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Stars massive rally falls short as Indiana ends 3-game skid

After dominating the first half, the San Antonio Stars rallied on a massive third quarter run Friday night in San Antonio. However, it wasn't enough. The Fever rallied back in the fourth quarter to end their three-game losing skid with a 84-75 win.

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San Antonio, TX -- Watching the first half of Friday night's game, one wouldn't have expected a game that would go down to the wire.

The Indiana Fever dominated in most aspects in the first half against the San Antonio Stars at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, and seemed to be in complete control of the game.

Yet, a massive third quarter comeback by the Stars made for an interesting finish Friday night. But in the end, it wasn't enough. Indiana would outlast a late Stars push, giving them an 84-75 win — and ending their three-game losing skid.

Indiana missed its first five shots of the game, putting them into a hole early. However, the Fever rallied back to take a five-point lead at the end of the first period, holding the Stars to just one bucket in the final 4:09 of the quarter.

The Fever kept the momentum in the second quarter, taking advantage of six San Antonio turnovers. Indiana even extended their lead to 15 at its peak, thanks to Tamika Catchings' 10 first half points. Heading into the break, the Fever remained in control of the game, 42-29.

The third quarter belonged to the Stars — there is no doubt about it. After slowly cutting away at the Fever lead to bring them within eight points, the Stars turned it on. They went on a massive 14-2 run midway through the period, forcing eight Fever turnovers and tying the game up, 51-51 with 2:25 left in the quarter.

San Antonio guard Kayla McBride, dropped 10 points in the third quarter, leading the Stars a 26-13 scoring advantage in the period. Heading into the final 10 minutes of the game, things were all tied up, 55-55.

Midway through the fourth quarter, Indiana led 64-62, and it continued to look like it was anyone's game.

However, the Fever weren't going to let the game slip away. They then rallied on a 12-2 run, dropping nine straight points to regain a solid 11-point lead. From there, they would fend off any Stars attempt at a run, cruising to a nine-point win.

Catchings led the Fever with 19 points, going 7-of-10 from the field. Lynetta Kizer and Marissa Coleman also finished in double figures with 13 and 11 points on the night, respectively.

McBride led the Stars with 21 points, 16 of which came in the first half. Dearica Hamby finished with 16 points, shooting 70 percent from the field. Moriah Jefferson and Monique Currie, also finished in double figures for the Stars with 15 and 13 points, respectively.

Both the Stars and the Fever will be back in action on Sunday. The Stars will travel to take on the Connecticut Sun, while the Fever will host the New York Liberty.