Chicago defeats Indiana 86-84 in double-overtime to force game 3
The Indiana Fever were seconds away from reaching their third WNBA championship, but instead will be returning to Indianapolis for a deciding game-three as they lost to Chicago 86-84 in double-overtime.
After a dominant second quarter that gave Indiana a 39-31 lead, Chicago stormed back during the second half and took a 59-58 lead behind a three-pointer from Elena Delle Donne. The Fever would respond back, and after a Shavonte Zellous layup gave Indiana a 62-61 lead with 5:22 to go, the two teams traded baskets throughout the fourth quarter.
Indiana pull ahead when Tamika Catchings hit a jumper from the free-throw line with 11.4 seconds left on the clock, but Chicago would tie the game at 71-71 when Tamera Young put back a rebound to tie up the game with a second left. Briann January would have a chance to win the game, but missed at the buzzer on Indiana’s baseline.
The Sky would jump out and control the first couple minutes of overtime, but a Zellous layup with cut Chicago’s lead to 78-77 with under 1:30 to go. A Young free throw would give Chicago a two-point lead, but Catchings would step up and tie the game at 79 with 58.1 seconds to go. Both teams would have missed opportunities to end the first overtime period, but a Karima Christmas putback at the buzzer did not leave her hands in time, ultimately forcing a double-overtime.
Chicago would take a 86-84 lead off a Sylvia Fowles free throw, and Shavonte Zellous had a chance to win the game with a three at the buzzer, but her attempt hit the rim and Chicago was victorious.
Fowlers would lead all-scorers with 27 points, while Erlana Larkins had 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Fever.