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Fever sweep Liberty

Indiana gets revenge from 2002 defeat

September 2, 2005

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— Indiana's Tamika Catchings and Natalie Williams knew what to expect from the playoff-tested New York Liberty.

Catchings finished with 19 points and 11 rebounds, and Williams had 13 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Fever to a 58-50 victory over the Liberty on Thursday night and a sweep of the first-round playoff series.

The Fever advance to the Eastern Conference finals for the first time and will face the winner of the Connecticut-Detroit series, with the best-of-three set to begin Sept. 8.

Becky Hammon scored 14 points for the Liberty, who eliminated Indiana in three games in the Fever's only other playoff appearance in 2002.

The Fever led by as many as 14 points in the first half and withstood a late rally, led by Liberty center La'Keshia Frett, who finished with 13 points.

Comets 67, Storm 64

Seattle - Sheryl Swoopes converted two defensive stands by Houston into four points in the final three minutes, and the Comets rallied from a 10-point second-half deficit.

The first round, best-of-three WNBA playoff series is tied at 1-1. Game 3 will be Saturday night in Seattle.

Swoopes scored 20 points for the Comets, 14 in the second half.

Betty Lennox led Seattle with 16 points.

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