Douglas, Catchings spark 17-point Fever comeback

STAR OF THE GAME
Katie Douglas
The Fever needed a spark for its comeback, and Douglas was the one to provide it. The Indiana native scored 23 points including three 3-pointers, all of which came in the second half. Seventeen of her 23 points came during the Fever's second-half comeback.
UNSUNG HERO
Tamika Catchings
The All-Star forward was her usual versatile self, contributing 15 points, six assists, two steals, two blocks and the game tying 3-pointer with 9:12 remaining in the fourth quarter.
QUOTABLE
Lin Dunn
In general:
I have to give the fans a lot of credit. When we began our run in the fourth, our fans got so loud it was a big boost for us. Detroit came out extremely hot in the first half, but then cooled off in the second. Briann January gave us a big boost. Her defense on Nolan (Deanna) was great. We got behind but we never got down. Our bench came through again. We seemed to be a little lethargic in the first half. When we hit the three threes in the second half, it really picked us up. It is really a treat for our team to beat the World Champions two games in a row."

Katie Douglas
On the win
I am really proud of our team. This early in the season Detroit has a great roster and to get a win up there and then get down by 17 and persevere and come back, last year we would not have been able to do that. Our chemistry is really good with this group, since we were together last year also. And our new players coming in have fit our chemistry. We were able to battle back one possession at a time.

HIDDEN NUMBERS
Points in the paint:
Fever 22, Shock 26
Second-chance points:
Fever 12, Shock 11
Fast-break points:
Fever 6, Shock 13
Points off turnovers:
Fever 20, Shock 17
Starters scoring:
Fever 65, Shock 41
Bench scoring:
Fever 17, Shock 19
GAME REPORT
Fever 82, Shock 70
June 21, 2009 at Conseco Fieldhouse (Indianapolis, Ind.)
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Team Record 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Detroit 1-4 24 24 12 10 70
at Indiana 4-2 23 14 17 28 82

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.-The Indiana Fever overcame a 17-point deficit in the second half to beat the Detroit Shock 82-70 on Sunday evening and deny Rick Mahorn his first win as Detroit coach.

It was Mahorn's second game as head coach since Bill Laimbeer resigned.

Katie Douglas scored 23 points and Tamika Catchings had 15 points and six assists for the Fever (4-2), who won their fourth straight after losing their first two.

Deanna Nolan scored 16 points and Katie Smith added 15 for the Shock (1-4), who are off to their worst start since 2002.

Detroit led 60-54 at the end of the third quarter, but Douglas and Catchings made back-to-back 3-pointers at the beginning of the fourth quarter to tie the game. Indiana took the lead for good on a 3-pointer by Tamecka Dixon.


Game Notes

  • With today's win, the Fever has won at least four in a row for just the fifth time in its history and the current winning streak is the team's longest since a franchise record six in a row in July 2007.
  • The Shock have lost three games in a row, its longest streak since losing its last four games of July 2008.
  • Katie Smith's first steal tonight was the 300th of her WNBA career and she is the first player in league history with 5,000 points, 1,000 rebounds, 900 assists and 300 steals in her career.
  • With her two blocked shots tonight, Tammy Sutton-Brown became just the sixth player in league history to reject 400 shots in her WNBA career.
  • The Fever have now won two in a row against the Shock for the first time since a five-game winning streak that spanned the 2004 and 2005 seasons.