65

63

STAR OF THE GAME
Tamika Catchings
Catchings did a little bit of everything while scoring a game-high 26 points on 9-of-15 shooting. She added five rebounds, three steals and three blocks while helping Indiana to its eighth win in nine games. She was the only Fever player in double-figure scoring.
UNSUNG HERO
Shannon Bobbitt
Bobbitt came off the bench to register nine points and match a career high with six rebounds.
QUOTABLE
Lin Dunn
In general:
“I thought the big difference in the game was our defense on Becky [Hammon]. She was only 1-for-8 and only had six point. When we can do that I think it makes it difficult for them to score. But I think that we also missed a lot of shots and you have to give them credit for their defense. It was just a real battle out there in that second half.”

On Katie Douglas:
“You have to give Douglas credit; she was the key person that was guarding Becky Hammon for 75-80% of the night. I think when you look at the stat line you think ‘Katie didn’t score tonight,’ but look at Becky’s stat line, too. That’s thanks to Douglas.”

HIDDEN NUMBERS
Points in the paint:
Fever 26, Silver Stars 24
Second-chance points:

Fever 7, Silver Stars 16
Fast-break points:

Fever 13, Silver Stars 14
Points off turnovers:

Fever 16, Silver Stars 19
Starters scoring:

Fever 46, Silver Stars 35
Bench scoring:

Fever 19, Silver Stars 28
Catchings' Game-High 26 Points Fuels Fever Road Win

Team Record 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Indiana 18-7 21 22 7 15 65
at San Antonio 13-11 16 17 21 9 63

By Associated Press | August 16, 2011

SAN ANTONIO -- Tamika Catchings scored 26 points to help the Indiana Fever hold off the San Antonio Silver Stars 65-63 Tuesday night.

Danielle Robinson missed a jumped for the Silver Stars with 3.9 seconds left. Jia Perkins’ 3-pointer with 41.4 seconds left pulled the Silver Stars within two points, but neither team was able to score after that.

The East-leading Fever (18-7) won their third straight game and for the eighth time in their last nine games, maintaining a 1 1/2-game lead over second-place Connecticut which won against Minnesota. Indiana swept the season series against San Antonio after winning 81-68 at home on Aug. 9.

Indiana trailed by four points in the third quarter but held San Antonio to 3 of 17 shooting in the fourth

Scholanda Robinson, Danielle Robinson and Perkins each scored 10 points for the Silver Stars (13-11), who lost for the sixth time in their last eight games. San Antonio started the season 5-1.

Silver Stars coach Dan Hughes was ejected with 4:02 left in the game when he got a second technical for arguing a foul call against Sophia Young. He earned his first with 1:25 left in the second quarter for protesting when no foul was called after Robinson’s shot was blocked.

The Silver Stars limited Indiana to only seven points in the third quarter, holding Catchings without a field-goal attempt, and led 54-50 going into the fourth.

Postgame Notes:

  • Lin Dunn won for the 78th time as the Indiana Fever's head coach, matching the club's franchise record for coaching wins. Brian Winters was 78-58 in four seasons from 2004-07. Dunn is currently 78-49 in her fourth season.
  • The Fever for the eighth time in its last nine games to maintain a 1 1/2-game lead over Connecticut in the WNBA's Eastern Conference. Connecticut downed West-leading Minnesota 108-79 on Tuesday.
  • The Fever reduced its magic number to clinch a playoff spot to 3 games - any combination of three Indiana wins or (5th place) Chicago losses will result in the Fever's seventh consecutive playoff berth.
  • Indiana is at Los Angeles on Thursday night (10:30 p.m. ET).