Minnesota Indiana Notes

WNBA Post-Game Notes
Minnesota vs. Indiana
July 19, 2005 @ Target Center

Indiana 45
MINNESOTA 66
* Minnesota bounced back from Sunday's 19-point loss to Connecticut by recording a 21-point tonight vs. Indiana. It's the Lynx' biggest winning margin since downing San Antonio 81-54 on July 25, 2003; their previous high this year came in a 78-60 triumph over Washington on June 11. The final spread equals Minnesota's 6th-largest winning margin all-time.

* The victory was #99 in franchise history for the Lynx, coming in their 216th contest. It's also the 47th win for Suzie McConnell Serio as Minnesota's head coach (47-41); she needs just one more to tie Brian Agler's franchise record for coaching victories (48-67). The Lynx wrap up their three-game homestand by hosting New York on Sunday evening.

* Tonight's final margin also represented Indiana's biggest loss of 2005, and marked only the second game the Fever have dropped by more than 10 points this year (65-51 at Sacramento, June 7). The loss halted a three-game winning streak Indiana had put together coming out of All-Star Weekend. That run began with a July 13 victory over Connecticut and followed with home-and-home triumphs vs. Detroit. The Fever return to Conseco Fieldhouse to face San Antonio on Thursday evening.

* Minnesota gained a split of the season series, as the Fever pulled out a 57-55 decision on June 24 in Indianapolis. The Lynx had dropped their previous three meetings overall with Indiana, and still trail the all-time series by a 6-4 margin. Minnesota improves to 11-9 on the season (good for sole possession of 3rd place in the Western Conference), while the Fever slip to 11-7 (holding in 2nd place in the East).

* Indiana grabbed a 17-10 lead 10 minutes into the game after Tamika Catchings' 3-pointer, and remained in front by seven until three consecutive treys (one by Amber Jacobs and two by Stacey Lovelace) ignited a 13-0 barrage that helped the Lynx grab a 30-25 halftime advantage. After the Fever opened the 2nd half by shaving the margin to one, Minnesota rattled off 11 unanswered points -- keyed by a pair of Vanessa Hayden baskets -- for a 41-29 cushion, and the lead stayed above 10 the rest of the way.

* The Fever's 45-point outing equals the 3rd-lowest single-game total in franchise history; they managed only 37 points in a loss at Charlotte last June 26. Conversely, the mark equals the 2nd-fewest points ever allowed by Minnesota (44 vs. Miami, July 28, 2000) and the seventh time they've held an opponent below 50. Indiana finished the night shooting 34.6%, the Fever's eighth sub-40% performance in their last nine starts.

* Minnesota shot 6-for-9 from long distance in the first half, compared to 4-for-19 of its two-point attempts. The Lynx finished at 6-for-13 from beyond the arc; in four games since All-Star Weekend, they're hitting a combined 47.3% (26-for-55) of three-point attempts, while converting 42.3% (71-for-168) of their two-point tries.

* The Lynx committed a season-low 12 turnovers, forcing 18 Fever miscues and piling up a 21-8 scoring advantage in points off TOs. Indiana had forced an average of 24.0 TOs during its three-game winning streak, and entered the night ranked 3rd in the WNBA by forcing 16.6 miscues per contest. In its previous four July contests, Minnesota had been outscored by an average of 13.0 ppg (9.5-22.5) in points off TOs.

* Minnesota finished with a 38-22 edge in paint points, including 30-10 after intermission. In their meeting at Conseco Fieldhouse last month, the Lynx were outscored 24-10 in the paint, setting a franchise single-game mark for fewest inside points. Minnesota outrebounded the Fever 32-29, the sixth time in seven games Indiana has come up short on the glass. The Lynx have held the board advantage in 11 of their last 15 outings.

* Tamika Catchings was the lone Indiana player to reach double figures, finishing with 12 points and 11 rebounds for her fourth point/rebound double-double of the season (and 31st of her career). Catchings, the WNBA's reigning Player of the Week, is averaging 19.4 ppg and 9.0 rpg over her last five starts.

* Nicole Ohlde topped all scorers with 15 points, her high total since also netting 15 at Seattle on June 15. It's the fourth time she's been Minnesota's leading scorer. Stacey Lovelace chipped in 10 points and a career-high six assists (tying the club single-game best for 2005) in lifting the Lynx to a 27-17 advantage in bench scoring.

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