INDIANAPOLIS, August 3 (Ticker) -- Tamika Whitmore scored 18 points and Tamika Catchings added 17 to lead the Indiana Fever to a 69-59 triumph over the Minnesota Lynx.

It was the fifth victory in the last eight games for Indiana (18-11), which climbed within two games of Detroit (19-8) for second place in the Eastern Conference.

Catchings collected seven rebounds, six assists and four steals while Anna DeForge scored 11 points for the Fever, who ended the contest with a 10-0 run.

With the game tied, 59-59, Catchings drilled a short jumper with 1:30 remaining to break the deadlock and give Indiana the lead for good. DeForge knocked down a crucial 3-pointer just 30 seconds later, extending the advantage to 64-59.

Rookie sensation Seimone Augustus scored 16 points and Amber Jacobs added 11 for Minnesota (9-20), which has dropped a season-high five straight contests.