Sun hold off Fever
|STAR OF THE GAME
Catchings played another solid all-around game with 12 points, eight rebounds, six steals and four assists. In the beginning of the game she kept the Fever close with her pressure defense, forcing the Sun into several turnovers.
Davenport came off the bench and scored a career-high 18 points in 19 minutes of action. Her eight-of-eight shooting set the all-time Fever record for field goal percentage in a game.
"You have to give Renee Montgomery credit tonight. She just torched us. That was the difference in the game."
"I thought [Connecticut] played harder, smarter and tougher than we did; and despite all that, we had our chances to win the game. I was really disappointed with the way we started the game."
On the play of Renee Montgomery:
"Renee had a great game. But one of the things we want to be known as is a great defensive team and 29 points is too many points for us to give up to one person. But, hey, she played great and we have two days to regroup before seeing them Sunday again."
Points in the paint:
Fever 26, Sun 32
Fever 15, Sun 9
Fever 11, Sun 7
Points off turnovers:
Fever 16, Sun 13
Fever 52, Sun 57
Fever 25, Sun 29
UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) Renee Montgomery scored a career-high 29 points to lead the Connecticut Sun to an 86-77 victory over the Indiana Fever on Friday night.
Montgomery made a 3-pointer and two free throws during a 15-5 run in the final 3:08 that helped the Sun (6-2) seal the victory.
Tina Charles added 12 points and 12 rebounds for Connecticut, while Sandrine Gruda scored 12 points and Tan White had 10. The Sun made a season-high 10 3-point field goals.
Jessica Davenport scored a career-high 18 points for the Fever (5-4). Katie Douglas added 15 points for Indiana, while Ebony Hoffman scored 13 and Tamika Catchings had 12 points and eight rebounds.
Douglas hit a 3-pointer with 3:08 remaining to give Indiana a 72-71 lead. Montgomery's 3 with two minutes left put Connecticut ahead 77-72.
Connecticut had a 45-39 lead at halftime, but the Fever outscored the Sun 23-12 in the third period to take a 62-57 lead heading to the fourth.
Indiana made three straight 3-pointers midway through the second period, two from Hoffman, that helped cut into an 11-point deficit.
Montgomery made a 3-pointer at the first-quarter horn to give the Sun a 26-16 lead.
Renee Montgomery scored 29 points on 10-of-20 shooting including five 3-points to lead the Connecticut Sun to their sixth straight home win. Tina Charles and Sandrine Gruda each scored 12 and former Fever guard Tan White added 10 for the Sun.
The Fever loss ends a three-game win streak for Indiana. The two teams play at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis on Sunday (6:00 p.m.).
Jessica Davenport scored a career-high 18 points off the bench to pace four double-figure scorers for Indiana. The Fevers Katie Douglas also hit five 3-points to finish with 15 points against her former team. Ebony Hoffman scored 13 points and Tamika Catchings added 12 points, eight rebounds and six steals in the losing effort. Catchings scored in double-figures for the 27th consecutive game. Her steals were the most in the WNBA this season.
Davenport shot 8-of-8 from the floor to record the best field-goal percentage in Fever history, and record the fourth-most field goals without a miss in league history. Since beginning the season 0-2, a Fever bench player has scored in double figures in seven straight games. Indiana is 5-2 in those games.
Connecticut opened the final quarter on a 10-2 run to regain the lead and after the game was tied 72-72 at the 3:00 mark, the Sun scored eight unanswered points for an 80-72 advantage with 1:12 remaining.
Indiana outscored the Sun 9-2 to begin the second half and took its first lead, 48-47, on a 3-pointer by Katie Douglas. The Fever outscored the Sun 23-12 in the third period and led 62-57 entering the fourth quarter.
Connecticut led by as many as 12 in the opening half, but a 15-5 Indiana run closed the deficit to 35-33 with 3:18 before intermission. The Sun led 45-39 at the half.
Indiana outrebounded the Sun 38-34 and recorded a season-high 13 steals, but the Sun countered with 46 percent shooting and 10 3-pointers.