Fever Run Past Mercury
|STAR OF THE GAME
Douglas recorded 28 points, seven rebounds, six assists and three steals as part of Indiana's franchise-record 104 points. The veteran guard did not commit a single turnover in 30 minutes played, and shot nearly 65 percent on the night.
Davenport scored 15 while pulling down seven rebounds. The back-up center played 24 minutes before receiving an elbow to the nose, and leaving the game.
On the win:
“I thought we did a really good job of disrupting Taurasi and making her work hard. She had her 21, but we made her work for them. I also think our ability to attack in the paint was huge. We scored 50 points in the paint. We kept attacking and that was key. I was happy to see Katie Douglas snap out of a little mini shooting slump and once again we got good production from our bench.”
Points in the paint:
Fever 50, Mercury 40
Fever 14, Mercury 5
Fever 5, Mercury 2
Points off turnovers:
Fever 11, Mercury 8
Fever 78, Mercury 66
Fever 26, Mercury 16
PHOENIX (AP) Tamika Catchings scored 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead the Fever past the Phoenix Mercury 104-82 on Sunday, putting Indiana atop the Eastern Conference with two weeks left in the regular season.
With a free throw and a 19-footer, Catchings capped a 7-0 run to start the fourth quarter to give the Fever an 81-70 lead against the highest scoring team in the league. With its highest offensive output of the season, the Fever (18-10) moved a half-game ahead of idle Atlanta with six games to play.
Diana Taurasi scored 21 points and had seven assists for Phoenix (14-14), which had a four-game winning streak snapped.
Katie Douglas added 28 points, seven rebounds and six assists for Indiana, which hit eight of its first 10 shots in the final quarter to pull away.
Indiana used a 30-12 fourth quarter to blow open a close game in which neither team had led by more than seven points. Indiana set regular season franchise records for scoring (104) and field goal percentage (58.3) in the process.
In a rematch of the 2009 WNBA Finals, Indiana won for the fourth time in the past five regular season meetings between the teams, including the last three games at US Airways Center.
Indiana won its second straight game overall and won for the fourth time in its last five road games. Phoenix ended a four-game win streak.
Katie Douglas paced Indiana with 28 points on 11-of-17 shooting. Tamika Catchings added 24 points and 10 rebounds. Tammy Sutton-Brown’s 18 points marked a season high for the second straight game and Jessica Davenport added 15 off the bench.
Diana Taurasi scored 21 points to pace the Mercury. Candice Dupree added 19 and Kara Braxton and Penny Taylor each scored 11.
Leading 74-70 after three quarters, Indiana scored the first seven points of the fourth to ignite a 20-7 run that thrust the Fever into a 17-point advantage and put the game out of reach. The Fever took its largest lead, 101-80, on a layup by Jené Morris with just over a minute remaining.
The run was capped by a technical foul shot by Katie Douglas for a 94-77 lead with 3:20 to play. Diana Taurasi was fouled on a drive to the bucket, but not before an elbow to the face of Jessica Davenport cost Taurasi a technical foul and sent Davenport to the locker room. The sequence mirrored a similar play earlier in the quarter when Indiana’s Shavonte Zellous was whistled for a technical foul following a drive to the basket herself. The Mercury’s DeWanna Bonner suffered a head contusion on the play with 7:04 remaining and was carted from the floor on a stretcher.
Tied at 45, Indiana scored eight of the final nine points of the first half to take a 53-46 advantage into intermission.
Indiana began a stretch with five of its final seven regular season games on the road. The Fever is at Los Angeles Tuesday in a nationally televised game on ESPN2 (10:00 p.m. ET).