Posted June 03, 2012 on AP on Fox
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Cappie Pondexter scored 25 points to lead New York to an 87-72 victory over the Indiana Fever on Sunday night, snapping the Liberty's longest winless start in franchise history. Essence Carson had 16 points and Plenette Pierson added 14 for New York (1-5), which lost by 23 points at Indiana the previous night. Leilani Mitchell scored 13 points and Kia Vaughn had 10. Tamika Catchings scored 19 points and Katie Douglas had 15 for the Fever (4-1). Briann January added 12 points and Shavonte Zellous 10. The Liberty, who shot 44 percent (31 for 70), led by double digits from late in the second quarter until the Fever made a run down the stretch in the fourth. After Vaughn's jumper with 6:20 to go put the Liberty ahead 75-58, matching its largest lead of the game, the Fever used a 12-2 run to pull within seven with 3:20 to go. January and Jessica Davenport had four points each during Indiana's spurt. However, Pondexter scored nine points as the Liberty outscored the Fever 12-6 the rest of the way to seal their first win of the season. Trailing by 10 points after one quarter, the Fever pulled within three twice in the second. Catchings' 3 cut the deficit to 30-27 with 5:51 left in the period. Pondexter then made three free throws 17 seconds later. January hit a 3 with 4:51 remaining in the second to cut the deficit in half, but Pierson made two free throws and Pondexter had a layup to push the Liberty's lead to 37-30 a minute later. Carson made two 3s sandwiched around two free throws by Pierson to extend New York's advantage to 50-37 with 1:24 to go in the first half. Zellous' two free throws with less than 2 seconds to go in the half cut the Fever's deficit to 53-42 at the break. The Liberty shot 50 percent (18 for 36) from the field in the first half, including 6 for 11 on 3s. The Fever shot 42 percent (13 for 31) on field goals, including 6 for 15 from beyond the arc. Both teams were perfect from the line, New York on its 11 attempts and Indiana on its 10. Indiana committed eight turnovers in the third quarter as they failed to cut their deficit below 10 points. Vaughn's jumper with 1:51 to go in the period extended the Liberty's lead to 66-51. DeMya Walker's driving layup with 6:47 remaining put New York ahead 73-56. Carson made a 3-pointer and Pierson had a layup to give the Liberty a 13-7 lead with 5 1/2 minutes left in the first quarter. New York then closed the period with a 9-3 run, taking a 24-14 lead on Pondexter's fastbreak layup with 2 seconds to go.
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