88 at Chicago
By Associated Press
ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) — Tamika Catchings and Katie Douglas scored 17 points each to help the Indiana Fever hold off the Chicago Sky 88-80 Sunday.
Erin Phillips had 16 points and reserve center Jessica Davenport added 14 for the Fever (20-11), who retained their half-game lead on second-place Connecticut in the Eastern Conference with three games to go.
Catchings had a three-point play with 57 seconds remaining that ended a scoring drought of more than 4 minutes and gave the Fever an 82-78 lead. Epiphanny Prince scored 21 points to lead Chicago (14-17), Sylvia Fowles had 15 and Tamera Young added 12.
The Sky were eliminated from playoff contention earlier Sunday when Atlanta clinched the East's fourth and final berth with a 73-52 win over Tulsa. Indiana dominated most of the third quarter and took a 64-53 lead on Tammy Sutton-Brown's jumper with 4:06 left. Chicago pulled within seven and trailed 72-64 entering the fourth.
Catchings, Douglas and Phillips each had nine points in a brisk first half as the Fever opened a 51-49 half-time lead. Young led the Sky with 10 points. In the opening quarter, Douglas scored five straight in the final minute to trim Chicago's lead to 26-25.
Indiana hit 9-of-12 3-pointers and was 30 of 55 from the field (55 percent). Chicago, which shot 62 percent in the first half, finished at 50 percent (32 for 64). The Sky had a 25-22 rebounding edge and outscored Indiana 44-36 in the paint.