Fever topples Sky, extends win streak to 10
|STAR OF THE GAME
Sutton-Brown was the main reason for the Fever dominating the paint, scoring 22 points on 10-of-11 shooting.
The versatile All-Star had an amazing overall performance, stuffing the box score with 16 points, eight rebounds, eight assists, and six steals.
"Chicago is a very, very good team. This was a very tough fought game. We matched their runs late in the game. We really attacked the paint. I'm concerned we didn't defend the three better. Any of our players on any given night can score for us. Yolanda Griffith is helping tremendously with our post players. We have a very unselfish team. This is our tenth season and we have a 10 game winning streak."
On the game:
“Coach Dunn rides us hard but it is definitely making us better. The win streak is more exciting for the fans. To us this is a business. We are not thinking about number 10, just the next game. We like playing with the kids in the crowd. It’s doing the little things correctly that will bring you a win in end. We are now focused on Atlanta, not the playoffs down the road. Wins are a lot easier when everybody scores. It makes it hard for the defense to guard us. It is like pick your poison.”
Points in the paint:
Fever 50, Sky 24
Fever 17, Sky 5
Fever 8, Sky 3
Points off turnovers:
Fever 25, Sky 17
Fever 74, Sky 41
Fever 10, Sky 33
INDIANAPOLIS -- Tammy Sutton-Brown scored 22 points and Tamika Catchings did a little bit of everything to help the Indiana Fever defeat the Chicago Sky 84-74 on Wednesday for their 10th straight win.
Catchings, the top vote-getter for the All-Star game, had 16 points, eight rebounds, eight assists and six steals. Ebony Hoffman scored 18 points and All-Star Katie Douglas added 13 points and eight assists for the Fever (10-2). Indiana is tied for the seventh-longest win streak in WNBA history.
Candice Dupree led Chicago (7-8) with 17 points and 10 rebounds, but fellow All-Star Sylvia Fowles sat out with a sore right knee.
Indiana led 43-33 at halftime and stretched the lead to 17 in the second half. A season-high crowd of 10,051 turned out for the matinee start.
With today's win, the Fever has extended its franchise record winning streak to 10 in a row. While the Fever's streak matches the seventh longest in WNBA history, it is the second longest such streak for an Eastern Conference team. The longest streak ever by a team from the East is Connecticut's 12-game run from July 16 to August 9, 2006. Only four teams in WNBA history have streaks of at least 10 straight games.
With her 3-pt FG today, Katie Douglas became just the seventh player in WNBA history to make 400+ 3-pt FG in her career. Douglas is the first player in league history to amass 3,200 points, 1,000 rebounds, 400 steals and 400 3-pt FG in her career.
With her first bucket of the game Ebony Hoffman scored the 1,000th point of her WNBA career and she became just the fourth player in franchise history to reach this mark.
With her 13 points today, Katie Douglas has scored in double figures in 12 straight games, tying the sixth longest streak in Fever history. Her streak is the second longest for any player not named Catchings. Natalie Williams had 10+ points in 17 straight games stretched between the 2003 and 2004 seasons.
The Fever tied a season-high with 26 assists, including eight each from Tamika Catchings and Katie Douglas. Catchings's eight is her most this season and Douglas's eight is her most ever with the Fever. Douglas had eight while playing for the Connecticut Sun.
Tamika Catchings also tied a season-high with six steals. She has hit this mark three times in 2009.
Tammy Sutton-Brown tied a season-high with a game-high 22 points on 10-11 FG. That is the highest single-game shooting percentage (minimum 5 FGA) by a Fever player this season
The Fever dominated the paint today, outscoring the Sky 50-24. Indiana's total is its highest of the season.
With 21, the Fever forced its opponent into 20+ turnovers for the seventh time in 12 games.
Today's win is the Fever's second straight wire-to-wire victory.
Tully Bevilaqua was credited with two blocked shots today, her first this season with multiple rejections.
Bevilaqua also tied her season-best with four assists and she has reached that mark in each of the last two games.
Having hit 36-71 FG (.507), the Fever shot 50+ percent from the floor for just the third time in 2009.
Chicago shot 28-55 FG (.509), marking just the second time (and first time in 10 games) that an Indiana opponent had hit 50+ percent from the field.
The Fever shot a season-low tying seven free throws today and made six, which also tied its lowest total of the campaign. In its last two games, Indiana has shot 12-14 FT combined.. In its first 10 games, the Fever averaged 25.9 free throw attempts and 19.3 free throws made per game.
In her first nine appearances this season, Briann January made a total of four 3-pt FG. She has hit a season-high two in each of the last two games, giving her four in those two games alone.