78 at Minnesota
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.