WNBA Finals Game 3 Postgame Notes

  • Indiana won Game 3 86-85 for the first WNBA Finals home win in franchise history. Indiana is 6-2 in the 2009 WNBA Playoffs while Phoenix is 5-4

  • Phoenix is now 5-6 all-time in WNBA Finals games and 15-12 in WNBA Playoffs Games. Indiana is 2-1 in WNBA Finals games and 12-14 all-time in the WNBA Playoffs.

  • Indiana is 2-2 in games decided by 3 or fewer points in 2009 while Phoenix is 1-4.

  • Tonight’s sellout attendance was 18,165, which is the fifth largest crowd at a WNBA Finals game.

  • Indiana has now won 12 of its last 17 games against Phoenix and has won seven of its last nine home games.

  • Phoenix has now lost each of its three Game 3s in WNBA Finals franchise history.

  • The Mercury is now 3-14 in 2009 when scoring under 90 points.

  • After just one lead change in the first half, the two teams swapped leads seven times in the second half. The Fever took its final lead on an Ebony Hoffman jump shot with 57.0 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter.
    • Hoffman’s jumper marked the final two points scored in the game.

  • Phoenix led at the half 47-44. The Mercury is now 5-1 when leading at the half in WNBA Playoffs games.

  • Tamika Catchings and Katie Douglas combined for 1-for-8 from the field in the second quarter.

  • Phoenix outrebounded Indiana 36-31. In the previous five wins, the Mercury outrebounded their opponents by 2.4 rebounds. In their three previous losses, they were outrebounded by six.

  • Nicole Ohlde had six points in the first half, two fewer than her 2009 playoff high of eight. She finished with six points.

  • Cappie Pondexter had five assists in the first half, which is a 2009 playoffs personal high for a game.
    • Pondexter had 13 points in the first half, one more point than she had in all of Game 2.
    • She finished with eight assists.

  • Phoenix’s two fast break points in the first half are a low for the 2009 WNBA Finals. In the first half of Game 2, the Mercury had three fast break points.
    • Phoenix had six fast break points. The team’s 2009 playoff low for fastbreak points was eight against San Antonio on Sept. 21.

  • Tamika Catchings finished with seven assists. She’s now had five assists in five straight games and six of eight playoff games this year. She handed out five assists in just nine games this season.

  • Tamika Catchings had a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds. She finished Game 2 with 19 points and 11 rebounds for a double-double.
    • The double-double was her fourth in 2009.
    • Catchings becomes the only player in WNBA history to have two double-doubles with different categories (rebounds and assists) in WNBA history.

  • Briann January tied her career high with 17 points. Her previous playoff high was 16.

  • Indiana’s 10 three pointers tied a 2009 playoff high.

  • Phoenix shot 17.6 percent from three point range. The season low for the Mercury was 21.4 at Sacramento on June 12 and vs. Indiana on Aug. 8.
    • The previous 2009 playoffs low was 26.1 against Los Angeles on Sept. 26.
    • The Mercury’s three three-pointers is the team’s fewest in 2009.

  • Le’coe Willingham set a career playoff high with 17 points. Her previous playoff high was nine, also against Indiana in 2007 as a member of the Connecticut Sun.

  • Indiana blocked a franchise playoff record nine shots.

  • Phoenix outscored Indiana in the paint, 52-28, marking the most points in the paint allowed by the Fever in 2009.

  • Tennesse Lady Vols Head Coach Pat Summitt, Indiana Pacers President Larry Bird and Indiana Pacers Danny Granger, Roy Hibbert, Dahntay Jones, T.J. Ford and A.J. Price were in attendance tonight.

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