Bevilaqua scores 13, Fever Wins Fourth Straight Over Sky
|STAR OF THE GAME
When the Sky erased the Fever's 18 point lead and tied the game at 47-47 with 7:28 to play, Bevilaqua hit an important three-pointer to put the Fever up for good and spark an 11-4 run to close the game. When other players were being double-teamed Tully stepped up in a big way and scored eight of her season-high 13 points in the fourth quarter for Indiana.
After the Fever defense allowed Chicago star Sylvia Fowles 15 points in the third quarter, Sutton-Brown helped limit the Sky's best player to just two points in the final quarter. Sutton-Brown scored eight points and played a big role in crashing the boards for the Fever, with 10 rebounds.
On the win:
"We got off to a really good start tonight. We shot really well, but we knew Chicago had a come back left in them. A real key for us was adjustments we made in the last 4-5 minutes and Fowles didnï¿½t score the rest of the way. Theyï¿½re a really good team. This was a huge win for us."
On withstanding the Chicago comeback:
"Thatï¿½s a sign of a great team. We showed some perserverence. We have made huge strides as a team. They came all the way back, but we never let them take the lead. We kept our poise and composure. That was a great sign for us."
Points in the paint:
Fever 28, Sky 26
Fever 6, Sky 8
Fever 10, Sky 6
Points off turnovers:
Fever 15, Sky 19
Fever 42, Sky 42
Fever 16, Sky 9
ROSEMONT, Ill. - Tamika Catchings scored 16 points and the Indiana Fever held on for their fourth straight win over Chicago with a 58-51 victory over the Sky on Tuesday night.
Catchings scored 10 points and the Fever (10-6) shot over 78 percent (11 of 14) from the field in the first quarter.
Indiana took a 39-21 lead into halftime, but Chicago (8-10) got nine points from Sylvia Fowles during a 16-0 run in the third quarter to cut the deficit to 45-43 entering the fourth.
Chicago's Cathrine Kraayeveld hit a hook shot early in the fourth to tie it at 47, but the Fever pulled away with a 9-2 run.
Fowles scored 26 points, Tully Bevilaqua had 13 and Jessica Davenport added 10 for Indiana.
Indiana beat Chicago for the fourth straight time. The Sky lost for just the second time in six games, both to the Fever within the past nine days.
Coupled with a Connecticut loss, the Fever moved into third place in rugged Eastern Conference standings.
Despite coming all the way back from an 18-point deficit, the Sky never took a lead. Chicago tied the score 47-47 on a Cathrine Kraayeveld basket with 7:28 remaining, but Indiana scored 11 of the gameï¿½s last 15 points ï¿½ eight by Tully Bevilaqua who scored a season-high 13 points.
Tamika Catchings led the Fever with 16 points and Jessica Davenport added 10. Tammy Sutton-Brown scored eight points with a season-high 10 rebounds.
Chicagoï¿½s Sylvia Fowles, named earlier in the day as the Eastern Conference Player of the Week, had game highs of 26 points and 18 rebounds. The rest of the Sky roster totaled 25 points and 16 rebounds.
With Indiana leading 45-27 after a jumper by Davenport with 3:53 left in the third period, Chicago scored 16 unanswered points to close the quarter and pull within just a basket heading to the fourth. The Sky continued its run with a fast break layup by Mistie Bass to open the 4th and knot the score at 45, but Tammy Sutton-Brown ended the Indiana drought with a bucket with 8:30 remaining.
Fever blitzed the Sky with a 25-point first quarter to lead 25-12. Indiana shot 59 percent from the floor in the opening half and the Feverï¿½s 39-21 lead at intermission lead was its largest lead of the half.
The Fever has had at least one double-figure scorer off the bench in 11 of 16 games.