Catchings leads balanced attack over Silver Stars 77-66
|STAR OF THE GAME
Catchings made her case for MVP, filling the stat sheet like usual. She led all scorers with 20 points and finished with eight rebounds and five steals.
Bevilaqua spent most of the night guarding All-Star guard Becky Hammon, holding her to a season-low zero points. The highlight of the game came from Bevilaqua when she stole the ball and created a fast break for the Fever. She threw the pass behind her back, resulting in an Ebony Hoffman layup.
“It is great to be home and play in front of our fans. We wanted another chance for another game against San Antonio. Holding Hammon (Becky) to no points was big for our team. We got good help from the bench. We are trying to get balance with our inside and outside game. Tammy’s (Sutton-Brown) health and to play through the pain is key for us. Catchings (Tamika) had high energy and fresh legs tonight. Balance is the key if we expect to go far in the playoffs.”
“Not let them off the hook. Force them to play at both ends of the court. Defense was big. We needed to defend Wauters (Ann) and Hammon (Becky) did not score tonight. We clinched a playoff the other night when some teams lost but we are trying to clinch home court advantage. Every game is a playoff game, every possession matters. We are trying to clean up some things to get ready for the playoffs.”
Points in the paint:
Fever 30, Silver Stars 24
Fever 15, Silver Stars 4
Fever 14, Silver Stars 16
Points off turnovers:
Fever 27, Silver Stars 10
Fever 61, Silver Stars 39
Fever 16, Silver Stars 27
||Fever 77, Silver Stars 66
August 27, 2009 at Conseco Fieldhouse (Indianapolis, Ind.)|
Box Score |
INDIANAPOLIS -- Tamika Catchings had 20 points and eight rebounds, and the Indiana Fever beat the San Antonio Silver Stars 77-66 on Thursday night to tie a franchise record with their 13th consecutive home win.
Indiana (20-7) never trailed and led by as many as 20 points. Ebony Hoffman scored 15 points and Tammy Sutton-Brown added 12 for the Fever, who had lost their previous two games.
San Antonio guard Becky Hammon, the No. 2 scorer in the league, was held without a point in 32 minutes. She had scored in double figures in 26 of the previous 27 games, but missed all five of her field-goal attempts and five turnovers.
Sophia Young and Ann Wauters both scored 18 points for San Antonio (11-17), which lost its fourth straight.
The Fever has now won 13 straight games at Conseco Fieldhouse, tying the franchise's all-time record set from July 22, 2002, to July 10, 2003. The current streak is the longest ever in one season for Indiana.
The Fever held the league's second leading scorer in 2009, Becky Hammon (19.7 ppg), scoreless on 0-5 from the floor. Tonight marks the first time that Hammon had failed to score in double figures this season.
San Antonio's Ann Wauters led all rebounders with 14 boards, all of which came at the defensive end. Her 14 rebounds are her season-high and 14 defensive rebounds are the most by any opposing player against the Fever in 2009.
Indiana outrebounded the Silver starts tonight, 33-30, and it is now 11-0 this season when winning the battle of the boards.
Including her two tonight, Ebony Hoffman has made 22 straight free throws, the fourth streak in Fever history of at least 22 in a row.
The Fever outscored the Silver Stars, 30-24, in the paint tonight, marking just the sixth time it has outscored an opponent in the paint this season.
San Antonio claimed a season-low three offensive rebounds, tying the fewest by an Indiana opponent in 2009.
With 13 thefts and just 12 turnovers, the Fever had more steals than turnovers for the fifth time this season, and the second time in the last five games.
With her eight points tonight, the Fever's leading scorer, Katie Douglas, was held to single digits for the third time this season, and the second time by the Silver Stars.
Tonight's win is the Fever's 20th of the season and it has won at least 20 games for the fourth time in its history.
The Fever missed just one of its 10 free throw attempts tonight and it has shot 90+ percent from the foul line in three straight games.
The Fever's win tonight levels its record against Western Conference opponents at 5-5. The Fever's next two games will be vs. teams from the West, as they host the Sacramento Monarchs on Saturday, 8/29, and the Phoenix Mercury on Wednesday, 9/2.
Shanna Crossley's five 3-pt FG tonight are the most by any opposing player against the Fever in 2009. With 15 points, Crossley nearly single-handedly outscored the entire Indiana bench, falling one point short of the Indiana reserves' total of 16 points. Crossley was 5-6 from beyond the 3-pt arc, while the rest of the Silver Stars' team was 3-17 from long range.
The Fever had no blocked shots tonight, the second time it has gone without a rejection in 2009.
Having not dressed due to back spasms, Tamecka Dixon sat out a game for the first time this season.