STAR OF THE GAME
Shannon Bobbitt
Bobbitt played a team high 36 minutes tonight and took command of the point guard position in the absence of starter Erin Phillips. Bobbitt scored a career high16 points and dished out a team high seven assists .
UNSUNG HERO
Shavonte Zellous
In 16 minutes Zellous was a spark off the Fever bench. She paced the bench scoring nine points, grabbing two rebounds and dishing out four assists.
QUOTABLE
Lin Dunn
In general:
"We did everything you could do on the road and a man down, but [New York] just killed us on the boards. Second-chance points killed us. We both shot 50 percent and we had our chances to get back into it, but I am really, really disappointed that we didn't challenge on the boards."

Shannon Bobbitt
In general
"Without Erin [Phillips], we have people playing some different roles and playing more minutes than normal. I knew that I had to step up my game and play a bigger role, myself. I'm different from Erin. I like to make points on easy baskets and transition, and I think I did that, but we had stretches where we didn't get through our sets on offense."

HIDDEN NUMBERS
Points in the paint:
Fever 28, Liberty 30
Second-chance points:

Fever 9, Liberty 20
Fast-break points:

Fever 13, Liberty 10
Points off turnovers:

Fever 20, Liberty 19
Starters scoring:

Fever 57, Liberty 58
Bench scoring:

Fever 18, Liberty 25
Carson, Vaughn lead Liberty past Fever, 83-75

Team Record 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Indiana 21-12 21 14 20 20 75
at New York 19-14 29 18 18 18 83

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) Essense Carson scored 18 points, Kia Vaughn had 15 points and nine rebounds, and the New York Liberty beat the first-place Indiana Fever 83-75 Friday night.

Nicole Powell added 13 points, and Plenette Pierson and Cappie Pondexter had 12 apiece to help the Liberty (19-14) pull into a tie with Atlanta for third place in the Eastern Conference with one game remaining. New York visits second-place Connecticut on Sunday, while the Dream visit Indiana. Katie Douglas scored 17 points and Shannon Bobbitt had a career-high 16 points for the Fever (21-12), who had already secured the No. 1 seed in the East.

Trailing by 13 with 5 1/2 minutes to go, Indiana scored seven consecutive points to pull to 75-69 with 3:13 remaining. Bobbitt made her fourth 3-pointer of the second half to start the run, and Jessica Davenport and Douglas had layups. However, Leilani Mitchell and Powell made 3s about 50 seconds apart to seal the Liberty's win. Powell made consecutive jumpers and Pierson made two free throws to push New York's lead to 71-57 with 7:06 remaining

Shavonte Zellous followed with a 3 and Bobbitt had a layup to get Indiana within single digits again 27 seconds later. However, Kara Braxton hit a jumper and Pierson made two free throws to put the Liberty ahead 75-62 with 5:28 left, before the Fever made another run.

After Bobbitt's 3 in the opening minute of the third quarter pulled Indiana within nine, the Liberty scored the next eight points to take a 55-38 lead on Vaughn's free throws with 6:44 to go in the period. Jeanette Pohlen, Douglas and Bobbitt made consecutive 3s to get Indiana within eight less than 2 minutes later. Pierson followed with a layup for New York, and Bobbitt hit her third 3 of the period and Douglas made 1 of 2 from the line to pull the Fever to 57-51 with 3:54 left.

Catchings then made three free throws, including a technical on Liberty coach John Whisenant, to get Indiana within five 36 seconds later. However, the Liberty closed the third quarter with a 6-1 run, including Carson's buzzer-beater from inside the 3-point line, to extend the lead back to double digits at 65-55.

Neither team made a field goal for the first 2 1/2 minutes of the second quarter. Alex Montgomery made 1 of 2 free throws with under 8 minutes to go, and Mitchell hit a 3 to give the Liberty a 33-21 lead with 7 1/2 minutes to go.The teams played close the rest of the period, with Indiana cutting the deficit to eight points three times. Braxton's layup beat the halftime buzzer to give New York a 47-35 lead at the break.

Carson led the Liberty with 12 points. Douglas and Tangela Smith had nine each for the Fever. New York shot 51 percent (18 for 35) in the half, while Indiana was at 45 percent (14 for 31).

Postgame Notes:

  • Making her first pro start since 2009 and playing near her hometown (Bronx, N.Y.), Shannon Bobbitt scored a career-high 16 points while adding a season-high seven assists. Bobbitt played 35 minutes while replacing injured starter Erin Phillips (sprained left ankle). Phillips is expected to return for the WNBA Playoffs which begin next week.
  • Tangela Smith scored nine points, to draw within three of becoming just the 8th player in WNBA history with 5,000 career points. She now has 4,997 entering Sunday's regular season finale.
  • Indiana hosts Atlanta in a regular season finale on Sunday (5 p.m.). The Fever will issue commemorative Tamika Catchings posters to the first 3,000 fans to salute a Catchings Decade during its Fan Appreciation Night.