STAR OF THE GAME
Tamika Catchings
Catchings had another complete game for the Fever despite the loss. Catchings scored 11 points, ripped down eight rebounds, and dished out a team-high five assists.
UNSUNG HERO
Jessica Davenport
Davenport continues to be a solid anchor for the Fever frontcourt. She came off the bench tonight to score six points and grab seven rebounds.
QUOTABLE
Lin Dunn
In general:
ďI give Connecticut credit. They played with an enormous sense of urgency. They looked like they were fighting for first place. They came off a tough road trip where they lost two games and they came in here with this enormous desire and sense of urgency to try to win the East and be first in the playoffs. We have to understand that we have a target on our back, everyone wants first place. We canít just show up and expect to win and itís very disappointing especially with our veteran team that we didnít match their level of intensity.Ē

HIDDEN NUMBERS
Points in the paint:
Fever 24, Sun 32
Second-chance points:

Fever 10, Sun 11
Fast-break points:

Fever 4, Sun 12
Points off turnovers:

Fever 11, Sun 24
Starters scoring:

Fever 34, Sun 51
Bench scoring:

Fever 21, Sun 32
Charles leads Sun to 83-55 win over Fever

Team Record 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Indiana 19-11 19 14 11 11 55
at Connecticut 19-12 22 26 20 15 83

UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) Tina Charles playfully tried to talk her way back into the lineup after the third period Friday night.She made the most of her opportunity when Connecticut Sun coach Mike Thibault relented and put her back in.

Charles recorded the fifth triple-double in WNBA history with 10 points, 10 assists and 16 rebounds, leading the Sun to an 83-55 victory over the Indiana Fever. Thibault had removed Charles at the end of the third period when she was one assist shy of a triple double.`She had eight assists at halftime. It wasn't hard to keep track,'' Thibault said. ``I said 'you'll get your chance.'''

It was the first triple double in franchise history and the first in the league since May 21, 2005, when Deanna Nolan of the Detroit Shock had a triple-double at Connecticut. Her 10th assist came with 8:25 remaining on Jessica Moore's jumper.

``We're getting to the time of year where it's time to start making better decisions,'' Charles said. ``I didn't want to force shots. I just passed. My teammates made the shots.'' Connecticut (19-12) moved within a half-game of first-place Indiana (19-11) and a step closer to earning homecourt in at least the first round of the playoffs.

``Coach told us on the bus ride to the airport (Wednesday in San Antonio) that last year at this time we were miserable because we weren't going to the playoffs,'' Charles said. ``He made us feel like things could always be worse and that this season is different.''

Danielle McCray scored 14 points, Kara Lawson added 12 and Asjha Jones had 10 for the Sun. ``We were locked in,'' Thibault said. Katie Douglas had 12 points and Tamika Catchings had 11 for the Fever (19-11).

Connecticut's lead never went below double digits in the second half. The Sun led by as many as 31. Charles also set a franchise record for made field goals in a season, sinking her 224th midway through the first half to eclipse Jones' mark of 223 set in 2008.

The Sun made six of 12 three-point field goals in the first half and shot 53 percent (19 of 36) overall. The Sun assisted on 18 of their 19 field goals and led 48-33 at halftime.``I give Connecticut a lot of credit,'' Indiana coach Lin Dunn said. ``They played with an enormous amount of urgency. It looked like they were fighting for first place.''

Postgame Notes:

  • Tonight's 28-point margin of defeat was the 4th-largest in franchise history and the largest since 2004.
  • The Feverís 22 points in the second half was a Sun opponent season low for points in a half. The previous was 26 on July 15 at New York.
  • Indiana Fever forward Jeanette Pohlen grabbed a career high eight rebounds, besting her previous mark of six on July 28 at Connecticut.