Dallas, Texas – The Indiana Fever snapped the Dallas Wings’ winning streak at four Saturday night, with a 92-87 win.
Erlana Larkins scored a career-high 19 points for the visitors. Karima Christmas led the Wings with 21 and 12 rebounds, and became the first franchise player to lead the team in scoring and rebounding in a single game this season.
“Down the stretch I missed some layups that I really wanted to go down, but I just try to be aggressive at all times and give my all for my team,” Christmas said.
Dallas has played four games in seven days. They did not play a good defensively Saturday, allowing Indiana to score 52 points in the first half. The Wings ended the third quarter on a 10-2 run and still down six 73-67. In the fourth the Wings cut the lead down to three with 52 seconds to go 90-87 but they could not close it out.
The Fever never trailed after the 1:40 mark in the first quarter.
Fever forward Tamika Catchings, who was a high school basketball star in the Dallas area, was able to play at home for the first time in her final season. She had 15 points, as did Briann January and Erica Wheeler.
“I think everybody came out really energized,” Catchings said. “We’ve had a couple of team meetings, and I feel like tonight we played the way that we want to play, and we need to keep playing.”
Dallas guard Skylar Diggins scored six of her eight points in the third quarter ,and played just two and a half minutes in the fourth. She has been making her way back from an ACL injury, and has played in just seven games this season. She did not aggravate her knee in Saturday’s game.
“We have to watch her minutes and the things she’s doing on the court,” Dallas coach Fred Williams said of Diggins’ limited play. “We wanted to stick with the unit that [closed] the gap.”
The Wings will attempt to get back on track against a tough Los Angeles team on Tuesday. They lost to the Sparks by 34 points two weeks ago, and have not won a game against any team with a record above .500 this season.
Williams said he relishes practice time the next few days.
“We need to get our legs back under us,” he said. “We have played every other day this week, this will be the first time where we will have a couple of days for good practice.”