May 21, 2004

Fever 69, Liberty 67

INDIANAPOLIS -- Kelly Miller scored 18 points and Natalie Williams finished with 11 points and 12 rebounds, leading the Indiana Fever to a 69-67 victory over the New York Liberty in the opener for both teams Friday night.

Kristen Rasmussen made two free throws with 10.4 seconds remaining to give the Fever a 69-64 lead before the Liberty's Crystal Robinson made a 3-pointer at the buzzer.

Tamika Catchings scored 14 points on 4-for-12 shooting, and Miller shot 8-for-14 from the field, including 5-for-6 in the first half, for Indiana.

Robinson and Vickie Johnson each scored 16 points each for New York.

The teams were tied at 36-all at the break, but the Fever built leads of 52-40 and 65-58 in the second half, then hung on for the win.

The Fever took control by holding the Liberty scoreless for nearly five minutes of the second half and using a 10-0 run for a 52-40 lead with 13:55 remaining.

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