The Indiana Fever staved off elimination and force a decisive Game 3 by handing the Atlanta Dream a 103-88 loss at Philips Arena. After a hotly contested first half, Atlanta struggled coming out of the gates to start the third quarter. The Fever outscored the Dream 31-20 in the third quarter to seize control of the game.
Perhaps most concerning for Atlanta coach Fred Williams was that Indiana took over the game while getting limited production from their two stars in Tameka Catchings and Katie Douglas. Catchings came alive in the fourth quarter to eliminate any thoughts of an Atlanta rally but Douglas played only 18 minutes finishing with three points on 1-6 shooting.
If Atlanta is going to have a chance in Game 3 then they are going to have to come up with some answers defensively. Indiana hit 53 percent of their field goal attempts and got to the free throw line 41 times. The margin of victory would have been much greater had the Fever made more than just 68 percent of their free throws.
Catchings did the majority of her damage in the fourth quarter and finished with a game-high 25 points. She hit 6-17 field goals and was 10-12 from the free thrown line on the afternoon. Catchings also pulled down a game-high 13 rebounds. Briann January picked up the slack left by Katie Douglas by scoring 24 points while Eriana Larkins added 16.
Angel McCoughtry led Atlanta with 22 points. Lindsey Harding added 17 points but made just 7-20 shots from the floor. Sancho Lyttle added 15 while Erika de Souza added 10 points and nine rebounds.
Game 3 between the two clubs is set for Tuesday back in Indiana although the tip off time has yet to be determined.