McCoughtry leads Dream past Fever
|STAR OF THE GAME
Phillips played 34 minutes and shot nine of 14 from the field. She scored a team and career-high 21 points while also dishing out two assists.
Zellous was huge off the bench for Indiana as she chipped in 11 points and five rebounds in 23 minutes.
Points in the paint:
Fever 34, Dream 48
Fever 11, Dream 13
Fever 10, Dream 24
Points off turnovers:
Fever 11, Dream 23
Fever 74, Dream 78
Fever 16, Dream 14
By Associated Press | August 30, 2011
ATLANTA (AP) Sancho Lyttle hit a short jumper with 0.9 seconds left to give the Atlanta Dream a 92-90 victory over Indiana on Tuesday night, but the Fever still clinched a playoff berth.
The Dream trailed 88-83 with just over 2 minutes left, but took advantage of a steal by Armintie Price with 6 seconds left to race downcourt for the winning shot.
Angel McCoughtry had 28 points for Atlanta.
Indiana is in first place in the Eastern Conference, but the Fever (19-10) have dropped all three games to the Dream (16-13) this season.
Lyttle had 14 points and 11 rebounds.
Erin Phillips had 21 points and Tamika Catchings scored 20 for Indiana.
The Dream won despite losing leading rebounder and second-leading scorer Erika de Souza to a right ankle sprain midway in the third quarter. De Souza, who averages 12.7 points and 7.9 rebounds, had nine points and four rebounds when hurt.
Indiana shot 50 percent in the first half and was 4-for-7 on 3-pointers while taking a 49-46 halftime lead. Catchings had 11 first-half points and Shavonte Zelious came off the bench to score nine, all in the second quarter.
The Fever jumped to a 15-9 lead, but the Dream went on a 10-0 run and were up 23-19 at the end of the first quarter. Price had seven points and Lyttle scored six in the period for the Dream, the pair combining to shoot 6-for-7 from the floor.
The Dream outshot the Fever 55 percent to 39.2 percent while winning 86-80 on Saturday in Indiana, and took the teams' first meeting in Atlanta 84-74 on July 19. The teams finish the regular season at Indiana on Sept. 11.
Postgame Notes:Catchings has scored at least 20 points for the fifth time in seven games.
Phillips matched her career high of 21 points which, ironically, was established in Indiana’s loss at Philips Arena on July 19.
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The Fever remains one win shy of joining the Los Angeles Sparks (1998-06) as the only franchises ever to record six 20-win seasons in a 7-year span.
Indiana owns a run of seven straight seasons in the WNBA Playoffs and eight overall (2002, 2005-2011).
Only the Seattle Storm (currently 7 years) can claim a longer active streak in the WNBA, if they should clinch a spot in the upcoming playoffs.
Indiana’s 7-year playoff run matches the second-longest streak in WNBA history: 8, Los Angeles (1999-06); 7, Seattle (2004-10; 2011 pending); 7, Indiana (2005-11); 7, Detroit (2003-09); 7, Houston (1997-03).
Fever head coach Lin Dunn has reached the WNBA Playoffs for the fifth time as a WNBA head coach. Dunn owns the longest active playoff streak among current WNBA coaches (4 years, 2008-11). Seattle’s Brian Agler owns a three-year streak that would match Dunn, should the Storm clinch a playoff berth.
Lin Dunn is tied with the second-longest playoff streak among current WNBA coaches (Mike Thibault, 6, ’03-’08; Lin Dunn, 4, ’08-11; John Whisenant, 4, ’03-’06; Brian Agler, 3, ’08-10; 2011 pending)
The Fever has advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals on three occasions (2005, 2007, 2009) – each in an odd-numbered year.
Indiana’s 19-10 record is the second-best in the WNBA and, with five games remaining, is within reach of the club’s best records for wins. Indiana won 21 games in each of 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2010. The Fever won a franchise-record 22 games in 2009.
Indiana’s 12-3 record at Conseco Fieldhouse is within reach of another franchise mark. Indiana’s two best home seasons (14-3) were recorded in 2005 and 2009. The Fever has two remaining home games – Sept. 7 vs. Washington, Sept. 11 vs. Atlanta.