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Indiana Fever defeats New York Liberty, 82-71

We had a chance to watch our Indiana Fever take on the New York Liberty last night, and were in for a real treat. This was women's basketball at its finest — they played hard, scrambled for every ball, had some high-flying interceptions, and even a couple tackles. The final score was 82-71, which may seem like a big differential, but if you were at the game, you know different.

This was a far cry from the LA Sparks game we saw several days ago, which was more of a blowout. It was like watching a WNBA team trounce a high school basketball team. The LA Sparks didn't play like a team, everyone who got a rebound or inbound ball thought it was up to them to score, and there was one Sparks player — I won't name names — who was wide open on most drives, but no one would pass to her. She was the dorky kid on the playground that has to be included but is never involved. I felt embarrassed for the Sparks, and thought the Fever showed a lot of mercy by not scoring that 100th point. (The game finished 98 - 63, and rather than score the 100th point, Jeanette Pohlen showed a lot of class and held the ball with 7 seconds remaining, choosing not to rub the Sparks' nose in it.)

But in this game, the Fever and the Liberty were playing like it was Game 5 of the WNBA Championships. Every point was hard-fought, every rebound involved a couple of elbows, and the crowd was going crazy every second of the game.

It wasn't until the 4th quarter that the Fever finally capitalized on a few Liberty errors and were able to widen the gap before bringing the game home.

Tamika Catchings was responsible for more than a third of the total points with 32, 4 more points than the next top 3 scorers.




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