Sunburst Too Bright for Fever, 68-55
July 26, 2005 at Mohegan Sun Arena (Uncasville, Conn.)
The Eastern Conference-leading Sun remain the only team in the WNBA this season with a perfect home record (9-0). The Sun have won 14 straight at Mohegan Sun arena, dating to last season. They have won 4 of 5 overall.
Connecticut extended its conference lead over the second-place Fever to 3 1/2 games. Indiana, whose 9-2 mark against the East remains tops in the WNBA, lost for just the second time in seven games since the All-Star Break.
Tully Bevilaqua had a career-high 19 points for Indiana. Tamika Catchings, limited to just five points in the first half, finished with 13 to go with 10 rebounds and four assists.
Lindsay Whalen shot a career-best 4-for-4 from beyond the arc and scored 13 points for Connecticut.
Whalen provided most of the offense early for Connecticut, hitting consecutive 3s that gave the Sun the lead for good at 10-8. Sales then heated up and scored all 13 of her first-half points in the final 9:51 before intermission.
The Sun broke the game open with a 12-0 run and held Indiana scoreless for five minutes. Connecticut led by as many as 17 down the stretch and took a 39-25 lead at the break.
Dydek's post play got the Sun's transition going each time Indiana threatened.
The Fever got within seven points twice in the final 4 minutes. Bevilaqua scored seven straight Fever points with a three-point play, a 3-pointer and another free throw to pull Indiana within seven points at 61-54 with 3:18 remaining. After Catchings made a free throw to cut the lead to 62-55 with 2:57 left, Sales hit Katie Douglas with an inbounds pass - Douglas converted and the Fever never got closer.
The Fever returns to Conseco Fieldhouse to host the Washington Mystics on Friday (7:00 p.m.).