Fever star leads the way past Minnesota to add WNBA champion to stellar career accomplishments.
The Indiana Fever took care of business in front of a frenetic home crowd at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, closing out the Minnesota Lynx to win their first WNBA championship.
The Fever played with the lead nearly the whole way but to Minnesota's credit, the visitors just wouldn't go away. Winning a championship isn't supposed to be easy and the Lynx made sure the Fever earned it.
And they did.
Every time the Lynx made a run to get back in the game, it seemed that Tamika Catchings was there to flip the momentum back in Indiana's favor. Playing like one of the all-time greats that she is, Catchings made some heavy duty buckets midway through the fourth quarter when the game was in the balance.
Even Reggie Miller appreciated the effort, tweeting this declaration after a mini-run by Catchings and the Fever. Catchings led the way with 25 points, 8 assists, 4 rebounds and 3 blocked shots, but she wasn't alone. Erin Phillips added 18 points and 8 rebounds, while Erlana Larkins held things down in the paint with 13 rebounds. Briann January also chipped in 15 points included a big 3-ball late in the fourth quarter and four free throws to ice the game late.
Injured star Katie Douglas was also able to get on the court for the final 3.2 seconds in what was a perfect finish.
Congrats to the whole Fever organization and Herb Simon for getting that WNBA championship! I'll give the last word to Reggie.
Yes Yes Yes, Fever wins WNBA Championship!!! Tamika Catchings deserves all of this, heart n soul!!!!!— Reggie Miller (@ReggieMillerTNT) October 22, 2012