Fever wins OT thriller against Sun

STAR OF THE GAME
Katie Douglas
Douglas became the first Fever player to have consecutive 30 point games. KT was 10-of-21 from the field and 10-of-12 from the line.
UNSUNG HERO
Jessica Moore
Starting for the injured Tammy Sutton-Brown, Moore filled in admirably with 12 points and four rebounds.
QUOTABLE
Lin Dunn
In general:
“Before the game I said someone will come off the bench to give us a spark and it was Dixon (Tamecka). We did what we needed to do and that was put the ball on the floor and drive. This was a playoff atmosphere. The fans were terrific. I can’t say enough about gut check time. We’re trying to keep K.T. (Katie Douglas) and Catch (Tamika Catchings) rested between games. Tully (Bevilaqua) does not get the credit she deserves. She is the warrior.”

Katie Douglas
On if she was on a mission tonight?:
“No, we’re just trying to protect home court. Every game matters. This was an Eastern conference game and this one helps us to keep our home advantage. We had various people step up at various times in this win. Going into overtime we talked about the first minute and how important it is to jump on a team and get the first score. I was very proud of our team. We put our fatigue out of our mind. Both teams understand the head to head match ups and 10 days ago we were up there and were terrible.”

HIDDEN NUMBERS
Points in the paint:
Fever 26, Sun 44
Second-chance points:
Fever 17, Sun 23
Fast-break points:
Fever 9, Sun 6
Points off turnovers:
Fever 21, Sun 12
Starters scoring:
Fever 80, Sun 57
Bench scoring:
Fever 14, Sun 28
GAME REPORT
Fever 94, Sun 85 OT
July 30, 2009 at Conseco Fieldhouse (Indianapolis, Ind.)
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Team Record 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 1OT Final
Connecticut 9-8 23 17 21 23 1 85
at Indiana 14-4 26 22 14 22 10 94

INDIANAPOLIS -- Katie Douglas scored four of her 32 points in overtime and Indiana limited Connecticut to one point in the extra period as the Fever beat the Sun 94-85 on Thursday night.

The Fever (14-4) improved on the WNBA's best record and dropped Connecticut (9-8) 4 1/2 games behind them.

Douglas, who scored a career-best 34 points Tuesday against Washington, made 10 of 21 field goals and 10 of 12 free throws. She became the first Fever player to post consecutive 30-point games.

Tamika Catchings scored 23 points, and Jessica Moore, playing for injured center Tammy-Sutton Brown (toe), scored 12 for the Fever, who extended their longest single-season, home-winning streak to 10 games.

Asjha Jones led Connecticut with 21 points before fouling out on the first play of overtime.


Game Notes

  • With tonight's win Indiana has extended its home winning streak to 10 in a row, its longest ever in one season. The Fever won 13 home games in a row spanning two seasons from July 22, 2002 to July 10, 2003.
  • With its win tonight, the Fever has ensured itself of at least a split in the season series with Connecticut for the second straight season, and the third time in the last five seasons. Indiana won two of the three games with the Sun in 2008.
  • With her 32 points tonight and franchise record 34 points on Tuesday, 'Katie Douglas is the first Fever player in history with 30+ points in consecutive games.
  • In her first start ever for the Fever, Jessica Moore scored a season-high 12 points, one short of her WNBA career-high. Moore added a season-high three steals and a blocked shot in a career-best 38 minutes.
  • Moore's four rebounds tonight featured three offensive rebounds, tying her season-high set vs. Washington on Tuesday. Moore has collected multiple offensive rebounds in each of the last three games and those are the only games this season she has had more than one offensive board.
  • The Fever was outscored, 44-26, in the paint tonight and the Sun's total is the second highest by a Fever opponent this season. The Atlanta Dream scored 46 points in the paint at Conseco Fieldhouse, 7/17.
  • Connecticut's 13 turnovers are the fewest by any Fever opponent this season. Indiana came into tonight's game averaging over 19 turnovers a game (19.59) by its opponents.
  • Including four from Tully Bevilaqua, the Fever had a season-low 11 assists on its 29 field goals tonight.
  • Connecticut's one point in overtime represent the fewest ever scored by a Fever opponent in an extra session. And, it ties the fifth fewest ever scored in overtime in WNBA history. Detroit scored one point in an overtime at Utah, 7/6/99. Four teams have gone scoreless in an overtime, including two during the 2008 season.
  • Indiana's 31 free throws made are its most this season, while its 36 attempts tied the team's most this season. The Fever also attempted 36 free throws vs. Washington on Tuesday, 7/28.
  • The Fever ended July with eight wins, its most ever in any month.
  • With 19 points and a season-high 10 rebounds, Sandrine Gruda registered her first double-double of 2009. Gruda also led the Sun with a season-high three steals.
  • To go with her 10 points, Anete Jekabsone-Zogota collected a career-high six rebounds tonight.