INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Kelly Miller believes the Indiana Fever
simply got into a rhythm against the Houston Comets on Wednesday.
The Fever guard scored 18 points and Stephanie White added 11
points and a career-high 10 assists as the Fever beat the Comets
Tamika Catchings had 13 points for the Fever, who had lost their
six previous meetings with the Comets.
Reserve Kendra Holland-Corn had 17 points for the Comets.
Miller and White combined to make 10 of 15 shots, and the Fever
shot 46 percent (29-of-63).
"We did a good job getting the ball upcourt, and when we did,
we made the extra pass and knocked the shots down," Miller said.
White added her first career double-double, and center Natalie
Williams and reserves Kristen Rasmussen and Kelly Schumacher scored
eight points each.
"We took what was there," White said. "The biggest thing we
had today was great balance. We'll need that if we're going to be
Miller had four points in an 8-2 run over the last 3:14 of the
first half that gave Indiana the lead for good at 34-28.
"Kelly is our smartest player on the court," Fever coach Brian
Winters said. "Stephanie made some good shots and moved the ball
very well. This was our best 40 minutes in a while."
The Comets managed just two baskets over the first 9:15 of the
second half, and the Fever took a 50-37 lead.
Tina Thompson hit a 3-pointer and Holland-Corn drove the lane
for a basket as Houston cut the lead to 66-62 with 19 seconds to
play. Then Miller hit two free throws with 18 seconds left.
After the Comets missed a 3-pointer, Rasmussen scored on a
"Indiana did a great job running their offense," Comets coach
Van Chancellor said. "They reversed the ball remarkably well."
Houston forwards Sheryl Swoopes and Tina Thompson made just
seven of 24 shots against Indiana's defense.
"We didn't play hard," Swoopes said. "It's been the same
story all season. One more loss doesn't make it any less
frustrating than before we came out here today."