Fourth Quarter Dooms Fever in Narrow Loss to Dream
|STAR OF THE GAME
Catchings led the Fever with 18 points. She also added four assists, three steals and two rebounds. Catchings has scored in double-figures in each of the Fever's first two games.
Hoffman got the Fever off to a quick start and finished the game with 17 points, eight rebounds, four assists and four steals. Hoffman also moved into second place on the Fever's all-time scoring list.
"I'd like to give Atlanta credit, but I thought we just shot ourselves in the foot. We made some big, key mistakes down the stretch. We had control of that game and we let it get away from us. I was very disappointed we didn't close it out."
Points in the paint:
Fever 20, Dream 34
Fever 6, Dream 19
Fever 10, Dream 16
Points off turnovers:
Fever 16, Dream 17
Fever 52, Dream 37
Fever 10, Dream 29
ATLANTA -- Erika DeSouza had 14 points and 11 rebounds and Atlanta held Indiana to four points in the fourth quarter to beat the Fever 66-62 Sunday night.
The Fever (0-2), led by seven points in the third quarter and 58-53 entering the fourth, but only made one basket until the closing seconds.
Tamika Catchings scored 18 points and Ebony Hoffman added 17 for the defending Eastern Conference champions.
Armintie Price scored 14 and Angel McCoughtry had 10 points for the Dream (2-0) despite needing three stitches to close a cut on her lower lip in the first half after getting elbowed by Catchings.
Both teams were playing for the second night in a row. The Dream won 75-70 in San Antonio on Saturday, while the Fever lost 72-65 at home to Washington.
The Dream are without Chamique Holdsclaw, who requested a trade during training camp. She signed a three-year contract with Atlanta in returning to the WNBA last season and averaged 13.9 points despite knee problems.
Atlanta outscored the Fever 13-4 in the fourth quarter. Indiana had 11 turnovers in the period and matched a WNBA record with the fewest points in one quarter. The Fever's only buckets came on a jumper by Tamika Catchings with 3:20 to play, and a layup by Katie Douglas with 4.2 seconds remaining.
Atlanta knotted the score at 58 on a putback by Erika de Souza with 5:14 left in the game. The Dream led 59-58 on a free throw by Armintie Price, but Catchings' jumper on the right wing put the Fever back in the lead, 60-59. Catchings' jumper ended a 6:44 scoring drought since Briann January's bucket to close the third period.
Indiana never trailed in the third, using 9-2 and 5-0 runs to lead by as many as 7 (50-43 at 4:26 on two free throws by Ebony Hoffman).
The first half featured 16 lead changes and four ties. Indiana took the lead on a 3-pointer by Katie Douglas with 18.9 seconds remaining in the half. Indiana took a 38-37 lead into the third period.
Tully Bevilaqua returned to the Fever's starting lineup, replacing second-year point guard Briann January. The same lineup switch was made last season after an 0-2 start and resulted in Indiana's franchise-record 11-game win streak.