Sun Cool Fever in Game 1

STAR OF THE GAME
DEANNA JACKSON
Playing 28 minutes and filling the void left by Tamika Catchings' injury, Jackson finished with 12 points and four rebounds. Her active play was instrumental on both ends of the floor. She shot 3-of-5 from the floor and 6-of-6 at the charity stripe.
UNSUNG HERO
TULLY BEVILAQUA
While it didn't always show up on the stat sheet, Bevilaqua played with a constant level of defensive intensity and overall hustle, putting her body on the line to save possessions and fight for loose balls. She finished with seven points, four steals, four assists and two rebounds.
QUOTABLE
BRIAN WINTERS
On the game:
“It was a heck of a game; however, we came out on the short end. I give Connecticut credit. They are a championship team."

On Tamika's first half injury:
"It was very difficult when Tamika (Catchings) got hurt. I knew at halftime we would have her in the second half because the doctor talked to me and said she was feeling better. She got off to a shaky start in the second half. I think she was trying to make up for lost time."

On the rest of the series:
“For our next game Saturday, we need to win the boards and shoot better. It will be a heck of a game."

TULLY BEVILAQUA
On coming up short:
“It was a frustrating loss. We didn't play the defense we are capable of. Hopefully, we will rectify this and take it to them on Saturday."

HIDDEN NUMBERS
Points in the paint:
Fever 28, Sun 26
Fast-break points:
Sun 8, Fever 2
Second-chance points:
Fever 13, Sun 9
Points off turnovers:
Fever 18, Sun 7
Starters scoring:
Sun 64, Fever 44
Bench scoring:
Fever 24, Sun 9
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GAME REPORT
Sun 73, Fever 68

September 8, 2005 at Conseco Fieldhouse (Indianapolis, Ind.)

INDIANAPOLIS (Ticker) - The WNBA title hopes of the Indiana Fever took a shot to the head from the Connecticut Sun.

The effectiveness of All-Star Tamika Catchings was limited by a mild concussion and the Fever never led in the second half of a 73-68 loss to the Connecticut Sun, who are one win away from returning to the WNBA Finals.

Taj McWilliams-Franklin scored 24 points for the top-seeded Sun, who grabbed Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals and host the next two games of the best-of-three series. Game 2 is Saturday.

Catchings, Indiana's top scorer and rebounder and a WNBA MVP candidate, left the game with 13:48 remaining in the first half. She went to the floor and her head was fallen on by Connecticut's Brooke Wyckoff.

The WNBA Defensive Player of the Year, Catchings did not return until the second half. She was diagnosed with a mild concussion and clearly was not herself, finishing with 10 points on 2-of-11 shooting.

Without Catchings as a threat, the Fever struggled to stay with the Sun, who built a 45-40 lead behind 15 points from McWilliams-Franklin. Connecticut pushed the margin to 12 points early in the second half.

Indiana closed to 63-62 with 3:22 left on a 3-pointer by Kelly Miller, who scored 14 points. But the Fever went more than three minutes without a point as Tully Bevilaqua missed a 3-pointer and ran the baseline for a traveling violation.

With the shot clock running down, Katie Douglas banked in a 3-pointer from the left wing to give the Sun a 68-62 lead with 30 seconds left.

Nykesha Sales scored 14 points, Lindsay Whalen added 13 and Douglas nine for the Sun, who shot 48 percent (22-of-46) and limited the Fever to 38 percent (23-of-61).

Miller scored 14 points and Kelly Schumacher and Deanna Jackson added 12 each for Indiana.