Final

Stars 70

(6-4, 1-4 away)

Fever 60

(5-4, 3-2 home)

    6:00 PM ET, June 15, 2008

    1 2 3 4 T
    SA 16 11 22 2170
    IND 15 12 21 1260

    Top Performers

    San Antonio: A. Wauters 19 Pts, 10 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl, 2 Blk

    Indiana: E. Hoffman 10 Pts, 10 Reb, 4 Ast, 2 Stl, 2 Blk

    Catchings returns to Fever lineup but Silver Stars prevail

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Sophia Young and the San Antonio Silver Stars didn't feel bad to spoil Tamika Catchings' season debut for the Indiana Fever.

    Ann Wauters had 19 points and 10 rebounds, Young scored 18 and Vickie Johnson added nine points and 10 rebounds for the Silver Stars (6-4), who won their third straight and defeated Indiana for the second time in five days.

    Catchings, who tore her right Achilles tendon in last year's Eastern Conference finals and underwent surgery in September, made her return. She played 12 minutes in a reserve role and finished with two points and one rebound.

    Catchings, a five-time WNBA All-Star and two-time league defensive player of the year, began practicing at near full-strength about two weeks ago but had not been activated to the roster until Sunday.

    "It's good to see her on the court. I can only imagine what it took for her to get back," Young said. "It's exciting for her to be back out there and the crowd loved it."

    Catchings received a standing ovation from the fans at Conseco Fieldhouse when she entered the game with 3:02 left in the first quarter.

    "I went to check-in and everybody started cheering, and I was like, 'OK, I hope I don't mess up,'" Catchings said. "The support I've gotten from the fans has been awesome.

    "After going through warm-ups and sitting there watching the game, my nervous energy started building up. When [Indiana coach Lin Dunn] put me in, I was so tired from thinking about riding the bike, when I was going to go in and what was going to happen."

    Catchings' doctors suggested she play around 10 minutes Sunday.

    "I thought we used that time well," Dunn said. "You saw flashes of her play."

    San Antonio, which had its lead cut to 49-48 on Catchings' layup to end the third quarter, took its biggest advantage of the game, 61-51, following Wauters' 3-pointer and Ruth Riley's jumper with 5 minutes left.

    The Fever got within 64-60 on Katie Douglas' two free throws with 46 seconds left, but Young's jumper and Wauters' two free throws sealed the victory.

    "We knew they would be fired up with Catchings coming back," Wauters said. "We ... played strong defense and played well collectively as a team."

    The Silver Stars and Fever were tied 27-all at halftime after eight ties and seven lead changes. San Antonio's biggest advantage was four points, and Indiana's was two.

    "It seemed like throughout the whole game we would get up by four and they would just be right there," Young said.

    Douglas scored 17 and Ebony Hoffman added 10 points and 10 rebounds for Indiana (5-4), which played without center Tammy Sutton-Brown (Achilles tendinitis).

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    Team Stat Comparison

      San Antonio Indiana
    Points 70 60
    FG Made-Attempted 24-61 (.000) 21-58 (.000)
    3P Made-Attempted 5-15 (.333) 3-11 (.273)
    FT Made-Attempted 17-19 (.000) 15-17 (.000)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 12-36 7-27
    Assists 14 10
    Turnovers 14 13
    Steals 9 10
    Blocks 6 3
    Fast Break Points 6 10
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 20 (0/0) 20 (0/0)