Fever avenges early season loss to Atlanta

STAR OF THE GAME
Tamika Catchings
The Fever's All-Star stuffed the box score in every way possible, recording 19 points, five assists, and nine rebounds. Catchings also showed why she was the preseason favorite to win Defensive Player of the Year, garnering six steals and one block.
UNSUNG HERO
Tamecka Dixon
The 12-year veteran showed her savvy and hustle, collecting five timely rebounds in addition to four points on 1-of-4 shooting.
QUOTABLE
Lin Dunn
In general:
"I have to give Atlanta credit. They are big, strong and quick and gave us lots of problems. Our bench came through with some of our starters struggling. It was gut check time for us when they took a six-point lead. However, we never got rattled. Briann (January) and Jessica (Moore) made big buckets. In crunch time our defense stepped up. Our rebounding was big."

Tammy Sutton-Brown
In general:
"We are very focused right now. Defense is our staple and we feed off of it. We work on it every day in practice. We are learning from each game. Briann's (January) shot was big at the end of the third quarter. It gave us lots of momentum. Rebounding is about hard work. It has been a focus of ours all year."

HIDDEN NUMBERS
Points in the paint:
Fever 28 , Dream 30
Second-chance points:
Fever 11, Dream 13
Fast-break points:
Fever 6, Dream 14
Points off turnovers:
Fever 15, Dream 20
Starters scoring:
Fever 60, Dream 44
Bench scoring:
Fever 18, Dream 30
GAME REPORT
Fever 78, Dream 74
July 5, 2009 at Conseco Fieldhouse (Indianapolis, Ind.)
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Team Record 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Atlanta 5-7 18 20 21 15 74
at Indiana 8-2 20 19 19 20 78

INDIANAPOLIS -- Tammy Sutton-Brown had 22 points and nine rebounds, leading the Indiana Fever past the Atlanta Dream 78-74 on Sunday for their franchise-best eighth straight victory.

Tamika Catchings added 19 points, nine rebounds and six steals, and Katie Douglas scored 10 for the Fever (8-2), who avenged a season-opening loss to Atlanta to remain the WNBA's best team.

Sancho Lyttle had 18 points, Erika de Souza and Angel McCoughtry each scored 15 for the Dream (5-7), who lost for the third time in four games.

Trailing by one entering the fourth quarter, Indiana went on an 8-0 run to take a 66-59 lead. Sutton-Brown scored seven of the points, including an acrobatic shot while falling.

McCoughtry's layup got the Dream within 76-74 with 19 seconds left, but following Tully Bevilaqua's free throw, Jennifer Lacy's 3-pointer came up short.


Game Notes

  • With tonight's win, the Fever has extended its franchise record winning streak to eight in a row. Indiana has won six straight at home, tying the third longest streak in Fever history.
  • Tammy Sutton-Brown hit the 20-point mark for the first time this season and her 22 points were four short of her career best set last season. Sutton-Brown was 8-8 from the foul line, the most made in one game by any Fever player this season without a miss.
  • Sutton-Brown added a game-high tying nine rebounds, including five offensive boards.
  • Tamika Catchings' 19 points included 10-11 FT and that is the most free throws made by any Indiana player this season.
  • Indiana collected a season-high 17 steals tonight, one off the most by any WNBA team this season. The Dream had a league season-high 18 thefts vs. Washington, 7/3.
  • Tamika Catchings' six steals tied her season-high.
  • While the Fever had seven fewer turnovers than Atlanta, Indiana gave up 20 points off turnovers while scoring 15 points off the Dream's 21 miscues.
  • Atlanta's 45 percent shooting from the floor represents the third best mark by a Fever opponent this season and is the best by a Fever opponent since Seattle shot 49.0 percent from the floor.
  • Scoring in double figures for the 10th straight game, Katie Douglas had a season-low 10 points. After hitting her first three shots from the floor, Douglas made just two of her last 12 shots from the floor.
  • Ranked among the league leaders with a team-high 22 3-pt FG coming into tonight's game, Douglas was 0-2 from beyond the arc tonight.