Behind Tamika Catchings’ double-double (13 points, 12 rebounds), the Indiana Fever sent the Connecticut Sun to their second straight loss, 75-70, before 7,100 fans at Conseco Fieldhouse on Saturday.
It was the 70th career double-double for Catchings, the former Tennessee star who added five assists for good measure. Tammy Sutton-Brown added 12 points and Briann January chipped in with 10. Former Sun star Katie Douglas had nine points for the Fever, who improved to 5-3 and moved past the Sun into first place in the WNBA Eastern Conference. The pesky Douglas added four steals to her bottom line.
Renee Montgomery led the Sun in scoring for the second straight game. This time the former UConn star had 19 points, and also chipped in with six assists and five steals. Asjha Jones added 18 for Connecticut, which fell to 4-3.
After averaging 26 points per game in her last three contests, Tina Charles was limited to 12 by the Fever, but managed to record her third straight double-double with 11 boards.
Former Sun favorite Erin Phillips came off the bench to score five points for the Fever, whose bench outscored Connecticut’s reserves by a 31-6 margin.
After wrapping up an 0-2 road trip—all three of the Sun’s losses this season have come on the road—Connecticut returns to the friendly confines of the Mohegan Sun Arena for two key contests against Western Division foes. Tuesday night the Sun will entertain Candace Parker, Tina Thompson and the Los Angeles Sparks followed by a date with the defending WNBA champion Seattle Storm, featuring Sue Bird and Swin Cash and on Friday night. Tuesday night’s game against Los Angeles will be televised nationally on ESPN2, while the Seattle game will be televised throughout Connecticut and New England on Comcast Sports New England (CSNE). For more information, visit www.wnba.com/sun.