If the best offense is good defense, Tamika Catchings would have been Sunday's leading scorer. And she was.
Before the game she was named the WNBA's Defensive Player of the Yeaer, and also received the Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award. She then went out and led the team in scoring and rebounding with 17 and 13... a Jack and master of all trades, it would seem.
Catching's defense was part of a record-setting first quarter for the Fever, in which they tied their own playoff record of only allowing 8 points in the first quarter.
With Catchings in rare form and a rejuvenated Katie Douglas, the Fever were able to out-rebound the Liberty and even the series at 1-1. The win is their first since Aug. 15; after ending the season with a three-game losing streak that cost them the top seed in the playoffs, they got pummelled in New York in last Thursday's series opener. But Wednesday's game leaves a great opportunity for Hoosier basketball to stick it to the city of New York in a meaningful game for the first time since Reggie retired.
The winner of Wednesday night's game at Madison Square Garden will go on to the Eastern Conference Finals to face the Atlanta Dream, who easily swept the Washington Mystics.