Tamika Catchings and Shavonte Zellous each scored 19 points and the Indiana Fever opened defense of its league title with a 79-64 victory at San Antonio in the first game of the WNBA season.
SAN ANTONIO — Tamika Catchings and Shavonte Zellous each scored 19 points and the Indiana Fever opened defense of its league title with a resounding 79-64 victory over the depleted San Antonio Silver Stars on Friday night.
Indiana outscored San Antonio 45-29 in the second half, turning a one-point deficit into its third consecutive victory on opening night.
“We figured that San Antonio would start off like gangbusters,” said Indiana coach Lin Dunn, a former Storm coach. “It’s opening night. There is a lot of energy, a lot of excitement, and they did. I think they knocked down about five or six shots in a row and they were hitting their threes.
“I just think we did a good job not panicking (and) not overreacting, just weathering that storm. Everything kind of settled down and we were able to chip back into the game.”
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Katie Douglas added 18 points and Erlana Larkins had eight points and 12 rebounds for Indiana.
Shenise Johnson scored 14 points and Shameka Christon added 10 for San Antonio, which lost its season opener for the first time since 2010. No other Silver Stars player scored more than nine points.
San Antonio was without Becky Hammon (broken finger) and Sophia Young (torn knee ligament).
Hammon is expected to miss about a month and Young, who suffered her injury while playing overseas, is likely to miss the season.