Sky fall to Fever, fifth loss in last six games

Sky fall to Fever, fifth loss in last six games
June 20, 2014, 10:15 pm
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Associated Press

ROSEMONT — Karima Christmas scored 14 points to lead a balanced Indiana offense as the Fever beat the Sky, 83-75, on Friday night.

Natasha Howard, Erlana Larkins and Shavonte Zellous added 13 points each for the Fever (6-5). Marissa Coleman scored 12 points.

Epiphanny Prince had 18 points, and Jessica Breland scored 16 for the Sky (6-6), who have lost five of six.

Both teams were without star players. Sky leading scorer Elena Delle Donne missed her fourth straight game due to a Lyme disease flare up. Chicago's Sylvia Fowles (hip) and Indiana's Tamika Catchings (back) have yet to play this season.

Breland hit a jumper to cut Indiana's lead to 75-73 with 1:05 left.

Larkins answered with a layup to extend the Fever's lead to four with 41.3 seconds remaining. After a Chicago turnover, Zellous made a driving layup with 29 seconds left.

Prince responded with a jumper to make it a four-point game again six seconds later.

However, the Fever made four free throws in the final 22 seconds to seal it.

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The Fever finished 28-for-35 from the free-throw line. They shot 41.5 percent from the field to the Sky's 49.3 percent. Chicago was 7-of-16 on free throws.

The Sky opened the third quarter with a 9-2 run and led 59-58 before the final quarter.

The Fever led by 10 in the second quarter before the Sky rallied. Prince's layup tied the game at 38 with 2.3 seconds left before halftime, but she missed her free throw. On the rebound, Indiana's Natasha Howard was fouled and made both free throws to put the Fever up, 40-38, at the break.

The Fever led 19-17 after the first quarter. The Sky scored the first six points before Indiana went on a 13-2 run.

The Fever improved to 28-7 in the regular season against the Sky. Indiana also swept Chicago in the first round of playoffs last season.

Chicago rallied from 18 points down to beat Indiana, 74-71, on May 16 in the season opener.