Mercury Snap Losing Streak to Fever
By CLIFF BRUNT, AP Sports Writer

Phoenix 89, Indiana 78

INDIANAPOLIS, June 15 (AP) -- Diana Taurasi had seen enough of the Phoenix Mercury's up-and-down play, so she took charge.

The shooting guard scored 11 of her 21 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Mercury to an 89-78 victory over Indiana on Friday night that snapped the Fever's four-game winning streak.

It was Indiana's first home loss. Phoenix's breakthrough win came two days after a loss to previously winless Washington.

"It comes to a point where we have to grow up,'' Taurasi said. "We play at a high level sometimes, and other times, we play at a level that's disgusting to watch. We have to really grow up and hold ourselves to a high standard every night we go out.''

Cappie Pondexter scored 22 points and former Indiana player Kelly Miller added nine points, 11 rebounds and eight assists for the Mercury (7-5). Another former Indiana player, Kelly Schumacher, scored 14 points for Phoenix.

Tamika Catchings had 17 points and 15 rebounds and Tammy Sutton-Brown scored 17 points for the Fever (8-2).

Indiana coach Brian Winters was asked if the Fever were focusing on Saturday's game at Eastern Conference rival Detroit. The Fever were the league leaders in scoring defense, but they gave up their highest point total ever at Conseco Fieldhouse.

"I'd like to think we weren't looking past Phoenix, but I don't know,'' Winters said. "We've just got to play the way we've played most of the time.''

Phoenix shot just 39 percent from the field, but committed only six turnovers and outscored the Fever 26-2 in fastbreak points.

"They played zone and we didn't hit,'' Winters said. "We need to get the ball inside against the zone and we didn't. They ran out all our misses.''

Indiana set a team record for rebounds with 46, nine more than the Mercury. Phoenix outscored the Fever 25-10 from the free throw line.

Phoenix led 62-58 at the end of the third quarter, and the Mercury scored two quick baskets to increase the lead to eight and force the Fever to call a timeout.

Indiana rallied quickly and Catchings blocked Schumacher's shot, then scored on a reverse layup on the other end to cut Phoenix's lead to 66-64.

Taurasi made a mid-range jumper and was fouled by Indiana's Tamika Whitmore, who argued the call and drew a technical foul. Taurasi finished the three-point play and made the technical free throw to bump the lead back to 70-64.

Tan White's layup with 3:47 left capped a 9-2 run and gave Indiana a 72-71 lead. Taurasi, despite having five fouls, scored seven points in the final 3:28.

"When you're sitting out for five minutes, you should be rested and come in and do something,'' Taurasi said.

Catchings had said the Fever's 90-62 win over Seattle on Wednesday was the best performance she's been a part of in her six years with the team. She was disappointed in the way the team followed up.

"We weren't aware of the ball,'' she said. "We just didn't play defense, more than anything.''

Phoenix 89, Indiana 78
Diana Taurasi scored 11 of her 21 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Mercury to an 89-78 victory over Indiana on Friday night that snapped the Fever's four-game winning streak