Fever hold off Sky 70-64Jun 28, 2010 - 1:44 AM ROSEMONT, Ill.(AP) -- Ebony Hoffman scored 13 points and Katie Douglas and Jessica Moore added 10 apiece and the Indiana Fever held off a late Chicago Sky rally for a 70-64 victory on Sunday.
The Fever, who never trailed in the second half, hit 6 of 8 free throws in the final 64 seconds to pull away after Chicago tied it at 64.
Chicago trailed 66-64 and had the ball with 18.4 seconds to play. But officials whistled the Sky for taking too much time on an inbound pass.
The ball went back to the Fever, backup Briann January was fouled on Indiana's inbound and hit a pair of free throws to extend the advantage to 68-64 with 13.1 seconds left.
"In my opinion, (the call) was a second too early," Chicago coach Steven Key said. "That doesn't matter though. We always wait till we absolutely have to execute. ... So while the call was unfortunate, the game didn't come down to that play."
The victory was the fourth straight for Indiana (9-5) and the third straight this season over Chicago (6-9).
Both teams shot poorly at the outset. The Fever hit 25 percent (4 of 16) in the opening quarter, but improved and shot well from 3-point range (10 of 17), including 3 of 4 from Hoffman.
The Sky were 4 of 14 (28.6 percent) from the field in the first half and were 33 percent (19 of 57) for the game.
The Fever didn't trail after Douglas' 3-pointer just before halftime. In the fourth quarter, Indiana's lead twice hit 10 points, the last coming at 6:21 as Shavonte Zellous' jumper made it 59-49.
The Sky rallied with 3-pointers from Cathrine Kraayeveld and a pair from Erin Thorn, whose second 3 tied the game at 64-64 with 1:28 to play.
Thorn scored 15 points as a reserve for the Sky while Sylvia Fowles added 11 points and 17 rebounds.
"The bench was big for us, if I had a game ball they would get it," Indiana coach Lin Dunn said. "Our starters played a lot of minutes the other night in Seattle so you could see a little fatigue.
"I think it's a real key thing that if you're going to win on the road, you've got to have your bench step up."
FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
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INDIANA 12 17 22 19 70
CHICAGO 12 14 19 19 64 FINAL
HIGH SCORERS: IND - EBONY HOFFMAN 13, KATIE DOUGLAS 10,
JESSICA MOORE 10
CHI - ERIN THORN 15, SYLVIA FOWLES 11,
EPIPHANNY PRINCE 9
Jun 27 8:15 PM
CHICAGO 12 END, 1ST QTR
Jun 27 6:28 PM
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