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Catchings leads Fever to victory over Sky

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Tamika Catchings had 16 points and a career-high 11 assists to lead the Indiana Fever to an 86-70 win over the Chicago Sky on Sunday night in Indianapolis.

Catchings, an All-Star starter, also had seven rebounds and seven steals. She moved into third place in WNBA history in steals with 474, surpassing Nykesha Sales and Yolanda Griffith.

All-Star starter Anna DeForge and reserve Sheri Sam scored 14 points and Tammy Sutton-Brown added 13 for the Fever.

Liberty 71, Monarchs 61: At Sacramento, Calif., Erin Thorn and Cathrine Kraayeveld scored 13 points apiece, leading New York to a victory over the Monarchs.

New York, playing at home for the first time in two weeks, closed the first quarter with a 16-0 run to take a 32-12 lead. The Liberty shot 11 for 14 (79 percent) from the field in the quarter.

Loree Moore had 12 points and Shameka Christon added 10 for the Liberty, winners of three of four.

Comets 79, Lynx 67: At Minneapolis, Tina Thompson scored 23 points to help Houston beat Minnesota, giving the Comets their first road win of the season.

Thompson, who scored 20 or more for the eighth time this season, also had eight rebounds as Houston improved to 5-13 with the win.

Seimone Augustus led the Lynx with 22 points, but Minnesota lost its fourth consecutive game, falling to 5-14.

Shock 111, Mercury 82: At Auburn Hills, Mich., Katie Smith scored 20 points, Deanna Nolan added 18, and Detroit used a league-record 72-point second half to rout Phoenix.

The Shock seemed energized by Bill Laimbeer’s benching of All-Star center Kara Braxton for lethargic play. Braxton only played the last 3:42, entering long after the game was decided.

Eight Detroit players scored at least seven points, with six in double figures. Three players had at least 10 rebounds, as the Shock outrebounded Phoenix 55-26.

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