In the last few years, the Fever were stopped by the Dream in the Conference Finals. This year, they defeated the Dream in the first round and subsequently defeat the Sun in the second round to advance to the Finals. The Fever have played great against both of these teams. It seemed as though the Fever had no trouble defeating the Dream but the Sun put up a little bit of a fight, but not enough to knock off the Fever.
The Fever fell in game 1 64-76. At the end of halftime, the score was 30-30. At the end of the first quarter, the Fever had a good lead but they blew it in the second quarter by only scoring 8 points. Both of these teams had a chance to win at halftime, they were on the same level but when they came out for the 3rd quarter, the Fever weren’t ready. The Sun finished the 3rd quarter with a lead of 9. The Fever played good in the 4th quarter but they couldn’t pull an upset. Katie Douglas led her team with 27 points. No one on the Fever team was near her scoring ability, although almost everyone scored. Asjha Jones, Tina Charles, Kara Lawson and Tan White all scored double digits for the Sun. They had a much better team effort and they deserved the win they got.
In the second game the Fever turned up the heat but they didn’t do great until the 3rd game. They continued to improve until they won game 3. Shavonte Zellous won the game off a Briann January miss. This game was generally close until the end. The Fever had a few leads while the Sun had a few leads but in the end the Fever came out on top. The Fever had a better team game. Tamika Catchings and Katie Douglas combined to score 45 points. They had no problem scoring when they needed to and they did a great job extending the lead. Erlana Larkins was close to a double double scoring 9 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. The Sun had 3 players in double digits but the rest of the team had nice scores. Asjha Jones, Tina Charles, and Kara Lawson once again led the team but they couldn’t push OT or win the game in the end. Hightower at the end of the game missed the game winning free throw that led to a shot by January. At the end of the game, January missed her layup but was able to get her own rebound past Kalana Greene.
In the 3rd game, the Fever clearly won. The Sun really didn’t have a chance in this game until the 3rd quarter but even then the Fever came out in the 4th quarter and snatched all hope the Sun had. The Fever had a variety of players that came out of the gate and helped the team win. Jeanette Pohlen was one of the players that showed up and helped this team beat the Sun. Pohlen was a big help in the 2nd and 4th quarter. She had big shots it the 4th to ensure the Fever advanced. Erin Phillips was big throughout the entire game and that helped her team immensely! Pohlen and Phillips combined to score 29 points. Tamika Catchings score 22 points and grabbed a huge 13 rebounds! This team was great in this game and showed they deserved to win this game and the series.