Final

Comets 62

 

Fever 70

(11-9, 8-4 home)

    2:00 PM ET, July 14, 2004

    1 2 3 4 T
    HOU 28 34 62
    IND 34 36 70

    Top Performers

    Houston: K. Holland-Corn 17 Pts, 3 Reb, 5 Ast, 3 Stl

    Indiana: S. White 11 Pts, 2 Reb, 10 Ast, 2 Stl

    Miller scores game-high 18

    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 70-62.

    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 successful."

    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 fast-break layup.

    "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."

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    Team Stat Comparison

      Houston Indiana
    Points 62 70
    FG Made-Attempted 22-54 (.000) 29-63 (.000)
    3P Made-Attempted 6-15 (.400) 6-14 (.429)
    FT Made-Attempted 12-16 (.000) 6-8 (.000)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 10-29 13-33
    Assists 15 23
    Turnovers 15 11
    Steals 5 6
    Blocks 4 3
    Fast Break Points 3 6
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 14 (1/0) 15 (0/0)