Castro Marques has 30, Dream beat Fever 94-77
|STAR OF THE GAME
Douglas continues her hot play in the month of September. In 36 minutes, Douglas stuffed the stat sheet with 25 points, six assists, and fve rebounds. Douglas tied a franchise high in three's as she tossed in five three pointers.
In 23 minutes, Davenport led the Fever bench with 12 points and grabbing seven rebounds.
On tonight's game:
“I thought Atlanta did a great job protecting their home court. We knew they wouldn’t lay down after the first game. We knew they were going to come out with a lot of energy and intensity and rally around the fact that de Souza wasn’t there. So give them credit. We missed shots we needed to hit. We knew Angel would bounce back and Castro Marques really hurt us with her shooting so we’ll have to discuss adjustments. We did pretty well on the boards. Points in the paint hurt us with some run outs they got. We have to re-group at home. That’s why we won the East so we could have home court advantage. We knew it wouldn’t be easy. ”
On coming back for Game 3
“Atlanta had more will than we did tonight. Give them credit. I expect a response from the Fever on Tuesday night.”
Points in the paint:
Fever 38, Dream 40
Fever 14, Dream 11
Fever 11, Dream 25
Points off turnovers:
Fever 8, Dream 18
Fever 53, Dream 87
Fever 24, Dream 7
By Associated Press | September 25, 2011
ATLANTA (AP) Iziane Castro Marques moved into Atlanta's starting lineup and scored a season-high 30 points as the Dream beat the Indiana Fever 94-77 on Sunday to even the Eastern Conference finals.
Angel McCoughtry had 27 points for Atlanta, which thrived in Game 2 with a small lineup made necessary when starting center Erika de Souza left to play for Brazil in an Olympics qualifying tournament in Colombia.
The deciding Game 3 in the best-of-three series will be played Tuesday at Indianapolis.
WNBA MVP Tamika Catchings had only eight points, 7 below her average, before hurting her right foot and leaving with 4:54 remaining. Catchings suffered the injury when she landed on Alison Bales' foot when attempting to defend Bales' shot. Catchings was carried off the court by her teammates.
Katie Douglas made five 3-pointers and led Indiana with 25 points. Jessica Davenport had 12 points and Tammy Sutton-Brown scored 11 for the Fever.
Atlanta never trailed, but Indiana closed to 57-55 early in the second half. The Dream answered with a 12-2 run capped by McCoughtry's three-point play.
The Dream stretched the lead to 85-69, when Bales made a jump shot over Catchings, who took a few steps and then collapsed to the floor.
Dream coach Marynell Meadors could have plugged in the 6-foot-7 Bales for de Souza but instead adjusted with a small lineup to emphasize Atlanta's speed. The 6-foot Castro Marques joined the lineup as a third guard with Lindsey Harding and Armintie Price.
Castro Marques had 13 points in the third quarter, filling the scoring void left by the loss of de Souza, who was averaging 12 points and 10.7 rebounds in the playoffs.
Tangela Smith, who led Indiana with 25 points in its 82-74 win in Game 1, battled foul problems and had only five points.
McCoughtry, held to 11 points while limited by foul trouble in the opening game, regrouped with 13 points in the first period. McCoughtry had four points in a 10-0 run late in the period as the Dream took a big lead of 11 points at 34-23.
Postgame Notes:The halftime score of 55-51, was the second highest scoring half in WNBA Playoff history. Indiana;s 51 points was the teams third highest scoring half in a playoff game.
The 55 points the Fever allowed in the first half was the third highest total in one half that the Fever has allowed in playoff history.
Katie Douglas had 25 points, which marks the fourth time in five playoffs games that Douglas has scored 20 or more points.
Douglas made five three pointers in the contest which ties the same franchise record for thee's made in a playoff game that forward Tangela Smith set in Game 1.
Forward Tamika Catchings sustained a right foot injury that will be evaluated further on Monday in Indianapolis.
Indiana Pacers Head Coach Frank Vogel is inviting fans to be his guest for the decisive Game 3 of the WNBA Eastern Conference Finals on Tuesday, Sept. 27 at Conseco Fieldhouse. Tipoff between the Indiana Fever and Atlanta Dream isat 8 p.m. Vogel will greet fans at the Conseco Fieldhouse Box Office on Monday, Sept. 26 at noon. The first 250 fans will receive a voucher redeemable for four complimentary lower level tickets to attend Tuesday night’s Game 3 of the East Finals.