Fever even series with Sun on Zellous' jumper
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Shavonte Zellous’ jumper with 0.5 seconds remaining lifted the Indiana Fever over the Connecticut Sun 78-76 in Game 2 of the WNBA Eastern Conference Finals on Monday night to even the series.
The two teams will play the decisive third game on Thursday night in Connecticut.
The Sun’s Allison Hightower tied the game on a baseline runner with 12.5 seconds left. She was fouled on the play, but missed the free throw.
Tamika Catchings rebounded the miss and threw an outlet pass to Briann January who missed a layup. Zellous picked up the rebound and hit the game-winner from 13 feet.
Katie Douglas scored 24 points and Catchings had 21 points to lead the Fever.
Kara Lawson scored 18 points, Asjha Jones added 17 points and 10 rebounds and league MVP Tina Charles had 15 points and eight rebounds for the Sun.
Connecticut led 57-56 entering the final quarter but Indiana used a 7-0 run to go up 63-57 with 7:49 remaining.
The Sun answered back as Renee Montgomery hit back-to-back threes to tie the score at 63.
Charles, who had 11 points at halftime, scored her first bucket of the second half to give Connecticut a 70-65 lead with 4:42 remaining.
Douglas stole the ball from Jones, took it coast-to-coast and was fouled to give Indiana the lead 74-72 on a three-point play with 56.5 seconds remaining.
Charles was fouled by Catchings on one of the Sun’s 14 offensive rebounds and the second-year-pro made both free throws to tie the game at 74.
The Fever responded on a Catchings’ layup with 21.3 seconds left to set up Hightower’s game-tying runner.
Indiana is 0-3 all-time on road playoff games at Connecticut.