• Fever’s Season Ends with Loss to NY

    September 02, 2010 No comments

    Cappie Pondexter scored 30 points, and the New York Liberty came from behind in the fourth quarter to beat the Fever 77-74 in the deciding Game 3 of their best-of-three opening round Eastern Conference series.

    Fever forward Tamika Catchings twice missed layups in the closing 25 seconds, and either one would have tied the score.

    Coach Lin Dunn complained Catchings was fouled each time and said she would risk being fined for saying so.

    Katie Douglas scored 24 points — all in the first three quarters — and Catchings 21 for the Fever. Catchings was visibly upset in the postgame news conference, but more so about the Fever’s failure than the no-calls.

    Backup center Kia Vaughn made a free throw with 8.9 seconds left to give the Liberty a three-point lead, but she missed the second attempt. The Fever’s Briann January missed a potential tying 3-pointer in the closing seconds.

    The Fever led 70-65 with six minutes left but were overtaken because of Pondexter, who scored five points in the final 78 seconds. Her rainbow hoop with 28 seconds left put the Liberty ahead 76-74.

    The No. 2-seeded Liberty will open the best-of-three Eastern Conference finals Sunday at Madison Square Garden against the No. 4-seeded Atlanta Dream.

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