STAR OF THE GAME
Erin Phillips
Erin Phillips shot 7-of-15 from the floor and 4-of-7 from 3-point range to match her career high, 21 points. She also had four steals and two assists.
UNSUNG HERO
Tamika Catchings
Catchings recorded her 82nd career double-double, scoring 20 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. She shot 7-of-10 from the field and a perfect 6-of-6 from the charity strip.
QUOTABLE
Lin Dunn
In General:
“We are excited to end the regular season on a high note against a good Shock team. We used our zone more because only eight players were available. We are taking advantage of the opportunity to play all players. We are looking forward to game one versus Atlanta.”

Tamika Catchings
In General
“I feel like this last week has been a test for us, a good test for our bench. From a confidence standpoint going into this playoff, playing against Atlanta, it’s strong. We’ll get our three, Katie (Douglas), Bri (Briann January) and Shavonte (Zellous) back healthy. I think we’re on a high note right now.”

HIDDEN NUMBERS
Points in the paint:
Fever 36, Shock 16
Second-chance points:

Fever 16, Shock 3
Fast-break points:

Fever 8, Shock 9
Points off turnovers:

Fever 25, Shock 24
Starters scoring:

Fever 61, Shock 36
Bench scoring:

Fever 30, Shock 22
Fever Gets 22nd Win, Playoffs Are Next

Team Record 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Tulsa 9-25 24 8 11 15 58
at Indiana 22-12 18 25 28 20 91

By Tom Rietmann | September 23, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS -- Going with only eight healthy players for the second consecutive game, the Indiana Fever still accomplished its goals on Sunday evening.

Most importantly, the Fever ended the regular season on an upbeat and winning note, thumping the visiting Tulsa Shock, 91-58. It marked Indiana's 22nd victory for 2012, tying the franchise seasonal record. It also served as a nice bridge as the club now transitions into WNBA postseason play.

“It gives you momentum going into this Friday,” said Coach Lin Dunn, whose second-seeded Indiana team (22-12) will host No. 3 Atlanta (19-15) in the Eastern Conference semifinals. “It gives the fans momentum. They're excited about the next game.”

They're not the only ones. Indiana's reserves, who played solidly most of the season, will go into the postseason with another injection of confidence. That, too, was something Dunn wanted to see.

With starters Briann January (concussion symptoms), Shavonte Zellous (concussion symptoms) and Katie Douglas (illness) sitting out the end of regular-season play, the bench players received multiple and quality minutes.

Fever guard Erin Phillips played 39 minutes Sunday and led the game with a career-high-tying 21 points after leading her club with 19 in Friday's victory at Washington.

“Usually, this only happens in Europe,” Phillips, smiling, said about her heavy playing time against Tulsa after being on the court for 38 minutes at Washington.

“On a team note,” Phillips said, “we just wanted to get better. We wanted to play every game to win (as the season wound down). We just wanted to go out and play hard and be smart, too. It was fun.”

Jeanette Pohlen got a start against Tulsa and contributed 10 points. Jessica Davenport came off the bench for 18 points. Karima Christmas subbed early and often and wound up with 10 points and seven rebounds.

“I think it was good for the players who haven't been playing as much to get that experience, to get that level of play,” said Pohlen. “You never know what could happen in the playoffs. I think it was good for everybody who came in -- for our confidence and for Lin to get confidence in us, too.”

Tamika Catchings, last season's league MVP and a candidate to win again, played only 22 ½ minutes Sunday. It was Dunn's plan to keep the standout forward at 25 minutes or less.

Even with the extra rest time, Catchings produced an efficient 20 points and 10 rebounds for the 82nd double-double of her career. But she preferred to talk about her team's reserves with the playoffs looming.

“I felt like these last two games, we really stepped it up, especially without having (the three unhealthy starters),” Catchings said. “Going into the playoffs, one thing we know is that we need our bench. We need them to be at their best. This time has really given them confidence.”

Dunn said she expects January, Zellous and Douglas to be back for the playoffs. In their absence, the coach got an eyeful from the subs.

“The bad news is, people are hurt,” Dunn said. “The good news is, you find out a lot of things about some other people. We're just taking advantage of this opportunity to see what other people can do during this time of adversity.”

The game Sunday was close for a quarter, but Indiana changed that with a 23-5 run to end the first half. The Fever held Tulsa to eight, 11 and 15 points in the final three quarters. The Shock, coached by former Indiana assistant Gary Kloppenburg, shot 32.1 percent (18-of-56) from the field while Indiana hit 52.6 percent (30-of-57).

The Fever grabbed 45 rebounds to Tulsa's 32. Indiana's 91 points marked its fourth game this season with 90 or more.

“We didn't shoot the ball well, and (Indiana) executed on offense,” said Kloppenburg, whose rebuilding team finished 9-25 in his first season.

Postgame Notes:

  • With tonight’s win, the Fever finishes the 2012 regular season with a franchise record tying 22 wins and one home win (13) short of the all-time record.
  • With her 21 points, Erin Phillips tied her career-high and she equaled career-highs with four 3-pt FG and seven attempts from long distance
  • Tamika Catchings’s double-double (20 points, 10 rebounds) tonight is the 82nd of her career, second most in WNBA history.
  • Her 20 points is her most in the last seven games—since having 26 in the win at San Antonio, 9/7.
  • Tulsa’s eight points in the second quarter are the fewest allowed by Indiana in that period this season.
  • Including a career-best 8-8 from the foul line tonight, Jessica Davenport scored 13 points off the bench, her first in double figures in the last h Douglas had made at least one 3-pt FG.
  • Just two nights after registering her first career double-double at Washington, Erlana Larkins collected nine boards tonight. Her four offensive rebounds against the Shock tied her career-best and she has had three or more in each of the last nine games in a row. Larkins is now the team leader with 70 this season.
  • Every Fever player in uniform had at least one assist and the team’s 18 assists are its most in the last three games.
  • One short of her career-high, Erin Phillips led the Fever with four steals, her most this season. Indiana totaled 12 thefts, its third straight game with 12 steals and its 14th with 10 or more thefts this season.
  • The Fever’s 91 points are its fourth game with 90+ points in 2012, and its first in the last 24 games—since Indiana tallied a season-high 95 points vs. Connecticut, 6/21.
  • Tonight’s 33-point win is the team’s second largest of the season, and biggest since defeating Connecticut by 34 points (95-61) at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, 6/21.