WNBA Scores

Thursday, May 29th

Final

Fever 57

(0-1, 0-1 away)

Sting 66

 

    12:00 AM ET, May 29, 2003

    1 2 3 4 T
    IND 25 32 57
    CHA 31 35 66

    Stinson sparks Sting to first win of season

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- New Charlotte Sting coach Trudi Lacey has made defense a priority this season. Two games into the season, it's already starting to show.

    Andrea Stinson scored 13 points and Tammy Sutton-Brown added 11 to lead the Charlotte Sting to its first win of the season, 66-57 over the Indiana Fever on Thursday night.

    The Sting, who lost to Washington 74-70 in last week's season opener, gave Lacey her first victory by holding Indiana to 33 percent shooting.

    "I think Trudi has been really concentrating on our defensive effort,'' Charlotte guard Dawn Staley said. "If we need a bucket, we're a team that has been together a long time and that part comes easy. But you win games with defense and that's what she's working on.''

    Lacey celebrated the victory by telling the crowd over a microphone that it was "the first of many.'' But the former Charlotte assistant didn't want the attention for her first win as head coach.

    "I'm more happy for them than myself,'' she said. "I know they really wanted to get it. But it is great to get that first win under your belt. It's important, it's a confidence booster.''

    Tamika Catchings, the WNBA rookie of the year last season, scored 19 points to lead Indiana in its season opener. The Sting held her to just six points in the first half, when Indiana fell behind 31-25.

    "Catch struggled a little in the first half, but she came back and played better in the second half,'' Indiana coach Nell Fortner said. "I thought we had good looks, our shots just weren't falling. Maybe it's first game jitters, but we've got to knock those shots down.''

    Natalie Williams and Nikki McCray added 11 points each for the Fever.

    Charlotte never trailed, taking a 9-2 lead. Stinson scored the Sting's first seven points on a layup, a running jumper, a free throw, and another jumper.

    Indiana had to play catch-up from there, falling behind 31-25 at halftime.

    The Fever cut it to 36-34 on Williams' layup with 15:46 to play, but the Sting responded with a 10-2 run to retake control of the game.

    "Charlotte did a great job of taking us out of our offense,'' McCray said. "They forced us to take quick shots. We should be patient and try to get the easy shot.''

    Charlotte forced 16 turnovers and had six steals and six blocked shots.

    Charlotte shot 47 percent from the floor against Indiana, 10 percentage points better than in the season opener. But the Sting struggled from 3-point range, hitting just 2 of 8 attempts.

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