NEW YORK, N.Y. – It was a very physical game between the NY Liberty and Indiana Fever, and it was edgy from the start. Liberty forward Tina Charles and Fever guard Briann January got hit with an early double technicals which seemed to energize the visiting team as they dropped in 32 first quarter points, the most allowed by the Liberty this season. Indiana led from start to finish, the first game in which New York failed to hold a lead this season.
For Indiana, Maggie Lucas finished with a career-high 23 points, 14 of those in the first quarter, and Marissa Coleman added 16 with seven assists and six rebounds. Tamika Catchings shot 0-for-10 from the field and was held without a point for just the second time in her WNBA career, but the veteran forward was a stabilizer when NY began to make its push. Indiana’s bench gave the team a huge boost, accounting for 44 of the teams 80 points (Lucas 23).
The Liberty showed fight with multiple comeback efforts, pulling within 15 at the half, and 11 through three quarters, outscoring the Fever 43-34 during that stretch but Indiana answered every time.
For the Liberty, Tanisha Wright led New York with 12 points, while Brittany Boyd added 11, five rebounds and three assists and Sugar Rodgers also chipped in 11, dished out three dimes and grabbed three rebounds.
New York was hurt by 10 first half turnovers which directly led to 14 Indiana points. Points off turnovers continued to hamper the Liberty throughout the game. The Fever won the turnover battle 17-12 but outscored New York 24-7 in points off turnovers.