Archive for Sunday, June 1, 2003

Indiana rips Washington for first win

June 1, 2003


— Injuries cost Stephanie White a year of her career with the Indiana Fever. She worked her way back on the roster, then she found a spot in the starting lineup.

White scored 13 points, Tamika Catchings had 15 points and 11 rebounds and Niele Ivey scored a career-high 14 points as the Fever beat Washington, 71-60, Saturday.

"To have a game like this after a long layoff feels good because I worked really hard to get here," White said.

White started for the first time since June 28, 2000, and played for the first time since the 2001 season. She sat out last year while recovering from surgery on her left ankle and right knee and wasn't guaranteed a roster spot in training camp.

Coach Nell Fortner went with a smaller lineup to match up better with Washington's quick transition game and told White in practice she would start.

"I feel really good and I'm having a lot of fun," White said. "There are always things I want to do to improve my game, but I'm back physically to where I want to be."

Murriel Page led Washington with 19 points and Chamique Holdsclaw added 17. The Mystics shot 39 percent from the floor.

Rockers 74, Liberty 50

Cleveland -- Betty Lennox scored 14 points as Cleveland snapped a 10-game home losing streak. The Rockers, who went 4-12 at home last season, had not won at Gund Arena since defeating Sacramento, 73-50, June 27, 2002. Pollyanna Johns Kimbrough and Deanna Jackson each scored 13 points as Rockers (1-1) reserves had 44 points. Becky Hammon scored 20 points and Crystal Robinson finished with nine for New York (0-1).

Sting 70, Shock 67

Auburn Hills, Mich. -- Rookie Teana McKiver scored 15 points and fellow reserve Kelly Miller added 12 to lead the Sting. The Charlotte backups outscored Detroit's 35-2. The Shock were playing their first game of the year. Andrea Stinson and Tammy Sutton-Brown added 10 points each for Charlotte (2-1), while Dawn Staley had 10 assists. Swin Cash paced the Shock with 16 points and 10 rebounds, while Elaine Powell had 16 points and Cheryl Ford had 15 points and eight assists in her WNBA debut.

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