Note: Former Laney basketball standout Tamera Young was 3 for 5 from the floor for the Chicago Sky on Wednesday. Young had the unenviable task of guarding a fired up Tamika Catchings most of the day.
ROSEMONT, IL (AP) – Tamika Catchings scored 26 points a day after the death of her former Tennessee coach, Pat Summitt, and the Indiana Fever beat the Chicago Sky 95-83 on Wednesday.
Catchings hit a 3-pointer with 7:33 left in the first quarter and immediately pointed toward the sky in a tribute to Summitt, who died Tuesday.
In the fourth quarter, Catchings found Tiffany Mitchell in the corner for an open 3-pointer to push Indiana’s lead to 82-68. On the Fever’s next possession, Catchings spun her defender and completed a 3-point play for a 17-point lead.
Erlana Larkins added 15 points and nine rebounds for Indiana (7-9), which is ranked No. 9 in the AP power poll. Catchings was 7 of 11 from the field, including 3 of 4 behind the arc, and hit all nine of her free throws.
She scored 14 points in the first half as Indiana held a 44-38 lead. Elena Delle Donne led the way for Chicago with 12 points at the half.
Delle Donne finished with 21 points for eighth-ranked Chicago (6-9).
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