Fever Defeat Sun, 77-67

Katie Douglas scored 20 points and Tamika Catchings scored 12 of her 18 in the fourth quarter to help the Indiana Fever beat the

Connecticut Sun

77-67 on Sunday.

Catchings also had 13 rebounds and four steals for the Fever. She made all eight of her free throws in the fourth quarter and has made 30 straight, the second-longest streak in team history.


Indiana (6-4), which lost to the Sun 86-77 at Mohegan Sun Arena on Friday, went on a 35-16 run to end the first half and led 42-26.

The Sun, who fell to 0-3 on the road, trailed 54-34 with 5:31 left in the third quarter before going on a 26-6 run to tie it at 60 with 7:02 left in the game. The Fever responded with a 14-3 run.

"We dug ourselves a big hole in the first half," Sun coach

Mike Thibault

said. "It was like varsity playing JV. In the second half, we started rebounding and taking care of the basketball."

Renee Montgomery was 4-for-8 on three-pointers and led Connecticut (6-3) with 17 points. Tan White added 14 points. Kara Lawson played 28 minutes after sustaining a dislocated left shoulder Friday night. She finished with 10 points.

"It was a tough task with the deficit at halftime," Lawson said. "We weren't able to put enough stops together at the end."

Connecticut had won three straight, but Indiana outrebounded the Sun 39-24, including 23-9 in the first half, and held them to 36-percent shooting (22 of 61).


The Fever led 58-49 at the end of the third quarter and appeared to be in control of the game.

Catchings committed a clear path foul against Montgomery, who made two free throws to cut the lead to 60-54. The Sun retained possession and White made a three to make it 60-57. Montgomery hit another three to tie it at 60 with seven minutes to play.

Catchings took over from there, scoring 12 of Indiana's final 17 points. She stole the ball from rookie Kelsey Griffin, then made a layup with 1:36 to play to give Indiana a 74-63 lead.

"They're really good at home," Sun forward

Asjha Jones

said. "We tied it up during the game, but they made shots at the end and we didn't."