Catchings Scores 24 as Fever Routs Shock 100-72
|STAR OF THE GAME
Catchings got the Fever off to a great start as she scored 18 of her game-high 24 points in the first half. Catchings only missed 4 of her 13 shots and also collected six rebounds, two assists, one steal and one blocked shot.
Playing against her former team, Zellous came off the bench to score 16 points to help the Fever set a franchise record for most bench points, with 50 points from its reserves. Zellous played well on defense to go along with her scoring, grabbing four rebounds and blocking three shots.
"This was a great way to finish the first half of the season. We handled the press much better this time than the last time we played them. It’s good to see the bench play so well. Everyone stepped up and hit big shots."
On playing against her former team:
"It was a good game playing against my old team. There are no hard feelings. We took care of business before the All-Star break. We came out and stuck to our game plan."
Points in the paint:
Fever 36, Shock 30
Fever 9, Shock 20
Fever 15, Shock 3
Points off turnovers:
Fever 17, Shock 9
Fever 50, Shock 22
Fever 50, Shock 50
By Tom Rietmann
INDIANAPOLIS - Crisp passing. Fluid cutting. Accurate shooting. Indiana Fever coach Lin Dunn could only smile as she watched her team's offense hum along Thursday night in a dominating 100-72 victory over the Tulsa Shock.
It started in the second quarter at Conseco Fieldhouse. Indiana riddled Tulsa with 68.4 percent shooting and scored a franchise-record 35 points in the period. And it continued in the third quarter as Tamika Catchings and Katie Douglas accounted for the Fever's first 17 points and Indiana built a commanding lead of 30 points.
The rousing victory carried Indiana into this weekend's all-star break with a seven-game winning streak at home and an 11-6 record overall, good for a solid hold on third place in the WNBA Eastern Conference.
“It just seemed like everything was falling for us,” said Catchings, who led the Fever with 24 points. “Tonight we worked really well together moving the ball. We kept passing until we got a wide-open shot. That's when we're at our best.”
Dunn called it a “a tremendous effort by everybody.” The final statistics underscored the lopsided nature of the game:
Indiana's 100 points, split evenly between the starters and the reserves, represented only the second triple-digit game in franchise regular season history. The Fever's 38 field goals were a new club mark.
Fifty points from the reserves, led by former Tulsa player Shavonte Zellous with 16, set an Indiana record.
Indiana's final mark of 54.3 percent from the field was one more make shy of eclipsing the franchise record of 54.9 percent.
“(The Fever) moved the ball, hit open shots and made their free throws,” said Tulsa coach Nolan Richardson, whose team lost its 11th straight game and fell to 3-14. “They did everything tonight. They could have beaten the Lakers tonight.”
Catchings and the Fever let Tulsa know in the second quarter that it would be a rough night. Catchings scored 15 of Indiana's last 19 points of the period and the Fever took a 56-34 halftime edge.
After “The Catch and Katie Show” early in the third quarter, the reserves took over. Zellous and Briann January, who had 13 points, revved the engine on the Fever's fast break, and Tulsa couldn't stop Indiana's momentum. January's two free throws in the final seconds put Indiana into triple digits.
“When you shoot almost 55 percent from the field and get to the free throw line 22 times, that's pretty good,” Dunn said. “I thought everybody stepped up and hit some big shots. I think the thing that really impresses me is how well we shot, how well we attacked in transition.”
-- Zellous insisted her performance against Tulsa, which traded her to the Fever earlier this season, provided no special satisfaction. “I don't look at it like that. We just wanted to keep our winning going here right before the All-Star break,” she said.
-- Douglas, who scored 17 points, lauded her teammates after the win. “Just proud of everybody,” she said. “It's tough playing these games before an All-Star break. Sometimes minds drift away, but our focus was there for 40 minutes.”
With its 100 points tonight, the Fever reached triple digits for just the second time in franchise history and the first time since scoring 103 points vs. Phoenix in September 2008.
Since losing its home opener to Washington, 5/15, the Fever has won seven straight home games, and it has (including playoffs) won five in a row at Conseco Fieldhouse vs. the Shock. The streak against the Shock dates back to June 21 2009. Seven straight wins at the Fieldhouse ties the team's third longest streak ever.
The Fever' 35 points in the second quarter were its most ever in a single quarter.
Indiana's 56 points in the first half were one point short of its most ever in a first half, and were the team's third most points ever in any half.
Indiana's 54.3 percent from the floor is its best outing of the season from the floor, and it is the sixth best mark in a game in Fever history.
With its franchise record 50 points tonight, the Indiana bench has topped the 30-point mark for the sixth time in 2010, tying the franchise single-season record set in 2001 and tied in 2003.
Indiana's 42 rebounds tonight are its most this season and its 35 defensive rebounds are a franchise record. Every Indiana player in uniform had at least two rebounds tonight
Including a career-high three by Shavonte Zellous, the Fever blocked 12 shots tonight, its second most of the season. Indiana has blocked 10+ shots three times in 2010.
Tulsa's five free throws made tied the fewest by any WNBA team this season. Connecticut made five free throws in a game vs. Chicago, 6/22.
Briann January's six rebounds are her most ever in the WNBA and she tied a career-high with a team-leading six assists. Her 13 points are her most this season.
Indiana's 38 field goals made are a franchise record.
In both games against Indiana, the Tulsa Shock had three reserves score in double figures. Tonight, Amber Holt led Tulsa with 18 points, while Jennifer Lacy added 12 points and Marion Jones had a career-high 11 points. That is the first time this season that Jones has scored in double figures.
Tulsa came into tonight's game with the highest scoring bench in the WNBA with an average of 34.6 ppg. The Shock reserves scored 50 of the team's 72 points tonight.
With 19, the Shock had the second most assists by a Fever opponent. Indiana entered tonight's game with the second lowest assists allowed average in the WNBA (13.69).