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Liberty down Fever in 3 ot

Thursday, June 26, 2008

By VIN A. CHERWOO

AP Sports Writer

NEW YORK -- Janel McCarville scored a career-high 31 points and Shameka Christon had six of her 23 in the third overtime, lifting the New York Liberty to a 102-96 victory over the Indiana Fever on Thursday night.

Essence Carson had 18 points, Loree More added 12 and Cathrine Kraayeveld 11 to lead New York (7-6) in a game that tied for the second-longest for overtime periods in the regular season in league history.

Ebony Hoffman scored a career-high 26 points and Tammy Sutton-Brown had career highs with 23 points and 15 rebounds for Indiana (7-7). Katie Douglas added 18 points and Tamika Catchings had 15.

Hoffman was 11-for-19 from the field, including a career-best three 3-pointers, before fouling out with about two minutes to go in the second overtime.

After Sutton-Brown had consecutive baskets in a 33-second span to give the Fever a 96-94 lead with 2:12 left, Christon 's 3-pointer nearly a minute later started the Liberty's game-ending 8-0 run.

Kraayeveld's jumper gave New York a 92-90 lead with 1:07 left in the second overtime, but Sutton-Brown's putback with 10 seconds left tied it.

Catchings hit a 3-pointer with 4.4 seconds left in the first extra period to give the Fever an 88-87 lead. However, she was then whistled for a foul on McCarville, who missed the first free throw before hitting the second with 1 second left to send the game to a second overtime.

Hoffman and Douglas hit consecutive 3-pointers 32 seconds apart to give the Fever a 70-65 lead with 1:08 left in regulation.

McCarville hit a jumper for New York 10 seconds later, and Hoffman missed a jumper with the shot clock running down on the ensuing possession.

Carson then made a short jumper with 20.6 seconds left, but missed a potential tying free throw.

After Douglas hit two free throws 8 seconds later to push Indiana's lead to 72-69, Kraayeveld made a tying 3 from the left corner with 6.3 seconds left.

The Liberty, who rallied from a 13-point deficit in the second quarter, were 26-for-30 from the free throw line and outrebounded the Fever 46-42.



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