Fever cruise past Sky, return to conference finals
Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) - The defending-champion Indiana Fever will return to the Eastern Conference Finals for the third straight season after cruising past the top-seeded Chicago Sky, 79-57, to complete a two-game sweep.
Tamika Catchings led the way with 18 points and 12 rebounds and Erlana Larkins had 14 points and pulled down 11 boards for the Fever, who won the season- series with Chicago, 3-1.
Sylvia Fowles chipped in 14 points and 14 rebounds and rookie Elena Delle Donne finished with 10 points on a dismal 2-of-11 shooting from the field for the Sky, who made the playoffs for the first time in franchise history.
Indiana raced out to a 22-14 lead after the first quarter and took a 47-27 lead into the break. The 20-point spread was the Fever's largest halftime lead in the playoffs in franchise history.
The Fever outscored Chicago 20-16 in the third before cruising to victory in the fourth.
Indiana has been in the conference finals in six of the last nine season.