INDIANA FEVER AT CHICAGO SKY
WNBA | Allstate Arena
September 6, 2013
Game Recap - Fever 82, Sky 77
CHICAGO – Briann January scored a career-high 23 points and Erlana Larkins added 13 points, 12 rebounds and a career-high six assists to pace the Indiana Fever to an 82-77 win over the Chicago Sky on Friday.
January scored a career-best five 3-pointers to spark an Indiana club that hit eight overall while winning for the second time in three games. The defending champion Fever (14-16) moved into a third-place tie with Washington in the Eastern Conference and can clinch its ninth consecutive playoff spot with a win Saturday against the Connecticut Sun.
“I wanted just to be sure I was balanced,” said January, who missed Wednesday’s game in Atlanta due to illness. “I felt good though, the shots were falling and my teammates kept finding me.”
Chicago (21-9), which has already clinched the best record in the East, snapped a six-game win streak while falling to Indiana for the third time in four games.
After a 19-19 first quarter, it was all Indiana, which got double-figure scoring from all five starters.
The Fever opened a 35-30 advantage on a 3-pointer by January and after Sylvia Fowles made it 35-32, Indiana sandwiched a 17-6 run around halftime to lead 52-38. Larkins had seven points during the run, January had four.
A pair of free throws by Fowles preceded January’s fifth 3-pointer as the Fever established a 15-point lead with 5:40 left in the third.
Indiana assumed its largest lead of the contest early in the fourth when Indiana’s bench scored six straight points during an 8-2 run, capped by a layup from Shavonte Zellous for a 70-54 lead.
Chicago engineered a frantic rally in the final minutes, pulling within 75-69 with a minute remaining, but never got closer than six until the final seconds.
Zellous added 14 points for Indiana and Karima Christmas had 11. Tamika Catchings scored 10 points with 10 rebounds for the 88th double-double of her career, the most among active players in the WNBA.
Fowles led the Sky with 23 points and was followed in the scoring column by Elena Delle Donne with 14 and 13 apiece from Swin Cash and Epiphanny Prince.
“We did a good job of making everything difficult for [Chicago],” said Fever coach Lin Dunn. We didn’t let them have anything easy. That was the game plan.”
“[Chicago is] a very good team,” she added. They have a lot of bullets in their gun. But we contested everything they did.”
Hoping for a 10th playoff appearance overall and coming all the way back from a 1-7 start due to a rash of injuries, the Fever hosts the Sun at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Saturday (7:00 p.m.) for Breast Health Awareness Night.
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