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By CLIFF BRUNT
Posted Oct 22 2012 9:24AM

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The Indiana Fever made it their mission to get Tamika Catchings a WNBA championship.

Catchings had won three Olympic gold medals and an NCAA championship at Tennessee in 1998, but never one in the WNBA. She scored 25 points to help the Indiana Fever win their first WNBA title with an 87-78 victory over the Minnesota Lynx on Sunday night.

While Catchings was impressive, Erin Phillips and Erlana Larkins played the best basketball of their careers in the Finals to help their leader complete the circle.

``Everybody talks about the missing piece in Tamika Catchings' career, and our players took that personally,'' Indiana coach Lin Dunn said. ``I really believe that was an incentive.''

Even Minnesota coach Cheryl Reeve, public enemy No. 1 in Indiana for her outbursts and interactions with the fans, felt Catchings deserved to win a title.

``There's not anybody that cannot be happy for Tamika Catchings to finally get a championship,'' Reeve said. ``We were trying to keep her from getting it, but it didn't happen, and now that she's got it, she's easy to be happy.''

Catchings, who was the MVP of the Finals, averaged 22.3 points in the series, which the Fever won 3-1 over the defending WNBA champions.

She had been in a position to clinch at home before. The Fever led Phoenix 2-1 in the best-of-five WNBA Finals in 2009, but the Mercury beat the Fever 90-77, took the series back to Phoenix and won the title at home in Game 5.

This time, Catchings took it home with Pat Summitt, her coach at Tennessee, looking on in the crowd. The two shared a long hug after the victory. She shed a lot of tears in the postgame celebration.

``When you come into this league, your goal and dream is to win a WNBA championship,'' said Catchings. ``Twelve years later . it's so sweet right now.''

Phillips had 18 points and eight rebounds, while Shavonte Zellous and Briann January each had 15 points.

The Fever won even though No. 2 scorer Katie Douglas missed most of the series with a severely sprained left ankle. Douglas checked in for the first time in the series with 3.2 seconds left in Game 4 to a loud ovation.

Minnesota was trying to become the first team to repeat since Los Angeles in 2001 and 2002.

``It was hard being the hunted, as we all know,'' Reeve said. ``There's a reason this hasn't been done in over 10 years. I really felt like if there was a team that could do it, it was our team.''

Indiana held Minnesota below 40 percent shooting in all three wins.

``They played good defense,'' Minnesota guard Lindsay Whalen said. ``They contested shots and they made it tough for us to get in the lane a little bit. I think that was the theme of the whole series. They were just tough, and give them credit for the way they played.''

Indiana led 63-58 at the end of the third quarter. Minnesota cut Indiana's lead to 70-67 on a jumper by Maya Moore, but Phillips scored on a drive past Moore, got a defensive rebound, then found Zellous for a 3-pointer from the left corner to give the Fever a 75-67 lead with 4:58 remaining.

Indiana led by at least five points the rest of the way. A 3-pointer by January gave Indiana an 80-72 lead with 1:18 to play. Reeve was called for a technical with 57.6 seconds remaining, Catchings made the free throw and the Fever took an 81-74 lead. Zellous made two more free throws with 27.2 seconds to play, and Fever fans began celebrating.

Seimone Augustus, Minnesota's leading scorer in the playoffs, was held to eight points on 3-for-21 shooting. She shot 6-for-30 in the final two games of the series after the Fever switched January over to guard her.

Catchings said January, who was on the WNBA first-team all-defense squad, did her job.

``I think she set the tone,'' Catchings said. ``All (Augustus') baskets were hard. She used up all her energy in the first quarter.''

Whalen scored 22 points and Moore added 16 points for the Lynx, who were vying to become the first team to win consecutive titles since Los Angeles in 2001 and 2002.

Moore picked up her third foul with 6:13 left in the second quarter. Reeve, who was fined for her jacket-tossing tantrum in Game 2, became animated again while disagreeing with the call. As the crowd erupted, Reeve waved hello and made the motion for a technical foul.

This time, Reeve's antics didn't help much as in Game 2, when her team pulled away from a tight contest for a convincing win. Minnesota tied the game three times in the second quarter, but the Fever closed with a 7-2 run, including a 3-pointer by Phillips, to take a 47-42 lead at halftime. Whalen scored 14 points in the first half to keep the Lynx in the game, often scoring on uncontested drives. Minnesota hung tough, despite Augustus shooting 2 for 13 in the first half.

It was right there for the Fever.

``Coming into halftime, we said we have 20 minutes and we're not trying to go back to Minnesota to close this thing out,'' Zellous said.

Indiana started the second half on a 9-4 run, including two buckets by Catchings, to take a 56-46 lead.

Minnesota came right back. A driving layup by Moore cut Indiana's lead to 56-54 and forced the Fever to call timeout.

Minnesota tied the game on another drive by Moore, but the Fever responded with a 3-pointer by Catchings and a basket by Jessica Davenport to push the lead back to five by the end of the quarter.

Indiana then closed the deal at home in front of a sellout crowd.

``They made some huge runs at us and gave it everything at us, and I'm just relieved more than anything because we deserve this,'' Phillips said. ``We've been through so much as a team, we've lost in crucial times and we've stuck together. I'm just so proud right now.''


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Lynx
Fever
     
    • 42.7%

    • 37.3%

    • 30.8%

    • 34.8%

    • 83.3%

    • 93.5%

  • FG %
  • 3FG%
  • FT %
MIN IND
Total Rebounds 9 6
Offensive Rebounds 12 14
Turnovers 12 8
Fast Break Pts: 10 10
Biggest Lead: 2 10
Points in the Paint: 42 20
MIN IND
p Whalen   22 Catchings   25
rb Augustus   7 Larkins   13
a Whalen   8 Catchings   8
s 2 players   1 3 players   1
b McWilliams-Franklin   2 Catchings   3
 
  • 09/14 - MIN 66 @ IND 64
  • 09/17 - IND 79 @ MIN 86
Minnesota Lynx (27-7)
field goalsrebounds
  pos min fgm-a 3pm-a ftm-a +/- off def tot ast pf st to bs ba pts
M. Moore F 30:35 6-14 2-5 2-3 -10 2 2 4 3 5 0 2 0 2 16
R. Brunson F 31:13 4-9 0-0 0-1 -3 3 3 6 1 5 0 0 1 1 8
T. McWilliams-Franklin F-C 31:34 3-9 0-0 0-0 -12 3 2 5 0 3 0 1 2 2 6
S. Augustus G 32:52 3-21 0-4 2-2 -9 0 7 7 0 0 1 2 0 2 8
L. Whalen G 34:25 9-12 0-2 4-4 -6 1 5 6 8 2 0 3 0 0 22
D. Peters   06:13 1-1 0-0 0-0 +2 0 1 1 0 3 0 2 1 0 2
C. Wiggins   02:14 1-1 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
M. Wright   20:41 2-4 0-0 2-2 0 0 3 3 0 5 1 2 0 0 6
J. Adair   01:31 1-1 0-0 0-0 -3 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
E. Thorn   08:42 2-3 1-1 0-0 -4 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 5
A. Harris DNP - Coach's Decision
Total   200 32-75 4-13 10-12   12 23 35 12 24 2 12 4 7 78
  42.7% 30.8% 83.3%   team rebs: 9 total to: 12
Indiana Fever (22-12)
field goalsrebounds
  pos min fgm-a 3pm-a ftm-a +/- off def tot ast pf st to bs ba pts
S. Zellous G 35:57 5-18 1-7 4-4 +6 2 2 4 0 1 0 0 2 1 15
T. Catchings F 38:42 7-16 2-5 9-9 +11 0 4 4 8 5 1 2 3 0 25
E. Larkins F 32:27 1-4 0-0 3-4 +8 6 7 13 1 3 1 1 0 0 5
E. Phillips G 36:11 6-12 3-6 3-4 +9 3 5 8 2 2 0 0 0 1 18
B. January G 33:20 4-12 1-2 6-6 +8 0 2 2 3 3 1 2 0 2 15
K. Christmas   14:29 1-3 1-3 4-4 +4 2 3 5 0 1 0 0 1 0 7
J. Davenport   08:27 1-2 0-0 0-0 -1 1 2 3 0 2 0 3 1 0 2
T. Sutton-Brown   00:24 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
K. Douglas   00:03 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
S. Goodlett DNP - Coach's Decision
J. Pohlen DND - Torn Lf. ACL
Total   200 25-67 8-23 29-31   14 25 39 14 17 3 8 7 4 87
  37.3% 34.8% 93.5%   team rebs: 6 total to: 9

inactive

  • Lynx: --
  • Fever: --

technical fouls

  • Lynx: Reeve
  • Fever: Phillips

scoring

  • Lead Changes: 3
  • Times Tied: 5

arena stats

  • Arena: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN
  • Officials: #4 Sue Blauch, #39 Michael Price, #42 Roy Gulbeyan
  • Attendance: 15213
  • Duration: 2:13
Minnesota Lynx (27-8) Indiana Fever (23-12)
Start of 1st Qtr
  10:00 Jump Ball Larkins vs Brunson (Whalen gains possession) 
Augustus Jump Shot: Missed  09:46  
Brunson Rebound (Off:1 Def:0)  09:45  
Augustus Jump Shot: Missed  09:35  
McWilliams-Franklin Rebound (Off:1 Def:0)  09:33  
McWilliams-Franklin Layup Shot: Missed Block: Zellous (1 BLK)  09:33  
Team Rebound  09:33  
Brunson Jump Shot: Missed  09:25  
Team Rebound  09:24  
  09:23 Catchings Foul: Loose Ball (1 PF) 
McWilliams-Franklin Layup Shot: Missed  09:09  
McWilliams-Franklin Rebound (Off:2 Def:0)  09:07  
McWilliams-Franklin Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS)  09:06
[MIN 2-0]
 
  08:48
[IND 2-2]
Zellous Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Catchings (1 AST) 
Whalen Driving Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS)  08:38
[MIN 4-2]
 
  08:28
[IND 5-4]
Phillips 3pt Shot: Made (3 PTS) Assist: Catchings (2 AST) 
McWilliams-Franklin Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Brunson (1 AST)  08:07
[MIN 6-5]
 
  07:46 January Jump Shot: Missed 
Augustus Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  07:45  
Augustus Jump Shot: Missed  07:38  
  07:36 Larkins Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  07:15 Zellous Jump Shot: Missed 
Team Rebound  07:13  
  07:07 January Foul: Personal Block (1 PF) 
McWilliams-Franklin Layup Shot: Missed  06:57  
  06:55 Catchings Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  06:52
[IND 7-6]
Phillips Layup Shot: Made (5 PTS) Assist: Catchings (3 AST) 
McWilliams-Franklin Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO)  06:43  
  06:34
[IND 9-6]
Zellous Pullup Jump shot: Made (4 PTS) 
Moore 3pt Shot: Missed  06:25  
  06:23 Larkins Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
Moore Foul: Shooting Block (1 PF)  06:19  
  06:19
[IND 10-6]
Phillips Free Throw 1 of 2 (6 PTS) 
  06:19
[IND 11-6]
Phillips Free Throw 2 of 2 (7 PTS) 
  06:13 January Foul: Personal (2 PF) 
Augustus 3pt Shot: Missed  06:02  
  06:01 January Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  05:45 Zellous 3pt Shot: Missed 
Moore Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  05:44  
Augustus 3pt Shot: Missed  05:35  
  05:34 Larkins Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
  05:22
[IND 13-6]
Catchings Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: January (1 AST) 
Moore 3pt Shot: Made (3 PTS)  05:04
[MIN 9-13]
 
  04:54
[IND 16-9]
Catchings 3pt Shot: Made (5 PTS) 
Moore Jump Shot: Missed  04:36  
  04:34 Catchings Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  04:29
[IND 18-9]
Zellous Layup Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Catchings (4 AST) 
Team Timeout : Regular  04:19  
  04:19 January Substitution replaced by Christmas 
McWilliams-Franklin Substitution replaced by Peters  04:19  
Augustus Substitution replaced by Wiggins  04:19  
Whalen Substitution replaced by Wright  04:19  
Wiggins 3pt Shot: Made (3 PTS) Assist: Moore (1 AST)  04:03
[MIN 12-18]
 
  03:46 Zellous Jump Shot: Missed 
  03:45 Phillips Rebound (Off:1 Def:0) 
  03:43 Phillips Technical 
Moore Free Throw Technical Missed  03:43  
  03:43 Team Rebound 
  03:43 Larkins Violation:Jump Ball 
  03:43 Larkins Turnover : Jump Ball Violation (1 TO) 
  03:43 Jump Ball Phillips vs Peters 
  03:30 Zellous Foul: Personal (1 PF) 
Wright Jump Shot: Missed  03:20  
  03:18 Catchings Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
Moore Foul: Shooting (2 PF)  03:12  
  03:12
[IND 19-12]
Catchings Free Throw 1 of 2 (6 PTS) 
Moore Substitution replaced by Augustus  03:12  
  03:12
[IND 20-12]
Catchings Free Throw 2 of 2 (7 PTS) 
Augustus Jump Shot: Missed Block: Zellous (2 BLK)  02:51  
  02:48 Zellous Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
Wright Foul: Clear Path (1 PF)  02:48  
  02:48 Phillips Free Throw Clear Path 1 of 2 Missed 
  02:48 Team Rebound 
  02:48
[IND 21-12]
Phillips Free Throw Clear Path 2 of 2 (8 PTS) 
  02:30 Phillips Jump Shot: Missed 
  02:29 Christmas Rebound (Off:1 Def:0) 
  02:06 Zellous 3pt Shot: Missed 
  02:05 Christmas Rebound (Off:2 Def:0) 
  02:05 Team Turnover : Shot Clock Turnover 
Wiggins Substitution replaced by Whalen  02:05  
Whalen Driving Finger Roll Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS)  01:53
[MIN 14-21]
 
  01:41 Christmas 3pt Shot: Missed 
Whalen Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  01:40  
  01:36 Christmas Foul: Shooting (1 PF) 
Wright Free Throw 1 of 2 (1 PTS)  01:36
[MIN 15-21]
 
Wright Free Throw 2 of 2 (2 PTS)  01:36
[MIN 16-21]
 
  01:19 Catchings 3pt Shot: Missed 
  01:18 Zellous Rebound (Off:1 Def:1) 
  01:10 Zellous Jump Shot: Missed 
Peters Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  01:09  
Peters Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO)  01:05  
Peters Foul: Shooting (1 PF)  00:49.0  
  00:49.0
[IND 22-16]
Christmas Free Throw 1 of 2 (1 PTS) 
  00:49.0
[IND 23-16]
Christmas Free Throw 2 of 2 (2 PTS) 
  00:45.5 Larkins Foul: Personal (1 PF) 
Whalen Free Throw 1 of 2 (5 PTS)  00:45.5
[MIN 17-23]
 
Whalen Free Throw 2 of 2 (6 PTS)  00:45.5
[MIN 18-23]
 
  00:26.9
[IND 25-18]
Larkins Turnaround Bank shot: Made (2 PTS) 
Augustus Jump Shot: Missed  00:01.9  
Brunson Rebound (Off:2 Def:0)  00:00.7  
Brunson Jump Shot: Missed  00:00.4  
Team Rebound  00:00.0  
End of 1st Qtr
Minnesota Lynx (27-8) Indiana Fever (23-12)
Start of 2nd QtrBack to Top
Whalen Foul: Shooting (1 PF)  09:37  
  09:37
[IND 26-18]
Zellous Free Throw 1 of 2 (7 PTS) 
  09:37
[IND 27-18]
Zellous Free Throw 2 of 2 (8 PTS) 
Peters Foul: Offensive (2 PF)  09:30  
Peters Turnover : Foul (2 TO)  09:30  
  09:16 Zellous Layup Shot: Missed Block: Peters (1 BLK) 
  09:13 Larkins Rebound (Off:1 Def:3) 
  09:12 Larkins Layup Shot: Missed 
  09:10 Larkins Rebound (Off:2 Def:3) 
  09:09 Larkins Layup Shot: Missed 
Augustus Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  09:07  
Augustus Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS)  09:04
[MIN 20-27]
 
Peters Foul: Personal (3 PF)  08:52  
  08:52 Larkins Substitution replaced by Davenport 
  08:52 Christmas Substitution replaced by Phillips 
  08:42 Phillips 3pt Shot: Missed 
Brunson Rebound (Off:2 Def:1)  08:40  
Peters Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Whalen (1 AST)  08:33
[MIN 22-27]
 
  08:20
[IND 29-22]
Zellous Driving Layup Shot: Made (10 PTS) 
Brunson Jump Shot: Missed Block: Catchings (1 BLK)  08:06  
Team Rebound  08:06  
Peters Substitution replaced by McWilliams-Franklin  08:06  
  08:06 Jump Ball Catchings vs Brunson 
  07:58 Catchings Foul: Shooting (2 PF) 
Augustus Free Throw 1 of 2 (3 PTS)  07:58
[MIN 23-29]
 
Augustus Free Throw 2 of 2 (4 PTS)  07:58
[MIN 24-29]
 
  07:34
[IND 31-24]
Phillips Step Back Jump shot: Made (10 PTS) 
Moore Jump Shot: Made (5 PTS) Assist: Whalen (2 AST)  07:24
[MIN 26-31]
 
McWilliams-Franklin Foul: Shooting (1 PF)  07:07  
  07:07
[IND 32-26]
January Free Throw 1 of 2 (1 PTS) 
  07:07 Catchings Substitution replaced by Larkins 
  07:07
[IND 33-26]
January Free Throw 2 of 2 (2 PTS) 
Whalen Jump Bank Shot: Made (8 PTS)  06:56
[MIN 28-33]
 
  06:51 Davenport Turnover : Inbound Turnover (1 TO) 
  06:38 Davenport Foul: Shooting (1 PF) 
Whalen Free Throw 1 of 2 (9 PTS)  06:38
[MIN 29-33]
 
  06:38 Zellous Substitution replaced by Christmas 
Whalen Free Throw 2 of 2 (10 PTS)  06:38
[MIN 30-33]
 
  06:22 Team Timeout : Regular 
Moore Foul: Shooting Block (3 PF)  06:13  
  06:13
[IND 34-30]
Christmas Free Throw 1 of 2 (3 PTS) 
  06:13 Davenport Substitution replaced by Catchings 
Moore Substitution replaced by Wright  06:13  
  06:13
[IND 35-30]
Christmas Free Throw 2 of 2 (4 PTS) 
Whalen Layup Shot: Made (12 PTS)  06:00
[MIN 32-35]
 
  05:42 Catchings Jump Shot: Missed 
Team Rebound  05:41  
  05:41 Christmas Substitution replaced by Zellous 
Whalen Driving Jump shot: Made (14 PTS)  05:25
[MIN 34-35]
 
Brunson Foul: Personal (1 PF)  05:15  
  05:15
[IND 36-34]
Catchings Free Throw 1 of 2 (8 PTS) 
  05:15
[IND 37-34]
Catchings Free Throw 2 of 2 (9 PTS) 
Augustus Driving Finger Roll Layup Shot: Made (6 PTS)  05:04
[MIN 36-37]
 
  04:48 Phillips 3pt Shot: Missed 
Augustus Rebound (Off:0 Def:3)  04:47  
Wright Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO)  04:41  
  04:27 January Layup Shot: Missed 
Augustus Rebound (Off:0 Def:4)  04:26  
Augustus Jump Shot: Missed  04:20  
  04:18 Zellous Rebound (Off:1 Def:2) 
  04:13 Zellous Jump Shot: Missed 
  04:11 Phillips Rebound (Off:2 Def:0) 
  04:10 Phillips Jump Shot: Missed Block: McWilliams-Franklin (1 BLK) 
McWilliams-Franklin Rebound (Off:2 Def:1)  04:08  
Augustus Layup Shot: Missed  04:00  
  03:59 Phillips Rebound (Off:2 Def:1) 
  03:51 Zellous 3pt Shot: Missed 
  03:49 Larkins Rebound (Off:3 Def:3) 
Brunson Foul: Shooting (2 PF)  03:48  
Team Timeout : Regular  03:48  
  03:48 Larkins Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  03:48 Team Rebound 
  03:48
[IND 38-36]
Larkins Free Throw 2 of 2 (3 PTS) 
Brunson Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Whalen (3 AST)  03:30
[MIN 38-38]
 
  03:07 Catchings 3pt Shot: Missed 
Whalen Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  03:06  
Augustus 3pt Shot: Missed  02:53  
  02:52 Catchings Rebound (Off:0 Def:4) 
  02:31
[IND 40-38]
Catchings Pullup Jump shot: Made (11 PTS) 
Brunson Jump Shot: Missed  02:07  
  02:06 Larkins Rebound (Off:3 Def:4) 
  01:48 January Layup Shot: Missed 
Whalen Rebound (Off:0 Def:3)  01:47  
Brunson Jump Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Whalen (4 AST)  01:38
[MIN 40-40]
 
Brunson Foul: Personal Block (3 PF)  01:31  
  01:31
[IND 41-40]
Catchings Free Throw 1 of 2 (12 PTS) 
Brunson Substitution replaced by Adair  01:31  
Whalen Substitution replaced by Thorn  01:31  
  01:31
[IND 42-40]
Catchings Free Throw 2 of 2 (13 PTS) 
Wright Layup Shot: Missed  01:19  
Adair Rebound (Off:1 Def:0)  01:17  
Adair Turnaround Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS)  01:16
[MIN 42-42]
 
  00:52.4
[IND 45-42]
Phillips 3pt Shot: Made (13 PTS) Assist: Catchings (5 AST) 
Wright Foul: Offensive Charge (2 PF)  00:47.5  
Wright Turnover : Foul (2 TO)  00:47.5  
  00:43.4
[IND 47-42]
January Driving Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS) 
McWilliams-Franklin Layup Shot: Missed  00:24.9  
Adair Rebound (Off:2 Def:0)  00:24.4  
  00:23.7 Catchings Foul: Personal (3 PF) 
  00:23.7 Catchings Substitution replaced by Sutton-Brown 
Augustus Jump Shot: Missed  00:06.9  
  00:04.8 Phillips Rebound (Off:2 Def:2) 
End of 2nd Qtr
Minnesota Lynx (27-8) Indiana Fever (23-12)
Start of 3rd QtrBack to Top
  09:40
[IND 50-42]
Phillips 3pt Shot: Made (16 PTS) Assist: Larkins (1 AST) 
McWilliams-Franklin Jump Shot: Missed  09:21  
  09:20 Team Rebound 
  08:59 Catchings Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Augustus (1 ST) 
  08:56 Phillips Foul: Personal Take (1 PF) 
Whalen Jump Bank Shot: Made (16 PTS)  08:41
[MIN 44-50]
 
  08:20
[IND 52-44]
Catchings Jump Shot: Made (15 PTS) Assist: January (2 AST) 
Whalen Turnover : Lost Ball (1 TO) Steal:Larkins (1 ST)  08:04  
Whalen Foul: Loose Ball (2 PF)  08:04  
  07:51
[IND 54-44]
January Driving Finger Roll Layup Shot: Made (6 PTS) 
Whalen Layup Shot: Made (18 PTS) Assist: Moore (2 AST)  07:42
[MIN 46-54]
 
  07:27
[IND 56-46]
Catchings Running Bank shot: Made (17 PTS) 
Augustus Jump Shot: Made (8 PTS)  07:07
[MIN 48-56]
 
  06:55 January Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) 
Augustus Jump Shot: Missed  06:41  
  06:40 Larkins Rebound (Off:3 Def:5) 
  06:34 Catchings Jump Shot: Missed 
Moore Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  06:33  
  06:28 January Foul: Personal (3 PF) 
  06:18 Larkins Foul: Shooting Block (2 PF) 
Moore Free Throw 1 of 2 (6 PTS)  06:18
[MIN 49-56]
 
Moore Free Throw 2 of 2 (7 PTS)  06:18
[MIN 50-56]
 
  05:55 Zellous 3pt Shot: Missed 
Team Rebound  05:53  
Brunson Jump Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Whalen (5 AST)  05:40
[MIN 52-56]
 
  05:21 Zellous Jump Shot: Missed 
Brunson Rebound (Off:2 Def:2)  05:20  
Moore Layup Shot: Made (9 PTS) Assist: Whalen (6 AST)  05:14
[MIN 54-56]
 
  05:13 Team Timeout : Regular 
  04:52 Catchings Layup Shot: Missed 
  04:51 Larkins Rebound (Off:4 Def:5) 
  04:38 Zellous 3pt Shot: Missed 
  04:36 Phillips Rebound (Off:3 Def:2) 
  04:27 January Layup Shot: Missed 
  04:27 Larkins Rebound (Off:5 Def:5) 
McWilliams-Franklin Foul: Loose Ball (2 PF)  04:27  
  04:27 Larkins Substitution replaced by Davenport 
  04:19 January Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) 
Brunson Jump Shot: Missed  04:06  
  04:05 Phillips Rebound (Off:3 Def:3) 
  03:51 Zellous Jump Shot: Missed 
Augustus Rebound (Off:0 Def:5)  03:49  
Augustus Turnover : Lost Ball (1 TO) Steal:January (1 ST)  03:43  
Brunson Foul: Personal (4 PF)  03:43  
  03:24 January Layup Shot: Missed 
  03:22 Davenport Rebound (Off:1 Def:0) 
  03:20 Davenport Layup Shot: Missed 
McWilliams-Franklin Rebound (Off:2 Def:2)  03:19  
Whalen Layup Shot: Missed  03:16  
Whalen Rebound (Off:1 Def:3)  03:14  
Augustus Jump Shot: Missed  03:11  
  03:09 Davenport Rebound (Off:1 Def:1) 
  03:04 January Jump Shot: Missed Block: McWilliams-Franklin (2 BLK) 
  03:03 Team Rebound 
Brunson Substitution replaced by Wright  03:03  
  03:03 Zellous Substitution replaced by Christmas 
  03:00 Phillips 3pt Shot: Missed 
Wright Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  02:59  
Moore Driving Finger Roll Layup Shot: Made (11 PTS)  02:40
[MIN 56-56]
 
  02:20
[IND 59-56]
Catchings 3pt Shot: Made (20 PTS) Assist: Phillips (1 AST) 
Whalen Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) Steal:Catchings (1 ST)  02:06  
  01:51
[IND 61-56]
Davenport Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: January (3 AST) 
Team Timeout : Regular  01:50  
Whalen Substitution replaced by Thorn  01:50  
Wright Pullup Jump shot: Made (4 PTS)  01:30
[MIN 58-61]
 
  01:12 Catchings Jump Shot: Missed 
Augustus Rebound (Off:0 Def:6)  01:11  
Augustus Jump Shot: Missed Block: Davenport (1 BLK)  01:05  
  01:01 Phillips Rebound (Off:3 Def:4) 
  00:42.6
[IND 63-58]
January Pullup Jump shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: Catchings (6 AST) 
Moore 3pt Shot: Missed  00:32.9  
  00:31.7 Christmas Rebound (Off:2 Def:1) 
  00:08.9 Catchings Jump Shot: Missed 
Augustus Rebound (Off:0 Def:7)  00:07.6  
Augustus 3pt Shot: Missed  00:00.8  
  00:00.0 Davenport Rebound (Off:1 Def:2) 
End of 3rd Qtr
Minnesota Lynx (27-8) Indiana Fever (23-12)
Start of 4th QtrBack to Top
Whalen Turnover : Bad Pass (3 TO)  09:45  
  09:37 Davenport Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) Steal:Wright (1 ST) 
Wright Pullup Jump shot: Made (6 PTS)  09:31
[MIN 60-63]
 
  09:09
[IND 66-60]
Christmas 3pt Shot: Made (7 PTS) Assist: Catchings (7 AST) 
Thorn 3pt Shot: Made (3 PTS) Assist: Moore (3 AST)  08:53
[MIN 63-66]
 
  08:39 Davenport Foul: Offensive (2 PF) 
  08:39 Davenport Turnover : Foul (3 TO) 
  08:39 Davenport Substitution replaced by Larkins 
Moore Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO)  08:23  
Wright Foul: Personal (3 PF)  08:21  
Moore Foul: Shooting (4 PF)  08:03  
  08:03
[IND 67-63]
Catchings Free Throw 1 of 2 (21 PTS) 
  08:03
[IND 68-63]
Catchings Free Throw 2 of 2 (22 PTS) 
Moore Jump Shot: Missed Block: Christmas (1 BLK)  07:52  
McWilliams-Franklin Rebound (Off:3 Def:2)  07:50  
McWilliams-Franklin Layup Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Whalen (7 AST)  07:43
[MIN 65-68]
 
  07:32
[IND 70-65]
Catchings Driving Layup Shot: Made (24 PTS) 
  07:19 Larkins Foul: Personal (3 PF) 
Thorn Substitution replaced by Augustus  07:19  
  07:19 January Substitution replaced by Phillips 
Augustus Jump Shot: Missed  07:11  
  07:10 Christmas Rebound (Off:2 Def:2) 
  06:48 Christmas 3pt Shot: Missed 
Wright Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  06:46  
Augustus Jump Shot: Missed  06:30  
Moore Rebound (Off:1 Def:2)  06:29  
Moore Turnaround Jump Shot: Made (13 PTS)  06:26
[MIN 67-70]
 
  06:14 Catchings Foul: Offensive Charge (4 PF) 
  06:14 Catchings Turnover : Foul (2 TO) 
Wright Substitution replaced by Brunson  06:14  
Whalen 3pt Shot: Missed  05:53  
  05:52 Larkins Rebound (Off:5 Def:6) 
  05:36
[IND 72-67]
Phillips Driving Finger Roll Layup Shot: Made (18 PTS) 
Augustus Jump Shot: Missed  05:19  
  05:18 Christmas Rebound (Off:2 Def:3) 
  04:59
[IND 75-67]
Zellous 3pt Shot: Made (13 PTS) Assist: Phillips (2 AST) 
Team Timeout : Short  04:58  
  04:58  
  04:58 Christmas Substitution replaced by January 
Moore Jump Shot: Missed  04:35  
  04:34 Phillips Rebound (Off:3 Def:5) 
Brunson Foul: Loose Ball (5 PF)  04:34  
  04:17 January Jump Shot: Missed Block: Brunson (1 BLK) 
Whalen Rebound (Off:1 Def:4)  04:15  
Augustus Turnover : Poss Lost Ball Turnover (2 TO)  04:10  
  03:47 January 3pt Shot: Missed 
Brunson Rebound (Off:2 Def:3)  03:45  
Moore Jump Shot: Missed  03:40  
Brunson Rebound (Off:3 Def:3)  03:37  
McWilliams-Franklin Layup Shot: Missed Block: Catchings (2 BLK)  03:33  
  03:30 Larkins Rebound (Off:5 Def:7) 
McWilliams-Franklin Foul: Personal (3 PF)  03:20  
Augustus Substitution replaced by Wright  03:20  
  03:06 Catchings 3pt Shot: Missed 
  03:05 Zellous Rebound (Off:2 Def:2) 
  02:43 Catchings Jump Shot: Missed 
  02:40 Larkins Rebound (Off:6 Def:7) 
  02:40 Larkins Tip Shot: Missed 
Team Rebound  02:40  
Team Timeout : Regular  02:40  
McWilliams-Franklin Substitution replaced by Thorn  02:40  
Brunson Layup Shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: Whalen (8 AST)  02:27
[MIN 69-75]
 
  02:27 Phillips Foul: Shooting (2 PF) 
Brunson Free Throw 1 of 1 Missed  02:27  
Moore Rebound (Off:2 Def:2)  02:20  
Moore Jump Shot: Missed  02:19  
  02:19 Team Rebound 
Wright Foul: Personal (4 PF)  02:19  
  02:19
[IND 76-69]
Larkins Free Throw 1 of 2 (4 PTS) 
  02:19
[IND 77-69]
Larkins Free Throw 2 of 2 (5 PTS) 
Moore 3pt Shot: Made (16 PTS)  02:12
[MIN 72-77]
 
  01:45 Zellous 3pt Shot: Missed 
Wright Rebound (Off:0 Def:3)  01:44  
  01:43 Catchings Foul: Personal (5 PF) 
Moore Turnover : Traveling (2 TO)  01:34  
  01:34 Team Timeout : Regular 
  01:18
[IND 80-72]
January 3pt Shot: Made (11 PTS) Assist: Catchings (8 AST) 
Whalen Driving Finger Roll Layup Shot: Made (20 PTS)  01:06
[MIN 74-80]
 
Reeve Technical  00:57.6  
  00:57.6
[IND 81-74]
Catchings Free Throw Technical (25 PTS) 
  00:38.8 Phillips Jump Shot: Missed 
Whalen Rebound (Off:1 Def:5)  00:37.9  
Whalen Driving Finger Roll Layup Shot: Made (22 PTS)  00:31.9
[MIN 76-81]
 
Moore Foul: Personal Take (5 PF)  00:27.2  
  00:27.2
[IND 82-76]
Zellous Free Throw 1 of 2 (14 PTS) 
  00:27.2
[IND 83-76]
Zellous Free Throw 2 of 2 (15 PTS) 
Team Timeout : Short  00:27.2  
Brunson Substitution replaced by McWilliams-Franklin  00:27.2  
Thorn Driving Finger Roll Layup Shot: Made (5 PTS)  00:21.9
[MIN 78-83]
 
Thorn Foul: Personal (1 PF)  00:19.7  
  00:19.7
[IND 84-78]
January Free Throw 1 of 2 (12 PTS) 
  00:19.7
[IND 85-78]
January Free Throw 2 of 2 (13 PTS) 
Whalen 3pt Shot: Missed  00:10.9  
Thorn Rebound (Off:1 Def:0)  00:09.5  
Thorn Jump Shot: Missed  00:05.9  
  00:04.6 January Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
Wright Foul: Personal (5 PF)  00:03.2  
  00:03.2
[IND 86-78]
January Free Throw 1 of 2 (14 PTS) 
  00:03.2 Zellous Substitution replaced by Douglas 
  00:03.2
[IND 87-78]
January Free Throw 2 of 2 (15 PTS) 
Moore 3pt Shot: Missed Block: Catchings (3 BLK)  00:00.0  
Team Rebound  00:00.0  
End of 4th Qtr
broadcast information
country channel time
usa -- ESPN2 National 8:00 pm ET
 
standings
w
l
l10
h
a
MIN
1st West
27
7
7-3
16-1
11-6
IND
2nd East
22
12
6-4
13-4
9-8
 
ppg
rpg
apg
bpg
spg
Lynx Stats
  season playoffs
FG% .473 .407
FT% .755 .787
Points 86.0 72.5
Rebounds 37.8 33.8
Assists 20.8 12.5
Steals 7.6 7.0
Blocks 4.7 5.8
3-Point % .400 .349
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Fever Stats
  season playoffs
FG% .418 .414
FT% .814 .923
Points 78.3 77.5
Rebounds 32.2 32.0
Assists 16.6 14.0
Steals 9.5 7.0
Blocks 4.3 5.0
3-Point % .400 .325
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Composite Box Score updated through Game 4
Minnesota Lynx (1-3)
field goalsrebounds
  min fgm-a 3pm-a ftm-a off def tot ast pf st to bs ba pts
Adair, Jessica 10:05 1-1 0-0 0-0 2 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 2
Augustus, Seimone 130:15 25-68 5-17 9-12 3 18 21 5 1 5 6 1 2 64
Brunson, Rebekkah 122:11 16-40 0-0 5-7 15 17 32 5 10 2 6 8 4 37
Harris, Amber 8:01 0-2 0-1 1-2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
McWilliams-Franklin, Taj 110:41 10-26 0-0 4-4 10 6 16 6 14 3 6 7 2 24
Moore, Maya 116:54 20-51 10-26 11-12 12 7 19 9 16 3 10 2 6 61
Peters, Devereaux 36:12 4-9 0-1 2-3 3 9 12 2 7 3 4 4 0 10
Thorn, Erin 19:46 5-7 2-3 1-1 1 1 2 0 1 0 3 1 0 13
Whalen, Lindsay 119:59 21-40 3-6 10-12 5 13 18 16 8 3 12 0 3 55
Wiggins, Candice 49:05 2-9 2-7 0-0 1 4 5 4 5 3 5 0 0 6
Wright, Monica 76:51 6-17 0-2 5-8 1 7 8 3 17 6 6 0 3 17
Indiana Fever (3-1)
field goalsrebounds
  min fgm-a 3pm-a ftm-a off def tot ast pf st to bs ba pts
Catchings, Tamika 136:53 27-63 8-24 27-28 2 22 24 14 13 8 11 9 5 89
Christmas, Karima 34:55 2-8 1-6 4-4 3 5 8 1 5 1 2 1 0 9
Davenport, Jessica 42:21 5-12 0-0 1-1 2 9 11 4 6 0 6 2 0 11
Douglas, Katie 0:03 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Goodlett, Sasha 3:48 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
January, Briann 143:18 15-44 3-12 7-8 3 7 10 15 12 6 13 2 6 40
Larkins, Erlana 130:46 13-27 0-0 8-10 22 26 48 6 7 6 3 2 7 34
Phillips, Erin 141:24 20-45 7-15 7-9 6 8 14 9 10 4 3 0 3 54
Pohlen, Jeanette 19:21 2-2 1-1 0-0 0 3 3 0 1 0 2 0 0 5
Sutton-Brown, Tammy 7:53 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
Zellous, Shavonte 139:19 22-53 6-22 18-18 3 6 9 7 13 3 11 4 2 68