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Fever block out the Sun; Catchings 2nd all-time scorer

Indiana Fever forward Tamika Catchings climbs to 2nd all-time on the WNBA scoring list, and the Fever withstand a furious late-game charge by the Connecticut Sun to win on the road, 75-73.

Photo by Chris Poss

The Indiana Fever started the second half of the WNBA season with a 75-73 overtime victory over the home Connecticut Sun.

Fever guard Shavonte Zellous led all scorers with 19 points, but the player who made the most impact on the game was leader and All-Star forward Tamika Catchings.

Catchings passed Phoenix Mercury guard Diana Taurasi to take sole possession of second place on the WNBA's all-time scoring list; she scored 15 points in the game, giving her a career total of 6,735 points.

The Sun had four players in double figures, led by center Kelsey Bone, who had 14 points in the loss.

The Fever started the game with an 11-0 start, prompting a quick timeout by Sun coach Anne Donovan. After the timeout, the Sun scored four fast-break points in one minute. Connecticut would close the gap to 21-15 to end the first quarter.

In the second quarter, the two teams battled back and forth trading baskets. The Fever went into hafltime with a 42-34 lead.

The Sun would start closing the gap in the third quarter; with Alyssa and Jasmine Thomas scoring six points a piece as they got within six points, 60-54.

The fourth quarter would prove to be the turning point of the whole game. Sun guard Kelly Faris hit two key free throws to tie the game for the first time since tip-off, making the game 63-63. A layup by Bone with 3:49 to go gave the Sun their first lead of the game, 65-63.

The two teams would trade points back and forth, with Sun guard Alex Bentley missing a potential game-winning three pointer to end the game, leading both teams into overtime at 67 points a piece. Indiana only made one field goal the entire period, with most of their points coming from the free throw line.

In overtime, both teams would slow down; with neither scoring a point in the first minutes of the period. A Zellous running jump shot would break the tie to give the Fever a 69-67 lead; but Bone and the Sun would answer right back.

The Sun had a chance to win it, with a Camille Little three-pointer giving them a 73-71 lead with 1:51 left. Not even 15 seconds later, Catchings would answer with a reverse layup to tie it at 73. She would end up with the final basket, a running jumper with 6.5 seconds left to put the Fever ahead 75-73.

With the win, the Fever overtook the Sun for fourth place in the Eastern Conference, improving their record to 9-7. The Fever also stopped a two-game losing streak. The Sun, who had started the season 7-1, are now 8-8 and 3 1/2 games out of first place in the conference,