The Sun opened the game on fire and with an attitude. They literally looked angry as they scored 29 first-quarter points and extended their lead to 22 points early in the second quarter. They started to cool down midway through the period, with several jump shots falling short on consecutive possessions, and the Fever responded. With just six field goals through the first 16 minutes of the game, they netted five in the final 3:50, the last coming from Anna DeForge (10 first-half points).
Surprisingly, the Sun didn’t have a single offensive rebound the entire half. It didn’t matter early, as they seemingly hit everything but they’ll have to hit the boards throughout the second half. They may not be able to keep shooting 58.1 percent from the floor.
A note: Indiana forward Ebony Hoffman, considered probable before the game with a strained hamstring, didn’t dress. The Sun’s Kristen Rasmussen did, but she didn’t play in the first half. It makes you wonder if she is still feeling the effects of the whiplash from Game 2. Le’Coe Willingham has filled her minutes, playing solid defense on Tamika Catchings.