Fever 83

(9-2, 3-1 away)

Sky 54

(6-7, 5-1 home)

    8:30 PM ET, July 10, 2009

    1 2 3 4 T
    IND 33 21 12 1783
    CHI 9 14 13 1854

    Top Performers

    Indiana: E. Murphy 15 Pts, 6 Reb, 1 Ast

    Chicago: B. Wyckoff 8 Pts, 4 Reb

    Murphy scores 15 to help Fever extend win streak to nine

    Associated Press

    CHICAGO -- It all comes down to defense for the Indiana Fever.

    "Play intense defense, that's what we rely on," Fever center Tammy Sutton-Brown said. "Our defense transitions into our offense and it's something we work on constantly."

    The Fever, who have the league's best record (9-2) and have allowed the fewest points, routed Chicago 83-54 Friday to stretch their franchise-record win streak to nine before 4,021 at the UIC Pavilion.

    In the opening quarter, Indiana forced seven Chicago turnovers, shot 72.2 percent (13 of 18) and opened a 33-9 lead.

    "Coming in everyone was very focused," said Fever veteran Tamika Catchings, a one-time Chicago-area high school star. "One of the thing we knew about Chicago is they play really well at home. We knew we'd have to come out and play our game straight from the beginning, but try to jump on them, and we did a great job."

    The torrid pace eased after Indiana used a 10-1 run to build a 43-12 lead early in the second period. The Fever shot 52 percent (9 of 17) in the period on the way to a 54-23 halftime advantage as reserve Shay Murphy hit all five of her shots for 11 points.

    She finished with 15 points as four Fever players scored in double figures.

    The Sky (6-7) lost their fourth straight, but first at home. Chicago shot 22.9 percent (8 of 35) in the opening half and its 54 points were a season low.

    Sylvia Fowles, Chicago's top rebounder and third-leading scorer, sat out her fourth straight game because of a sore right knee. She's expected back Sunday when the Sky travel to Seattle.

    "It's clear to us that [Fowles] is more important to us than just points and rebounds," Sky coach Steven Key said. "She brings a presence for us and we hope to get her back soon."

    Sutton-Brown had 11 points and seven rebounds. Jessica Davenport added 12 points and Katie Douglas 11.

    Shyra Ely led the Sky with 12 points.

    The Fever also set team records for most points in an opening quarter and most first-half points and halftime point margin on the road.

    Indiana lost its first two games of the WNBA season, then began its current streak with a 73-66 home victory over Seattle on June 9.

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    Team Stat Comparison

      Indiana Chicago
    Points 83 54
    FG Made-Attempted 35-67 (.000) 18-61 (.000)
    3P Made-Attempted 7-18 (.389) 3-11 (.273)
    FT Made-Attempted 6-7 (.000) 15-17 (.000)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 5-36 9-32
    Assists 26 11
    Turnovers 10 15
    Steals 8 4
    Blocks 5 2
    Fast Break Points 6 12
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 17 (0/0) 10 (0/0)