STAR OF THE GAME
Katie Douglas
Douglas became the first WNBA player in league-history with 500 3-pointers and 500 steals after her 500th steal with 32.9 seconds remaining in the third quarter. She was the leading scorer for the game adding 22 points for the Fever. Douglas also added two assists and one blocked shot.
UNSUNG HERO
Jessica Davenport
Davenport scored 14 points for the Fever, 10 of which were scored during fourth quarter play. She also added seven rebounds and two key blocks in the fourth quarter for the Fever.
QUOTABLE
Lin Dunn
In general:
“Well it was not pretty. Give Tulsa credit. They are quick and aggressive. Everybody in this league is good and everybody is hungry. We got great help from the bench, especially [Erin] Phillips and [Jessica] Davenport. We played a lot with four guards and Davenport and we were very effective. Going on the road, this win gives us a little momentum.”

Jessica Davenport
In general:
“We had a strong first and a strong fourth. We need to put all four quarters together and I think when we do that we will be a very dangerous team. I struggled a bit offensively. But I wanted to make sure I at least brought defense. Defense, that’s something that I can control. I thought collectively as a team as the game went on, we did that.”

HIDDEN NUMBERS
Points in the paint:
Fever 30, Shock 24
Second-chance points:

Fever 6, Shock 7
Fast-break points:

Fever 14, Shock 7
Points off turnovers:

Fever 19, Shock 14
Starters scoring:

Fever 56, Shock 60
Bench scoring:

Fever 26, Shock 14
Big Finish Produces 82-74 Fever Victory

Team Record 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Tulsa 0-5 16 27 17 14 74
at Indiana 3-1 24 18 19 21 82

By Tom Rietmann
When Tulsa took the lead with 4 ˝ minutes remaining, Jessica Davenport took control.

The Indiana Fever center scored nine points, blocked two shots and made a steal in the final 4 minutes, 20 seconds of Tuesday night's game at Conseco Fieldhouse. Davenport, on the receiving end of some timely passes from point guard Briann January, dominated the fourth quarter as the Fever gained command of a tight game and captured an 82-74 victory over the Shock.

“I thought the energy picked up, the whole feeling of our team picked up,” said Davenport, who finished with 14 points and seven rebounds. “Once that happens, I think we're a dangerous team.

“They tell me to protect the paint,” the 6-5 center said, “and that's what I wanted to do.”

The Fever lifted its record to 3-1 ahead of a trip to Seattle, Phoenix and Washington. Tulsa, playing without celebrated rookie Liz Cambage (concussion), fell to 0-5.

“I thought we played a much better second half,” Fever coach Lin Dunn said. “I thought we had more energy, intensity, hustle.”

The Indiana box score reflected a number of strong performances, starting with Katie Douglas, who scored 22 points on 8-of-13 shooting overall and 6-of-9 from 3-point range. She also added a steal, which made her the first WNBA player to reach 500 steals and 500 3-point field goals. Douglas has hit 16-of-28 treys this season (57.1 percent).

“It's a tribute to her and her all-around game,” Dunn said about Douglas' 500-500 record. “She has really focused this year on her defense and her rebounding, and always on her shooting. She's as well rounded a player, I think, as there is in the game right now.”

Said Douglas about the unusual milestone that reflects both offensive and defensive skills: “It's a great individual feat, but I'll trade all of those in for a championship.

“The first few years, everybody said, 'She's a shooter,' and nothing about defense. I'm not the quickest, but I feel I read the situation, read the angles and am able to play the passing lanes. I've been working at it, and I guess after 11 years I'm kind of getting good at it.”

Erin Phillips, the Fever's new point guard from Australia, scored 10 points with five rebounds and two assists. She and her fellow point, January, played together down the stretch and combined for seven points in the final 3:02 of a game that had 12 lead changes and seven ties.

“I thought we just got tremendous play from Erin,” Dunn said. “Great defense. Knocked down big shots. Got on the boards. When you get help like that from the bench, it's really huge for you.”

January, too, played a starring role with 10 assists, the most for a Fever player since 2007. January spent her off-season working on the execution of pick-and-rolls, and she found Davenport with three nice passes to set up the center's late heroics after Tulsa gained a 67-66 edge with 4:37 left.

“We were going to run it until they stopped it,” January said. “It's easy to play with Dav because you have to respect both of us.”

The Fever sealed the game by outscoring the visitors 21-14 in the fourth quarter. Indiana shot 63.6 percent (7-of-11) in the quarter while holding Tulsa to 33.3 percent (6-of-18).

“We just kind of settled down and executed and made sure we got good shots every possession,” January said.

Ivory Latta led Tulsa with 19 points. Jennifer Lacy had 14 and rookie Kayla Pedersen scored 13. Pederson, a college teammate of Fever rookie Jeanette Pohlen, played all 40 minutes.

“We are a very young team,” Shock coach Nolan Richardson said. “And I'm happy with our youngsters, though we ran out of steam at the end. We had three key possessions going down the stretch where I thought we got into our offense too late and didn't get good shots.”

Postgame Notes:

  • Tonight's win breaks a 19-19 tie in the overall series with Tulsa and is the Fever's fourth straight home win against the Shock. All-time, Indiana is 14-5 at home against the Shock.
  • With its 82 points tonight, Indiana has scored 80+ points in three straight games for the first time since a four-game streak last August (8/6 to 8/13). The four-game streak was the Fever's only streak of 80+ points in more than two straight games last season.
  • On her way to a game-high 22 points, Katie Douglas tied a franchise record and career-high with six 3-pt FG. Douglas has canned six 3-pt FG twice in the season's four games and leads the WNBA with 16 3-pt FG.
  • With her steal late in the third quarter, Douglas became the first player in WNBA history with 500 steals and 500 3-pt FG in her career.
  • Briann January's career-high 10 assists are the most by any Fever player since 2007 and they tied the most by any WNBA player this season in a non-overtime game. January is the fourth player in the league this season with 10 or assists in a single game.
  • January's points-assists double-double (10 assists, 12 points) is the seventh in Fever history.
  • While scoring just eight points, Tamika Catchings added seven assists--her most this season.
  • As a team, the Fever had assists on 24 of its 29 field goals, the most assists for the team in one game since 2007.
  • With Jessica Davenport scoring 14 points and Erin Phillips, the Fever had two reserves score in double figures for the first time this season and the bench tied its season-high with 26 points. The bench has had 26 points in each of the last two games, after totaling 27 points in the first two games combined.
  • Including two each from Tammy Sutton-Brown and Jessica Davenport, the Fever had a season-high seven blocked shots tonight.
  • Tying Tamika Catchings and Jessica Davenport for the team lead, Katie Douglas added a season-high tying seven rebounds and the Fever outrebounded the Shock, 36-34.
  • The first Tulsa player, other than Elizabeth Cambage, to collect 10+ rebounds this season, Tiffany Jackson led all rebounders tonight with a season-best 11.
  • Scoring 30+ points in the paint for the first time this season, the Fever outscored Tulsa, 30-24, in the paint. That is the second time this season that Indiana has won the battle in the paint, having outscored Chicago, 24-14, in the paint in the season opener.