Unusual Suspects Help Hold Off Sky
|STAR OF THE GAME
Hoffman managed to stay out of foul trouble, and score 13 points while leading the Fever past the Sky. The Fever forward shot 5-10 from the field including 3-4 from the three point line. She also pulled down four rebounds and two assists on a night where the Fever's scoring leaders struggled to find the basket.
Moore came in to replace several Fever starters in early foul trouble. She scored a season-high 10 points on 4-6 shooting. Moore and the Fever bench put up 31 points against the Sky, and sustained the offense for most of the game.
On defense and the bench:
ï¿½In gut-check time, when we really needed a stop, we got it. But I have to give thanks to our bench. They were really super and we wouldnï¿½t have won this game without them.ï¿½
On the five-second violation:
ï¿½We knew we needed a defensive stop. We anticipated a back screen, we switched off and we got the stop we needed.ï¿½
Points in the paint:
Fever 18, Sky 18
Fever 12, Sky 15
Fever 4, Sky 6
Points off turnovers:
Fever 21, Sky 12
Fever 39, Sky 35
Fever 31, Sky 29
ROSEMONT, Ill.(AP) Ebony Hoffman scored 13 points and Katie Douglas and Jessica Moore added 10 apiece and the Indiana Fever held off a late Chicago Sky rally for a 70-64 victory on Sunday.
The Fever, who never trailed in the second half, hit 6 of 8 free throws in the final 64 seconds to pull away after Chicago tied it at 64-64.
The victory was the fourth straight for Indiana (9-5) and the third this season over Chicago (6-9).
Both teams shot poorly at the outset. The Fever hit 25 percent (4 of 16) in the opening quarter, but improved and shot well from 3-point range (10-of-17), including 3 of 4 from Hoffman.
The Sky were 4 of 14 (28.6 percent) from the field in the first half and were 33 percent (19 of 57) for the game.
The Fever didn't trail after Douglas' 3-pointer just before halftime. In the fourth quarter, Indiana's lead twice hit 10 points, the last coming at 6:21 as Shavonte Zellous' jumper made it 59-49.
The Sky rallied with 3-pointers from Cathrine Kraayeveld and a pair from Erin Thorn, whose second 3 tied the game at 64-64 with 1:28 to play.
Thorn scored 15 points off the bench for the Sky while Sylvia Fowles added 11 points and a game-high 17 rebounds.
Indiana survived a poor shooting night and scored the gameï¿½s final six points to secure a 70-64 victory over the Chicago Sky. Indiana won for the ninth time in its last 12 games and ended the Skyï¿½s two-game win streak. Indiana beat Chicago for the third time in three tries this season.
Tamika Catchings hit the second of two free throws with 18.4 seconds remaining to give Indiana a 66-64 lead. Following a timeout, Indiana forced the Sky into a critical five-second violation to take possession again, and Briann January added a pair of free throws with 13.1 seconds remaining. Tammy Sutton-Brown hit a pair of free throws to ice the game with four seconds left.
Januaryï¿½s free throw with 1:04 to play broke a 64-64 deadlock and Sutton-Brown blocked a layup by Sylvia Fowles with 40 seconds to play. Sutton-Brown missed a jumper on the ensuing possession, but Catchings secured the rebound and was fouled with 18.4 remaining.
While its starters struggled (13 of-41 shooting), the Indiana bench rose the occasion scoring 31 points. With 10 points off the bench, Jessica Moore became the sixth different Fever reserve to score in double figures this season. Indiana has placed at least one reserve in double digits in 10 of 14 games.
For Catchings, she scored a season-low four points and snapped a 31-game streak of games with double-figure scoring. She shot 1-of-9 from the floor, scoring a third period 3-pointer for her only points until the late free throw.
Chicago outrebounded the Fever 37-27 and Fowles had a season-high 17 rebounds, but the U.S. Olympic center was limited to just five shots and 11 points.
Indiana had its largest lead at 59-49 with 6:25 remaining on a bucket by Shavonte Zellous, but Chicago went on a 19-5 run and knotted the score at 64 on Erin Thornï¿½s fifth 3-pointer with 1:04 to play.
Indiana led 29-26 at the break and gradually took control in the third quarter, leading by as many as nine and leading 51-45 entering the fourth.