Humbling end to special season for Connecticut Sun
The fact that the Tamika Catchings led Indiana Fever squad ended the Connecticut Sun's hopes for that elusive first WNBA title is hardly the greatest shock in the world but the way the season came screeching to a half was certainly hard to comprehend.
Catchings certainly did her part with 22 points, 13 rebounds, four assists, two steals and two blocked shots but she had plenty of help.
I doubt there are too many folks out there who thought Indiana's quartet of Erin Phillips, Briann January, Jeanette Pohlen and Shavonte Zellous would end up outscoring Asjha Jones, Allison Hightower, Renee Montgomery and Kara Lawson but that is exactly what happened. Making matters worse they were 21 of 34 from the field as the alternated hitting wide open jumpers and driving unopposed to the basket.
“If you had told me that this game was going to play like this I would have thought it was crazy,” Connecticut Sun coach Mike Thibault said. “They had 77 (points) with five minutes to go in the game, that is not the history of us playing them.”
If the Sun did not end the game on a 15-3 run they would have suffered their most lopsided playoff loss since the franchise relocated to Connecticut in 2003.
The memories of a 25-win regular season and trip to the Eastern Conference finals, the MVP season of Tina Charles, career-best seasons enjoyed by Kara Lawson and Allison Hightower seem little more than footnotes after the way the season came crashing to a halt.
“It is a shame that all the good stuff that we did will be defined by this,” Thibault said. “Unfortunately it is the nature of the game that you are judged by your last game usually. All the good stuff we did it will be hard to remember for a while.”