Thursday, August 23, 2007

Sun win in historic fashion

Now that was a game.

The Sun beat the Indiana Fever, 93-88, in the first triple overtime game in WNBA playoff history Thursday to take a 1-0 lead in their best-of-three series.

They were up by as many as 17 points in the third quarter before Indiana came back to force a first overtime … and then a second … and then a third. The Sun had to come back from five points down in the final extra frame before two Katie Douglas free throws iced it.

Here are just a few of the records set, besides it being the first game of its kind in league history:

Douglas made eight steals, a WNBA playoff record, and her five in the first half tied the league mark set by Nykesha Sales on Sept. 27, 2004, against Washington. Douglas’ 47 minutes and 44 seconds on the court were the most by a Sun player in a playoff game.

Lindsay Whalen set a franchise record with 10 assists and a personal record in a playoff game.

The Sun's 95 field-goal attempts was a playoff record.

It was the first time in league history that both teams had at least two players with double-doubles. For the Sun, it was Asjha Jones (20 points, 10 rebounds), Whalen (13 points, 10 assists) and Margo Dydek (11 points, 11 rebounds). For the Fever, it was Tamika Catchings (14 points, a career-high and Fever playoff-record 20 rebounds) and Tamika Whitmore (24 points, 14 rebounds).

Anna DeForge’s 31 points is the most by a Sun opponent in a playoff history.

Connecticut’s 37 defensive rebounds was a franchise postseason record. Its 27 assists was also a franchise single-game playoff mark.

There will be much more to come in tomorrow’s post about the best game in WNBA playoff history.

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