STAR OF THE GAME
Katie Douglas
Setting a franchise record with seven made 3-point field goals, Douglas scored a season-high 29 points. She added three rebounds, one assist and one steal in her 35 minutes of play.
UNSUNG HERO
Tamika Catchings
Catchings led the Fever in rebounding finishing the game with nine. She was the second leading scorer with 17 points, going 7-for-14 from the field and 3-for-6 from the 3-point line and added five assists and one steal.
QUOTABLE
Lin Dunn
In General:
“This was a good win against a really good team. We knew Atlanta would not go away and we matched their runs a number of times.”

Tamika Catchings
In General
“I felt like we answered every run that they came at us with. We started the game with a lot of energy and that was the big difference. We did a good job from the tip off, offensively and defensively.”

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

Fever 11, Dream 10
Fast-break points:

Fever 10, Dream 13
Points off turnovers:

Fever 16, Dream 11
Starters scoring:

Fever 70, Dream 46
Bench scoring:

Fever 16, Dream 26
Indiana Enjoys Complete and Satisfying Victory over Dream

Team Record 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Atlanta 10-11 12 21 17 22 72
at Indiana 12-7 22 24 19 21 86

By Associated Press | August 18, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indiana Fever can watch the videotape of Saturday night's 86-72 victory over Atlanta, package it and file it under E -- for exceptional.

“A really good win against a really good team,” Coach Lin Dunn said after her Indiana club lifted its record to 12-7 ahead of a three-game trip to play Western Conference teams.

Nobody on the Fever roster produced more exceptional play than Katie Douglas, who led all scorers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse with a season-high 29 points. She hit her first shot -- a layup -- and used that to jump-start a performance that saw her connect on a franchise-record seven 3-pointers in nine attempts.

Indiana, the WNBA's top 3-point team, totaled 12 in 27 tries. In fact, the club totaled at least 12 3-pointers for the fifth time this season compared to just three times in the first 12 years of its existence.

“Katie was hot,” Dunn said. “We started calling her number. We were calling any plays we could think of to get her 3s.”

Douglas, who has hit six 3-pointers a number of times in her career, knew she was having a nice night but didn't realize it was record-setting. She pointed to her opening layup as the pace-setter.

“As a shooter, when you see the ball go in on that first shot, it kind of starts loosening things up,” she said. “I felt extremely loose in warmups and then my teammates were doing a great job of finding me.

“Really, this win for us started defensively,” Douglas added, glancing at a boxscore that showed the Dream with just 12 first-quarter points. “Good defense for us translates to good offense. We were able to lock them up in the first quarter and that kind of helped us get momentum.”

What made the victory especially satisfying for Indiana was the way all 11 players contributed. The Fever held Atlanta to 35.4 percent shooting (23-of-65) and rebounded competitively with the visitors.

Three Indiana players besides Douglas reached double-digit scoring: Tamika Catchings with 17, Briann January with 13 and Shavonte Zellous with 11.

Zellous turned in a strong defensive effort against Angel McCoughtry, the WNBA's leading scorer, who reached her average with 22 points but needed 19 shots. Zellous battled McCoughtry all over the floor in an effort to deny her the ball. And if she got it, Zellous was in her face.

Zellous' teammates noticed the hard work.

“Offensively and defensively, she's coming into her own,” Catchings said. “She's a lot more comfortable with where she's going to get her shots. And defensively, to have somebody out there like her who can defend the best players, that's a really big asset for this team.”

Said Zellous: “My goal was to limit Angel's touches. At the end, she got off a little bit, but we came out with this great team win.”

Atlanta never led. The Dream's 22.2 percent shooting in the first quarter and an early 13-1 run by Indiana set the tone. The Fever opened an 18-point bulge in the second quarter while McCoughtry, who had only four points at halftime, struggled to get going.

“Nothing came easy for her,” Dunn said about her team's defense on McCoughtry. “We were trapping her a lot when she drove the baseline. I thought Z did a really good job. That's about the best we can do with her. She's that good.”

The victory -- Indiana's second straight at home -- enabled the Fever to retain a solid second-place position in the Eastern Conference, three games behind Connecticut (16-5) and three games ahead of Atlanta (10-11).

“I felt like this was a really complete game for us,” Catchings said. “Just from an execution standpoint, I thought we did a good job for 40 minutes. From the beginning of the game, I just felt like we kind of steamrolled through.”

Postgame Notes:

  • Tonight’s win is the Fever’s third in four games with Atlanta this season, giving it the tie-breaker in the Eastern Conference playoff picture.
  • Katie Douglas’s season-high 29 points included 7-9 from 3-pt range and that is a franchise record for 3-pt field goals made.
  • Douglas is one of just two players (along with San Antonio’s Becky Hammon) to hit a WNBA season-high seven 3-pt FG in 2012.
  • As a team, the Fever made 12 3-pt FG, its fifth game with at least 12 3-pt FG this season. Prior to this season, the Fever had hit at least 12 3-pt FG just three times in its first 12 seasons in the WNBA.
  • The Fever has averaged 8.68 3-pt FG/game this season, on pace to shatter the record of 8.34 3-pt FG/game set by the Phoenix Mercury in 2007.
  • The Fever outrebounded its opponent for the second straight game, 36-34, and it is 5-1 this season when doing so.
  • Including five each from Tamika Catchings and Briann January, the Fever had 20 assists for the second straight contest. It has now had 20 or more assists five times this season.
  • With her five assists tonight, Catchings has surpassed Vickie Johnson for eighth place on the WNBA’s all-time career list.
  • The Fever had six blocked shots tonight, including a career-high two from Briann January.
  • Including her 1-1 from long range tonight, Karima Christmas is 2-3 from 3-pt range in a Fever uniform.
  • With its 86 points tonight, the Fever has scored 80+ points in 12 of 19 games and raised its scoring average for the season to 80.4 ppg.
  • The Fever shot 90+ percent from the foul line (.909) for the second time this season, but was outscored, 20-10, at the line by Atlanta, which shot 20-28 FT. Atlanta’s 28 free throw attempts tied the second most by an Indiana opponent this season, and were the most by the opposition since the Dream attempted 28 at Philips Arena, 6/26.