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@ INDIANAPOLIS, IN:
The top seeded Indiana Fever edged
the defending WNBA Champion Detroit
Shock 79-75 Friday night to even the
Eastern Conference Finals 1-1 and force
a deciding game three Saturday night.
There were nine ties and nine lead
changes in a game where neither team
had more than a 7-P margin.
Indiana set new WNBA post-season
records for steals in a half (the 1st-H)
with 12 and for a game with 18. The Fever's
28-P off the Shock's 24 turnovers offset a
48-37 Detroit advantage in rebounds.
The foul situation also contributed to Detroit's defeat with Indiana attempting
30 charity tosses, 11 more than the Shock were awarded.
Tamika Catchings led Indiana with 22-P while adding 9-RB, a game-high 5-A and
6-ST (a new record five steals by a single player in the 1st-H). Katie Douglas added
14-P, Ebony Hoffman 13-P and reserve Briann January 12-P.
Deanna Nolan had a game-high 23-P for Detroit and Shavonte Zellous potted 19-P
while grabbing 9-RB. Taj McWilliams had 9-P and Cheryl Ford 8-P with a game-high
Every Detroit starter had at least three turnovers with Alexis Hornbuckle committing
a game-high half dozen.
SHOCK H-COACH RICK MAHORN: "We turned the ball over and they made some
good shots today, got to the basket, got to the free-throw line. They did the things
they’re supposed to do. It’s a very good team.”
SHOCK GD DEANNA NOLAN: "We committed 24 turnovers. That gave them the game,
really...Sometimes we live and die with our turnovers, and tonight, you see the result.”
FEVER H-COACH LIN DUNN: "It was a war; it wasn’t a battle. It was a war and I’m
expecting the same kind of war tomorrow night.”
Also Friday, Catchings was named the WNBA's best defensive player for a third
time in a landslide vote with 34 of 38 votes. Catchings tied the record of three "D"
nods set by Sheryl Swoopes. Then Catchings went out and showed why she was the
easy choice for the award this year.
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