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Kizer helps Fever rally to beat Stars 75-68

SAN ANTONIO – Lynetta Kizer scored 16 points and the Indiana Fever dominated the fourth quarter in rallying for a 75-68 victory over the San Antonio Stars on Saturday night.

Shavonte Zellous added 14 points and Natasha Howard had 11 for Indiana (12-13), which tied Washington for second place in the Eastern Conference.

Becky Hammon scored 18 points and Danielle Robinson added 15 for San Antonio (12-14), which suffered back-to-back losses after losing at Minnesota on Friday night.

In her first home game since announcing her retirement, Hammon showed flashes of former All-Star form. She drove and double-pumped at her hip, spinning the ball off the glass for a layup that pulled the Stars within 55-52 with 8 minutes remaining. She later drained a 3-pointer and drove in for a layup that pulled San Antonio within 74-68 in the final minute, but it wasn’t enough.

The Fever dominated the paint in the fourth quarter, with Howard and Kizer forcing their way inside for short jumpers and layups. The duo combined for 16 points in the quarter.

Indiana’s dominance came after San Antonio had their way inside early.

Danielle Adams bullied past Tamika Catchings for back-to-back baskets, including a follow of her own miss to give the Stars a 24-16 lead.

Indiana adjusted, going on a 12-0 run beginning midway through the second quarter behind its defense. The Fever fronted the Stars’ bigs and their wings denied penetration with their activity, forcing San Antonio into a hurried shot after dribbling out the shot clock. San Antonio had a shot clock violation after Zellous’ driving layup tied the game at 34.

Marissa Coleman’s 3-pointer with 2 minutes remaining in the half gave Indiana its first lead at 37-34.

San Antonio had five turnovers in the second quarter.

The Fever were scoreless for more than 6 minutes to start the second half, missing its first six shots of the third quarter and allowing the Stars to reclaim a 46-41 lead. Erlana Larkins drained a pair of free throws with 3:45 remaining in the period to end the drought.

Indiana closed the third on a 10-6 run to forge a 51-all tie entering the fourth.

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