Lynx 59

(9-20, 2-12 away)

Fever 69

(18-11, 11-3 home)

    7:00 PM ET, August 3, 2006

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    MIN 16 13 16 1459
    IND 14 16 15 2469

    Top Performers

    Minnesota: S. Augustus 16 Pts, 1 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl

    Indiana: T. Catchings 17 Pts, 7 Reb, 6 Ast, 4 Stl, 1 Blk

    Fever make their stand on line to knock off Lynx

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- The Indiana Fever were able to find a way to beat Minnesota despite another poor shooting night.

    The Fever made just four field goals in the fourth quarter and shot 36 percent (25-of-70) overall, but Indiana outscored the Lynx 14-2 from the foul line in the final period and held off Minnesota 69-59 on Thursday night.

    The win moved Indiana (18-11) to within 1½ games of Detroit for second place in the Eastern Conference with five games to play and assured the Fever of their second consecutive winning season. They are the only two winning seasons in franchise history.

    It was the fifth straight loss for Minnesota (9-20).

    Tamika Whitmore scored 18 points and Tamika Catchings added 17 points, seven rebounds, six assists and four steals. But the Fever's shooting woes are starting to wear on coach Brian Winters.

    "We had a lot of opportunities in the lane and didn't finish," he said. "For a while, we couldn't make a perimeter shot. We've just got to keep working on it."

    Minnesota rookie Seimone Augustus was held to 16 points. She entered the game averaging 22.3 points, second-best in the league. Catchings, last year's defensive player of the year, spent much of the game on Augustus and Tan White helped out.

    "She's a heck of a player," Winters said of Augustus. "We limited her tonight with different defenders on her. We did a good job."

    The Fever led 61-59 in the fourth quarter when Anna DeForge hit a 3-pointer with one minute left that put Indiana in control.

    DeForge went 2-for-11 before making that shot.

    "She's struggling with her shot right now," Winters said. "She will come around. She has been a quality player for us."

    White shot 2-of-13 and Ebony Hoffman was 2-of-8.

    Whitmore scored 11 points in the first half to help the Fever take a 30-29 lead at the break. Indiana held Augustus to six points on 3-of-6 shooting in the first half.

    Minnesota had 24 turnovers that led to 23 points.

    "Turnovers are any team's worst nightmare," Augustus said. "I think they were able to get the bulk of their points off turnovers tonight. They did an excellent job of forcing turnovers by keeping the ball out of our point guard's hands."

    Indiana led by as many as seven points in the third quarter, but the Lynx fought back to tie the score at 45 at the end of the period.

    The win left the Fever dissatisfied.

    "The biggest thing is to try to get better as a team," Catchings said. "Tonight, we did a good job in stretches. But we need to put 40 minutes together."

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    Team Stat Comparison

      Minnesota Indiana
    Points 59 69
    FG Made-Attempted 24-55 (.000) 25-70 (.000)
    3P Made-Attempted 2-8 (.250) 3-15 (.200)
    FT Made-Attempted 9-15 (.000) 16-24 (.000)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 7-37 11-34
    Assists 15 16
    Turnovers 22 8
    Steals 6 15
    Blocks 4 7
    Fast Break Points 6 16
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 23 (0/0) 12 (0/0)