ever to boast over 800 career assists.
  • Five-year veteran Jessica Moore, waived by the Sparks on June 5, played her first game for the Fever. She recorded two points and two rebounds in 17+ minutes of play.