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Fever hold off Silver Stars for third straight win

SAN ANTONIO -- Tamika Catchings scored 26 points to help the Indiana Fever hold off the San Antonio Silver Stars 65-63 Tuesday night.

Danielle Robinson missed a jumped for the Silver Stars with 3.9 seconds left. Jia Perkins' 3-pointer with 41.4 seconds left pulled the Silver Stars within two points, but neither team was able to score after that.

The Fever (18-7) won their third straight game and for the eighth time in their last nine games. Indiana swept the season series against San Antonio after winning 81-68 at home on Aug. 9.

Indiana trailed by four points in the third quarter but held San Antonio to 3 of 17 shooting in the fourth

"I think maybe certain situations you have to step up and do a little more," Catchings said. "We did well in the first quarter, second quarter, and that third quarter, we just went a little haywire. I think me just getting the ball, calming everybody down, getting people where they need to be, attacking the basket, from there the game just revolved around that."

Scholanda Robinson, Danielle Robinson and Perkins each scored 10 points for the Silver Stars (13-11), who lost for the sixth time in their last eight games. San Antonio started the season 5-1.

"We didn't shoot the ball well, no one did," Hammon said. "It was a rough, rough night from the floor."

Hammon shot 1 for 8 and scored six points.

Katie Douglas' -- the Fever's second-leading scorer, didn't attempt a field goal or score a point. But she was on Hammon all night.

"When you look at the stat line, you say `Katie didn't score,' " Dunn said. "But look at Becky's stat line. That's thanks to Douglas."

Silver Stars coach Dan Hughes was ejected with 4:02 left in the game when he got a second technical for arguing a foul call against Young. He earned his first with 1:25 left in the second quarter for protesting when no foul was called after Robinson's shot was blocked.

The Silver Stars limited Indiana to only seven points in the third quarter, holding Catchings without a field-goal attempt, and led 54-50 going into the fourth.

"I think what she's done is she's attacking the basket more, she's pacing herself a little more," Indiana coach Lin Dunn said. "I think she has a tremendous will to win."