STAR OF THE GAME
Tamika Catchings
Catchings scored 22 points in the game, 20 in the fourth quarter. She also had five rebounds, one steal and one assist which contributed to Indiana's final score of 70.
UNSUNG HERO
Jsesica Davenport
Davenport finished with 13 points for the game, 10 in the fourth quarter. She had two steals, one assist and five rebounds.
QUOTABLE
Lin Dunn
General:
“Minnesota did a super job on us defensively. We did not match their intensity. They disrupted what we were trying to do. We were lucky to be tied at half time. We are not playing our best basketball. They brought their A game and we were a C or a D.”

Erin Phillips
On Minnesota’s Intensity Tonight:
“You have to give them a lot of credit with their aggressiveness. I think it was a combination of things. We lost the rebounding. They’re a team that is leading the league in rebounding. We have to match their physicality and obviously we have to be able to hit our open shots. We need to be better at doing the simple things.”

HIDDEN NUMBERS
Points in the paint:
Fever 28, Lynx 36
Second-chance points:

Fever 4, Lynx 15
Fast-break points:

Fever 7, Lynx 8
Points off turnovers:

Fever 16, Lynx 15
Starters scoring:

Fever 58, Lynx 70
Bench scoring:

Fever 12, Lynx 10
Lynx Turn In High-Octane Effort, End Fever Streak

Team Record 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Indiana 10-4 22 19 13 16 70
at Minnesota 8-4 20 21 18 21 80

By Tom Rietmann

INDIANAPOLIS -- A clunky shooting night. Some lopsided rebounding numbers. A talented, high-intensity opponent.

Added all together Friday night, it meant the Indiana Fever suffered an 80-70 loss to the Minnesota Lynx at Conseco Fieldhouse. It made for a stunning ending to the Fever's seven-game winning streak. The defeat sent Indiana on the road for games Sunday at Connecticut and Tuesday at Atlanta with a 10-4 record and hopes of relocating their momentum.

“Now we have to get regrouped,” coach Lin Dunn said. “The streak's over. We can start over. You learn from this game, you flush it and you move on.”

Minnesota, one of the WNBA Western Conference's strongest teams at 8-4, arrived in Indy on a mission. The Fever captured a three-point win at Minnesota on June 26. As Dunn suggested, the Lynx wanted payback.

Minnesota's defense turned up the heat early and kept it on, holding Indiana to 39.3 percent shooting (24-of-61). The Fever came in as the WNBA's second-best 3-point team and left the game with a 28 percent mark (7-of-25) from the arc.

Credit the Lynx.

“They just came out with such an aggressiveness and assertiveness that I feel like we were kind of on our heels all night,” said Fever guard Katie Douglas, who totaled 10 points but missed four of five 3-pointers. “I don't think we ever recovered and were comfortable.”

Tamika Catchings led the Fever with 22 points on 6-of-13 accuracy, but she lamented three missed layups early in the game.

“I can't afford to miss layups for this team,” she said. “When we start with missed layups, it kind of goes all the way down through the team.”

Indiana had two other players in double-figure scoring: Jessica Davenport with 13 and Erin Phillips with 11. However, the Fever hit just 26.7 percent (4-of-15) of their third-quarter shots and 29.4 percent (5-of-17) in the fourth. The game was tied at 41-all at halftime before Minnesota took command.

Rebekkah Brunson, who led Minnesota with 20 points, and Lindsay Whalen, who had 16, put the game away for the Lynx. That duo combined to score the visitors' final 17 points. Indiana trailed by only two (59-57) with 8 minutes left, but saw its deficit expand to 10 (74-64) seven minutes later.

“I thought Minnesota did a super job defensively,” Dunn said. “I thought they were as aggressive and physical as any team we've seen this year. … They just looked a step quicker going to the boards, cutting, everything. You've got to give them credit. They disrupted what we were trying to do. They fought us for everything.”

And it wore the Fever down.

“At times,” Catchings said, “we just got really stagnant. It was like we started settling for outside shots instead of attacking the basket.”

Minnesota outrebounded the Fever 38-26, including a 15-9 edge in offensive boards.

“Offensive rebounds,” Catchings said. “We've been talking about this for a long time. They killed us. They have great rebounders and (got) second shots, third shots, fourth shots. We definitely have to clean that up.”

Rookie star Maya Moore totaled 18 points and seven rebounds for the Lynx. Seimone Augustus chipped in 12 points. The Lynx shot 49.3 percent (33-of-67) from the field.

Minnesota was coming off a 112-105 home loss to Phoenix and seemed to want atonement.

“They're loaded,” Dunn said about the Lynx. “And they're young and athletic and well-coached. … This is the team that I think will win the West, them and Phoenix. They had a little vinegar in them from (the loss to Phoenix).”

Postgame Notes:

  • With its win tonight, Minnesota wins its fourth straight appearance at Conseco Fieldhouse.
  • Since losing two straight for the only time this season in late June, the Lynx have won three of four.
  • Seven of Minnesota's wins have been by 10 or more points, the most for any team in the WNBA this season. In contrast the Fever has posted just three double-digit wins this season.
  • With New York losing at Connecticut tonight, the Fever maintains a two-game lead over the Liberty (8-6) in the Eastern Conference standings.
  • Tamika Catchings's 22 points represent her first 20-point game of the season.
  • Catchings's 8-8 FT represent the most by any Fever player without a miss this season.
  • With her first four field goals tonight, Katie Douglas has become the 15th player in WNBA history with 1,500 FG in her career.
  • Tonight's game is the 95th straight appearance for Tamika Catchings, one short of her career-high and the third longest streak in franchise history.
  • Including this season, the Fever and Lynx have split the season series for the third season in a row, and the fifth time in the last seven seasons.
  • Shavonte Zellous led the Fever with a season-high four assists tonight.
  • The Indiana bench outscored the Lynx' reserves, 12-10. But, Indiana's total is its fewest since scoring just eight points in the season opener vs. Chicago, 6/4.
  • Rebekkah Brunson led Minnesota with 20 points, two short of her season-best.
  • With her 13 points tonight, Jessica Davenport has scored 10+ points in a career-best five straight games. Five straight games in double figures ties Katie Douglas for the second longest streak on the team in 2011. Tamika Catchings has hit for 10 or more points in nine straight games.
  • Outrebounded 15-9 on the offensive boards, the Fever scored just four second chance points to Minnesota's 15.