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Powell, Pierson help Liberty tie series with Fever

By Vin A. Cherwoo

Associated Press

Published: Saturday, Sept. 17 2011 4:45 p.m. MDT

Indiana Fever's Erin Phillips (13), of Australia, drives to the basket with pressure from New York Liberty's Leilani Mitchell (5) during the first half of a WNBA playoff basketball game Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011, in Newark, N.J.

Mel Evans, Associated Press

NEWARK, N.J. — Nicole Powell scored 19 points, Plenette Pierson had 15 and the New York Liberty beat the Indiana Fever 87-72 Saturday to even their best-of-three Eastern Conference semifinal series.

Cappie Pondexter scored 14, Essence Carson had 12 and Kia Vaughn 10 for New York, which bounced back from a 74-72 loss in Game 1. The Liberty shot 50 percent from the field (30 for 60) and were 20 for 21 on free throws.

Katie Douglas scored 20 points and Shavonte Zellous had 13 for the Fever. Indiana leading scorer Tamika Catchings was held to two points on 1-for-8 shooting from the field.

Game 3 is Monday night in Indianapolis.

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