Indiana 83, New York 69
INDIANAPOLIS, June 18 (AP) -- Tamika Catchings was back to her old tricks, doing the little things that has made her one of the WNBA's most versatile players.
The Indiana forward had 11 points, five rebounds and three steals, and the Fever beat New York 83-69 on Wednesday night for their fourth straight win against the Liberty.
Catchings, who suffered a torn right Achilles' tendon in last year's Eastern Conference Finals and underwent surgery in September, came off the bench to play nearly 14 minutes in her second game of the season. She finished with two points and one rebound in Sunday's loss to San Antonio.
"The first game, I was playing like 3 minutes, 3 minutes, 3 minutes. Every time I started getting on a roll it was time to come out,'' Catchings said. "Tonight, it felt a lot more comfortable being out there with my teammates.
"At this point, it's kind of like I'm kamikaze because I'm so happy to be out there. I'm just flying here and flying there.''
Catchings was less aggressive in her season debut against San Antonio.
"Tamika started looking like her old self,'' Indiana coach Lin Dunn said. "With Catch coming back it puts more pressure on the defense as far as who to guard.''
Katie Douglas had 16 points and eight rebounds, Tan White scored 11 and Tammy Sutton-Brown chipped in 10 for the Fever (6-4), who won their 10th consecutive regular-season home game against the Liberty.
Catchings couldn't explain the recent dominance over New York at Conseco Fieldhouse.
"I don't think we've ever really thought about it,'' she said. "One of the biggest things we focus on is taking care of home court, regardless if it's New York or whoever we play.''
"Indiana came out and really set the tone early,'' New York coach Pat Coyle said. "Through the first half and going into the third quarter, they had intensity at both ends that we didn't match. That's where we dug ourselves into a hole.''
The Fever, who led 23-20 entering the second quarter, took control with a 13-4 run before halftime. Sutton-Brown's layup extended their advantage to 41-30.
Indiana opened a 55-37 edge following 3-pointers by Tully Bevilaqua and Douglas with 4 minutes left in the third quarter. Catchings' layup pushed the lead to 63-41 later in the period.
Tiffany Jackson's two free throws got the Liberty to 73-61 midway through the fourth quarter, but Douglas scored the next five points to help seal the victory.
"I'm impressed with our energy and effort,'' Dunn said. "It was good to see us bounce back and really go at New York.''