Catchings Scores 15 Early, Liberty Dominates Late
|STAR OF THE GAME
Catchings scored 15 of the Fever's first 17 points and posted 25 for the game, marking the sixth time in eight games she has scored at least 24. Catchings was the Fever's lone bright spot. She made her first five shots of the game, shot 8-of-12 from the floor and matched her franchise record with six 3-pointers.
Davenport was the Fever's second-leading scorer with nine points, in a return to New York where she starred in her first two seasons.
"If I had to pick one person who I thought hurt us the most tonight it would be Leilani Mitchell. They are playing very, very well. I just donít think we had the effort and energy to match them tonight. They played very well and shot the ball really well."
"I thought we both came out real focused, but starting the second quarter [New York] just jumped on us. They outhustled and outworked us. They got all the loose balls. We tried to gather ourselves before the half, and at halftime, but they jumped on us again in the third quarter. We just didnít match their energy or effort."
Points in the paint:
Fever 10, Liberty 30
Fever 7, Liberty 10
Fever 2, Liberty 8
Points off turnovers:
Fever 6, Liberty 20
Fever 39, Liberty 62
Fever 18, Liberty 16
|at New York
NEW YORK (AP) - Leilani Mitchell scored 19 points, Taj McWilliams-Franklin had 14 points and 10 rebounds and the New York Liberty beat the first-place Indiana Fever 78-57 on Tuesday night, extending their franchise record with their ninth straight win.
Cappie Pondexter scored 13 points and Nicole Powell added 10 to help New York (20-11) win for the 13th time in 15 games since the All-Star break and move one-half game behind Eastern Conference-leading Indiana. The Liberty also evened the season series at 2-2.
Tamika Catchings scored 25 points to lead the Fever (21-11), who held a 21-14 advantage late in the first quarter but then totaled just 20 points in the second and third periods as the Liberty took a double-digit lead. In fact, Catchings scored 15 of the Fever's first 17 points, hitting her first five shots. She managed six 3-pointers in the game to match her own franchise record, but she was the only Fever player to reach double figures.
New York extended its franchise-record win streak to nine games and snapped Indianaís five-game win streak. The Fever also ended a three-game road win streak, falling on the road for just the second time in seven games. With the win, New York moved within Ĺ game of the front-running Fever in the Eastern Conference standings.
Indiana suffered its largest loss of the season and its biggest defeat since a 22-point loss in its 2009 home opener against Minnesota. The loss overshadowed a 25-point effort by Fever MVP candidate Tamika Catchings. Catchings hit her first five shots while scoring 15 of the Feverís first 17 points.
Catchings matched her own franchise record with six 3-pointers. She shot 8-of-12 overall and has scored at least 24 points in six of her last eight games.
Indiana led by 7 at 21-14, but New York dominated the second quarter and outscored the Fever 28-9 while taking a 42-30 lead with 5:52 in the third. The Liberty led by as many as 14 before taking a 53-41 advantage into the final period, and had its biggest lead at 21, 67-46.
Catchings scored 15 of Feverís first 17 points, hitting her first five shots including three 3-pointers.
With a win, Indiana matches its franchise records for wins in a season (22) and breaks its mark for consecutive road wins (4). Indiana has won five straight games and five of its past six road contests.