STAR OF THE GAME
Briann January
In 26 minutes January led Indiana with 20 points, shooting 8-of-14 from the field and 4-of-5 from behind the arc. She also added three assists and one steal.
UNSUNG HERO
Shavonte Zellous
Zellous helped spark the Fever's 10-0 run to start the game, scoring 11 of her 13 points in the first quarter. She hit 5-of-8 from the floor and finished with six rebounds, leading Indiana.
QUOTABLE
Lin Dunn
In General:
“I was very pleased with our team tonight. We set the tone early. I was disappointed we let the game get away the other night. Our bench did a good job. It was a well- played first half. We did things we had talked about. Our defense set the tone for us.”

Briann January
In General
“We started it from the tipoff. We picked up our defense, went back to basics and got us back into the flow. We made it a point to get to the rim and attack them, make them play defense. We were more aggressive going to the basket instead of settling for jump shots.”

HIDDEN NUMBERS
Points in the paint:
Fever 30, Sun 16
Second-chance points:

Fever 4, Sun 7
Fast-break points:

Fever 13, Sun 4
Points off turnovers:

Fever15, Sun 12
Starters scoring:

Fever 65, Sun 34
Bench scoring:

Fever 30, Sun 27
Fever turns in sterling effort

Team Record 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Connecticut 9-3 13 17 19 12 61
at Indiana 6-4 25 32 12 26 95

By Tom Rietmann | June 21, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS -- When the Indiana Fever plays with this kind of offensive precision and defensive fierceness, there's little an opponent can do to blunt the push. The Connecticut Sun found out Thursday night.

Six Indiana players scored in double figures, which has happened only four times in franchise history, and the Fever totaled a season high for points. The Sun shot a meager 32.8 percent from the field (20-of-61), including a 2-of-17 mark on 3-pointers, and scored a season low for an Indiana foe.

The final score reflected the magnitude of Indiana's a victory – 95-61 – with the 34-point margin marking the worst loss in Connecticut team history.

“It was,” said Indiana Coach Lin Dunn, “by far the best game we've played this year.”

The Fever lifted its record to 6-4 ahead of a three-game trip that begins Saturday night at Tulsa. The Sun, like the Fever a strong contender in the WNBA Eastern Conference, fell to 9-3.

Indiana opened a 10-0 lead, expanded it to 37-17 in the second quarter and was up 57-30 at halftime. Other than a skittish start to the third quarter, the Fever cruised.

“We really came out on defense and that fueled our offense,” said Indiana point guard Briann January, who scored a career-high 20 points. “When we're playing defense, turning them over, getting easy things in transition, that fuels us. That loosens us up a bit.

“We wanted to come out of the gate hard … just make a statement from the jump. That's what we did.”

January and fellow point guard Erin Phillips, who had 14 points, combined to hit 7-of -9 from the 3-point arc. They also had seven of the team's 23 assists on 36 field goals.

“We're starting to find our groove as a team,” said Phillips, who has totaled 25 points in two games since returning from a stint with her Australian national team.

“We're a team that can still build on things and get better,” Phillips noted. “We're definitely a team that's not satisfied. We want to get better, and we push each other to get better. I think this (game) is a benchmark. From here, we just need to keep growing.”

Katie Douglas scored 17 points while Shavonte Zellous and Tamika Catchings had 13 each. Catchings, who also had 10 rebounds, finished two assists shy of a triple-double. Jeanette Pohlen scored 12 points, all from the 3-point line.

“For 30 or 35 minutes, it was definitely one of the best games we've had this season,” Catchings said, echoing her head coach.

The 57-point first half ranked as the second-biggest output in Fever club history.

“We came out blazing in the first two quarters,” Douglas said. “I think it was the most fun we've had as far as playing together and playing almost a complete game. I think we did well, and we're hoping to build off this and be ready on Saturday.”

The Sun was led in scoring with 11 points from Mistie Mims. Tina Charles, Connecticut's Olympic center, garnered only six points on 3-of-11 shooting.

The Fever victory over Connecticut on Thursday came two days after Indiana lost in overtime at the Sun's arena, 88-85.

“I thought we came out with an enormous amount of energy,” Dunn said. “I thought we were defending at a very, very high level. I think we were really disappointed that we let that game slip away from us the other night.”

Postgame Notes:

  • Indiana’s 95 points tonight are its most this season and its 57 points in the first half matched the second most in a half in franchise history.
  • The 34-point win is Indiana’s largest ever against Connecticut and ties the third largest ever in franchise history.
  • The 34-point loss is the largest ever in Connecticut history.
  • The Fever’s 27-point halftime is the largest ever for a Connecticut opponent and it is the second largest in Fever history.
  • Indiana had six players in double figures for just the fourth time in franchise history.
  • With her two 3-pt FG tonight, Katie Douglas became the fifth player in WNBA history hit 600 3-pt FG in her career.
  • Indiana’s nine 3-pt FG in the first half were its most ever in any half and matched the third best figure in WNBA history.
  • Indiana hit a franchise record 15 3-pt FG in the game and it is one shy of the WNBA record.
  • Briann January’s team-high 20 points are her most ever as a professional. January connected on a career-high four 3-pt FG tonight.
  • With 13 points and 10 rebounds, Tamika Catchings registered the 74th double-double of her career, fifth most in WNBA history, and just one behind Catchings’s former Tennessee teammate Chamique Holdsclaw.
  • The Indiana defense held the Sun’s leading scorer, Tina Charles, to just six points on 3-11 FG, her first in single digits this season. Charles’s eight rebounds tonight matched her fewest of the season. Tonight is the first time in her career seven games against the Fever that she has NOT had a double-double.
  • Connecticut’s six assists tonight are the fewest by any team in the league this season and are one off the fewest ever recorded by a Fever opponent.
  • Including a season-high eight from Tamika Catchings, the Fever tied a season-high with 23 assists tonight.
  • Indiana shot 54.5 percent from the floor tonight, its first of 50+ percent this season.
  • With her four steals, Tamika Catchings tied her season-high and tied Katie Douglas for the most by any Fever player this season.
  • Connecticut shot just 32.8 percent from the floor tonight, the lowest by any Fever opponent this season.
  • Indiana’s 62.5 percent from 3-pt range (15-24) tied for the best by any team in the WNBA this season. Chicago hit that same figure at Washington, 5/19.