NEWARK – Essence Carson scored 21 points and Alex Montgomery added six of her 13 points in overtime to help the New York Liberty beat the Indiana Fever 75-68 in a matinee game Wednesday.
New York earned its second straight overtime victory after beating Tulsa in its home opener Friday.
The Fever, already with three veteran players injured until at least midseason, had to overcome the loss of another player to injury when Katie Douglas’ sore back kept her from attending the game at Prudential Center. She stayed behind at the team hotel while her teammates jumped to an early 22-8 lead after the first quarter. Indiana led by as many as 16 points before the Liberty cut the gap to six, 36-30, at intermission.
The Fever commanded a big lead early on the strength of 47 percent shooting in the opening period. Tamika Catchings had 12 points in the opening quarter and Shavonte Zellous had 10, but shooting turned cold as the lead evaporated.
In the fourth, Indiana (1-2) made just 3 of 16 shots as New York (2-1) rallied from an 11-point, third quarter deficit. The Liberty overcame a nearly 7 1/2 minute drought without a basket itself to force the extra period.
Indiana took a 68-67 lead in overtime on Briann January's jumper with 2:35 left. Montgomery made consecutive baskets, including one on a putback that gave New York a 71-68 lead with 1:04 left. After a Fever turnover with 14.7 seconds left, Indiana was forced to foul.
Catchings paced Indiana with 21 points and eight rebounds. Zellous added 15 points and January, who played nearly 44 minutes in the contest, finished with 13 points and five assists.