Fever's Douglas tops 30 points again

Katie Douglas

Indianapolis - Katie Douglas scored four of her 32 points in overtime and Indiana limited Connecticut to one free throw in the extra period as the Fever won Thursday's showdown between the Eastern Conference leaders, 94-85.

The Fever improved the WNBA's best record to 14-4 and dropped second-place Connecticut to 9-8.

Douglas, who scored a career-best 34 points in Tuesday's home court win over Washington, said defense made the difference. The Fever outscored the Sun 10-1 in the five-minute overtime period, played with the noisy crowd lending to the playoff-like atmosphere. An all-out defensive effort came as the Sun tried to inbound the ball in front of the Fever bench early in the overtime set the tempo.

"They got the ball in, but we were able to rattle them and get them out of what they wanted to do offensively," Douglas said. "Our defense was raised to another level in overtime."

Douglas made 10 of 21 field goals and 10 of 12 free throws. She became the first Fever player to post consecutive 30-point games.

Tamika Catchings, who scored 23 points, agreed with Douglas. "That was the biggest shift for us," she said of the early overtime defense. "Everybody raised their level defensively."

Jessica Moore, playing for injured center Tammy-Sutton Brown (toe), scored 12 for the Fever, which extended its longest single-season, home-winning streak to 10 games. Ebony Hoffman added 10 points.

Asjha Jones led Connecticut with 21 points before fouling out on the first play of overtime.

"In the first play of the overtime, getting Asjha Jones her sixth foul was a big play," said Catchings, who drove the lane, drew the foul and made the basket.

Sandrine Gruda added 19 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the Sun, and Anete Jekabsone-Zog scored 10 points.

With 11.6 seconds remaining in regulation, Catchings drove the baseline, made the basket and was fouled by Jones to tie the score at 84-84. She missed the free throw, but Lindsay Whalen missed a 21-foot baseline jumper at the other end as regulation expired.

"We had a four-point lead and they got two offensive rebounds," Sun coach Mike Thibault said of a key series late in regulation. "It was a great game for the fans and ulcers for me."

Fever coach Lin Dunn added: "The level of play and intensity were amazing. It looked like a playoff game to me."

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