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Catchings and Fever win first WNBA title

By Cliff Brunt

Associated Press

Published: Sunday, Oct. 21 2012 8:40 p.m. MDT

Indiana Fever forward Tamika Catchings, left, tries to make room as she is defended by Minnesota Lynx guard Monica Wright in the third quarter of Game 4 of the WNBA basketball Finals in Indianapolis, Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012.

Michael Conroy, Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS — Tamika Catchings scored 25 points to help the Indiana Fever win their first WNBA championship with an 87-78 victory over the Minnesota Lynx on Sunday night.

Catchings, who was the MVP of the Finals, averaged 24.8 points in the series, which the Fever won 3-1 over the defending WNBA champions.

Erin Phillips added 18 points and eight rebounds while Shavonte Zellous and Briann January each had 15 points.

The Fever won even though No. 2 scorer Katie Douglas missed most of the series with a severely sprained left knee. Douglas checked in with 3.2 seconds left to a loud ovation.

Seimone Augustus, Minnesota's leading scorer in the playoffs, had eight points on 3-for-21 shooting. Lindsay Whalen scored 22 points and Maya Moore added 16 points for the Lynx, who were vying to become the first team to win consecutive titles since Los Angeles in 2001 and 2002.

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