Posted: Sep 30, 2012 4:52 PM
Updated: Sep 30, 2012 4:53 PM
ATLANTA (AP) Tamika Catchings had 25 points and 13 rebounds, Brian January scored 24 points and the Indiana Fever beat the Atlanta Dream 103-88 in Game 2 on Sunday to even their Eastern Conference semifinals series.
Erlana Larkins had 16 points, Shavonte Zellous added 15, Tammy Sutton-Brown 11 and Erin Phillips 10 for the Fever, who shot 53 percent from the field. January scored 11 points in the third quarter to help Indiana extend a two-point halftime lead and Catchings had 18 in the fourth one short of the WNBA record for a quarter.
Angel McCoughtry scored 22 points to lead Atlanta. Lindsey Harding added 17 and Sancho Lyttle 15.
The deciding Game 3 will be Tuesday in Indianapolis, where the Dream eliminated the Fever in Game 3 of the East finals a year ago.
Indiana, which also lost the series opener 73-66 at home on Friday, outscored Atlanta 31-20 in the third quarter to pull away from a 47-45 lead at the break. Larkins had eight points in the quarter to back January.
The Dream scored 10 straight points to cut pull to 82-75 early in the fourth. However, Catchings hit back-to-back 3-pointers and then cut through the defense for a layup as the Fever regained control.
Catchings, who had missed her first seven shots, hit a 3 with 1.8 seconds left in second quarter to give Indiana the halftime lead. January and Sutton-Brown each had 11 points at the break for the Fever, who shot 53 percent.
After starting 1 for 8 and falling behind 14-6, Indiana made six straight shots. But Ketia Swanier banked in a 30-footer at the buzzer to give Atlanta a 24-22 lead at the end of the first quarter.
McCoughtry and Lyttle each scored 11 points in the first half for the Dream, who shot 41 percent.
A total of 23 fouls were called in the first half, 13 on Indiana. Atlanta was 12 for 13 from the line in the first 20 minutes, while the Indiana was 11 for 20. The Fever finished 28 for 41 while the Dream were 25 for 28.