PHOENIX—Lin Dunn talked before the WNBA Finals began how important it was for her team to steal one of the first two games of the five game series in Phoenix.
Looks like she got her wish. A 29-18 third quarter run helped the Fever get a big lead, and then held off a late charge by the Mercury to pull out a 93-84 win in Game 2 of the WNBA Finals Thursday night. Indiana has now pulled even in the series at one game a piece, and will go for the lead when they play their first ever WNBA Finals game at home Sunday afternoon at 4 P.M.
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Tamika Catchings, who had a quiet game one, responded with 11 first half points and finished with 19 for the game to lead the Fever, while also getting a team high 11 assists and nine rebounds to help pick up the franchises' first Finals victory. Ebony Hoffman followed her 27 point performance in Game 1 with 16 more in Game 2, including six in the big third quarter for the team.
Indiana's lead would remain at double digits till the final minute, when layup by Cappie Pondexter cut the Indiana to five at 87-82, but the Fever hit their final six free throws down the stretch to end any Mercury threat down the stretch. Diana Taurasi led Phoenix with 20 points, including six in that final two minute run by the Mercury.
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The Fever will arrive back in Indianapolis tomorrow afternoon at 3:30 P.M. and a rally will be held at the US Air terminal at the Indianapolis International Airport. Tickets for Game 3 Sunday afternoon, according to the Fever, are going quickly and are already near 16,000, which would be the highest in Fever history.