Friday, May 30, 2008
Fever 82, Sparks 78 (2 OT). Whoa. The first two overtime game this year is a big win for the Fever (3-1), who have just knocked the Sparks (2-1)off the top of the hill and positioned themselves as the team to beat. The Fever led 37-22 at halftime but almost let it get away from them. Indiana held off the Sparks' Candace Parker, who scored six points in the final minute of the second overtime. Parker scored a rarity, scoring at least 5 points, rebounds, blocks, assists AND steals. (16 pts, 16 reb, 6 blk, 5 ast, 5 stl). She is the first WNBA player to ever do so. (Let's not mention her seven turnovers, BTW.)
For long stretches of the overtimes, Indiana guard Tan White was left unguarded, and she scored 11 of 20 points in the final period against the Sparks. Both teams combined for 27 blocked shots, a league record.
Lynx 75, Sky 69. The Lynx (3-0) remain the WNBA's sole undefeated team. Charde Houston of the Lynx scored 9 of her fifteen points in the fourth quarter to give the Lynx the win. The Sky (1-2) led 46-38 as late as the third quarter, but Chicago managed to tie the game at 66-66 with 1:42 to play. With the Lynx up 71-68, the Sky made a free throw but were forced to foul Semoine Augustus to get the ball back, and Augustus made both of her free throws.
Augustus had a career-high nine rebounds.