(WNBA) Tamika Catchings scored 22 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Indiana Fever back to the WNBA Finals for the second time in four seasons with a 87-71 win over the Connecticut Sun in Game 3 tonight.
The Fever, who won four games while facing elimination during the playoffs, rallied after losing star player Katie Douglas to an ankle injury with only 5 minutes into the game.
Douglas was the team’s leading scorer in the playoffs, and had 51 points in the first two games of this series.
Erin Philips added 15 points. The Fever hit 10 3-pointers, including their first seven.
League MVP Tina Charles who led the Sun with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Kara Lawson added 16 points.
Indiana will play the defending WNBA champion Minnesota, in Game 1 of the best-of-five finals on Sunday.
The Sun, who have never won a WNBA title, hasn’t been to the finals since Douglas led them there in 2004 and 2005.
Catchings and Douglas are both in their 11th seasons, and neither has won a WNBA championship.