Catchings helps Fever beat Sky to force Game 3 in East semis
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Tamika Catchings scored 22 points to help the Indiana Fever hold off the Chicago Sky 89-82 Saturday night and force a deciding Game 3 in their Eastern Conference semifinal series.
Shavonte Zellous had 16 points and Briann January added 14 for the Fever.
Courtney Vandersloot scored 19 points and Allie Quigley had 14 for the Sky. Elena Delle Donne, who averaged a league-best 23.4 points during the season, was held to 11 points on 3-for-9 shooting. Erika De Souza also scored 11 points.
January's jumper gave Indiana a 79-78 lead with 5 1/2 minutes left. Catchings made two free throws and Marissa Coleman added a jumper to put the Fever up 85-80 with 3 minutes remaining.
Vandersloot's layup pulled the Fever within three, but Catchings had a basket and then made two free throws with 24.9 seconds left to close the scoring.
Game 3 is Monday night in Chicago.