Fever beat Sun 87-71 to advance to WNBA Finals

By Pat Eaton-robb

Associated Press

Published: Thursday, Oct. 11 2012 8:46 p.m. MDT

Indiana Fever's Tamika Catchings wipes her face with her shirt during the first half of Game 3 of the WNBA basketball Eastern Conference finals against the Connecticut Sun in Uncasville, Conn., Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012.

Jessica Hill, Associated Press

UNCASVILLE, Conn. — Tamika Catchings scored 22 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to lead the Indiana Fever into the WNBA Finals for the second time in four seasons with an 87-71 win over the Connecticut Sun on Thursday night.

The Fever, who have won four games while facing elimination during the playoffs, rallied after losing star Katie Douglas to an ankle injury just 5 minutes into the game.

Douglas had been the team's leading scorer in the playoffs, and had 51 points in the first two games of this series.

Erin Philips picked up some of the scoring slack with 15 points. The Fever hit 10 3-pointers, including their first seven.

League MVP Tina Charles led the Sun with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Kara Lawson added 16 points.

Indiana will play at defending WNBA champion Minnesota, who swept Los Angeles in the Western Conference, in Game 1 of the finals on Sunday.

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