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Catchings scores 29 as Fever ends 3-game skid

Catchings scores 29 as Fever ends skid

NEW YORK – Tamika Catchings and the Indiana Fever played with a sense of urgency and blew past the New York Liberty.

Catchings scored a season-high 29 points to lead Indiana to a 90-76 victory over the Liberty on Sunday, ending the Fever’s three-game losing streak. The Fever moved past Liberty into third place in the tight Eastern Conference.

Catchings got the Fever going with 12 points in the first quarter as Indiana dominated from the start.

“I think we came out with a playoff mentality,” Catchings said. “It’s been disappointing the highs and lows we’ve been playing with, underachieving as a team and we wanted to come out and focus on just playing hard for four minutes at a time.”

The Fever (14-17) led 10-8 before going on a 14-4 run to close the quarter. Catchings had five points during the burst. It only got worse for New York (13-17) from there as Indiana extended its advantage to 23 in the second quarter and led by 19 at the half.

Down 23 in the third, New York cut it to 77-68 on Sugar Rodgers’ 3-pointer with 4:56 left, but Catchings answered with her own 3 to restore the double-digit lead and seal the win.

– Associated Press

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