STAR OF THE GAME
Katie Douglas
Douglas scored 20 points for Indiana, with eight rebounds, three assists and a pair of steals. She had three 3-pointers and combined with Tamika Catchings to score 15 of Indiana's final 17 points.
UNSUNG HERO
Tamika Catchings
Catchings finished with 17 points and six rebounds, hitting big basket after big basket in the final quarter. Catchings and Katie Douglas combined to score 15 of Indiana's 22 fourth quarter points.
QUOTABLE
Lin Dunn
On winning down the stretch:
“I thought in crunch time, both [Tamika] Catchings and [Katie] stepped up like the big-time veterans they are. I thought we got a great defensive effort down the stretch and, you know, another person who played well down the stretch was our young rookie Jeanette Pohlen. She got us a stop on defense and she hit the winning free throws.”

On playing through pressure and adversity:
“The interesting thing about this team is what we’ve gone through to get these two wins in the past 24 hours. We beat a really good team at home last night, then got up early this morning, had some adversity in travel and had to walk 10 blocks just to get to our hotel. We have players who just really rose to the occasion tonight. They handled adversity and pressure wonderfully. I think that says something about our team.”

HIDDEN NUMBERS
Points in the paint:
Fever 22, Lynx 42
Second-chance points:

Fever 5, Lynx 21
Fast-break points:

Fever 4, Lynx 16
Points off turnovers:

Fever 12, Lynx 14
Starters scoring:

Fever 53, Lynx 61
Bench scoring:

Fever 25, Lynx 14
Catchings and Douglas Take Command in Crunch Time

Team Record 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Indiana 6-3 24 16 16 22 78
at Minnesota 5-3 18 23 19 15 75

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Katie Douglas scored 22 points, including the go-ahead basket with just over a minute to play, to help the Indiana Fever beat the Minnesota Lynx 78-75 Sunday night. It was the Fever's third straight win.

Tamika Catchings added 17 for Indiana, while Maya Moore led Minnesota with 21 points.

The Lynx held a six-point lead in the fourth quarter, but Douglas and Catchings hit 3s on back-to-back possessions to tie the score at 67 with 5:37 left.

The teams traded baskets until Douglas hit a running jump shot from the free-throw line to put Indiana on top 75-73 with 1:06 to go. She later hit one of two free throws to build the Fever lead to three with 20 seconds left.

Seimone Augustus had a chance to tie the game at the line with 8.0 seconds left but she missed the first of three free throws. Jeanette Pohlen hit two free throws on the other end, and Lindsay Whalen's 3-pointer rimmed out at the buzzer to seal the win for Indiana.

The Lynx were active on the fast break, outscoring Indiana 13-2 in transition in the first half and 16-4 for the game. Indiana countered with its long-distance shooting, hitting 8 of 18 3-point attempts.

Moore scored 17 points in the first half, hitting 3 of 4 from beyond the arc to help the Lynx rally from an 11-point deficit to take a 41-40 lead at the break.

Pohlen buried a 3 from the corner to give Indiana its largest lead of the first half at 29-18 early in the second quarter. But Minnesota rallied behind Whalen, who hit two buckets and triggered two fast-break baskets as part of a 10-0 run that cut the Fever lead to one with 5:36 to play in the half.

The Lynx overcame Moore's foul trouble with solid bench play and appeared ready to take a seven-point lead after three quarters, but Shavonte Zellous banked in a desperation 3 at the buzzer to cut Minnesota's lead to 60-56.

Postgame Notes:

  • Indiana hosts the first of five straight home games on Tuesday when the Fever battles the Phoenix Mercury to conclude a stretch of three games in four nights.
  • Jeanette Pohlen has shot 15-of-21 from the floor over her past five games. In her last four games, she has shot 12-of-15 overall including a remarkable 10-of-11 3-pointers.
  • The Fever has beaten the Lynx in three consecutive seasons at Target Center, winning three straight games and 4 of 5 in Minneapolis.