Silver Stars Break Fever in 4th
|STAR OF THE GAME
Catchings led the Fever with 15 points, seven rebounds and four assists despite a 5-for-18 shooting night.
Zellous scored eight points and had six rebounds while helping the Fever rally during a third-quarter comeback. She added two assists while playing a season-high 30 minutes.
"I thought we started slow, lethargic and didn't hit shots. We dug ourselves a hole. I give our players a tremendous amount of credit to come back, but in crunch time, I think [San Antonio] hit big shots and we didn't. If we would have expended that energy at the start of the game instead of waiting until we were down 13, maybe we never would have gotten behind and things would have been different."
"[San Antonio] played really well together and had good ball movement. We were sluggish and couldn't get our shots to fall. Our energy level went up and we got back in the game, but they got offensive rebounds and some big 3s. It was like our energy just got sucked out of us. It's hard to play to hard on D and still give up big points."
Points in the paint:
Fever 30, Silver Stars 24
Fever 17, Silver Stars 11
Fever 10, Silver Stars 14
Points off turnovers:
Fever 10, Silver Stars 22
Fever 42, Silver Stars 66
Fever 19, Silver Stars 9
|at San Antonio
SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- Becky Hammon and Edwige Lawson-Wade combined for 19 fourth-quarter points Friday night and the San Antonio Silver Stars all but clinched a playoff spot with a 75-61 victory over the Indiana Fever.
After Indiana erased a 13-point third-quarter deficit to tie the game entering the fourth, Hammon took over. She hit two 3-pointers and a free throw in a 10-0 run that put the Silver Stars back in control.
Hammon scored nine of her 13 points in the final period. Lawson-Wade finished with 18 points, including 10 in the fourth.
San Antonio (13-20) ended a two-game losing streak. A loss by Los Angeles later Friday night would give the Silver Stars' their fourth straight postseason appearance.
Sophia Young led San Antonio with 22 points.
With its second straight loss, Indiana (21-12) wasted an opportunity to take a one-game lead over New York and Washington in the East with one game to play, instead leaving the conference in a three-way tie at the top.
Tamika Catchings led the Fever with 15 points, but hit just 5 of 18 shots. As a team, Indiana was 24 of 66 from the field.
The Fever have not won in San Antonio since 2007.
San Antonio used three straight 3-pointers to ignite a 17-2 fourth-quarter run, including nine points from Becky Hammon. Just as quickly as Indiana got back in the game to end the third period, the Silver Stars reversed the Fever’s momentum to command a 15-point advantage, 66-51, with 3:17 remaining. Sophia Young’s basket with 1:05 to play gave San Antonio its largest lead of the contest (16).
With Washington’s victory over New York, Indiana fell into a three-way tie with the Mystics and Liberty. All three teams are 21-12 and play their regular season finale on Sunday. If the teams remain tied, Indiana will be the No. 3 seed when conference semifinal action begins next week.
The Silver Stars were led by 22 points from Sophia Young. Edwige Lawson-Wade finished with 18 and Becky Hammon had 13. Tamika Catchings finished with 15 points for the Fever while Katie Douglas pitched in 11.
Sparked by seven unanswered points and getting scoring from six different players, Indiana ended the third quarter on a furious 16-3 run to knot the score at 47. San Antonio led 37-27 at the intermission and led by as many as 13, 44-31, midway through the third period.