INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Fever are heading back to Connecticut thanks to Shavonte Zellous’ last-second basket.
Zellous’ jumper with 0.5 seconds remaining lifted the Fever over the Connecticut Sun, 78-76, in Game 2 of the WNBA Eastern Conference Finals on Monday night.
Now the Fever will play the decisive game in Connecticut on Thursday with a trip to the WNBA finals on the line. Indiana is winless in three playoff games in Connecticut, including a 76-64 loss in Game 1.
“I’m expecting a war when we go up there,” Indiana coach Lin Dunn said. “We are very confident we can go in there and win.”
Katie Douglas scored 24 points, including seven of the Fever’s last 11, and Tamika Catchings added 21.
Kara Lawson led the Sun with 18 points, Asjha Jones added 17 points and 10 rebounds, and reigning league MVP Tina Charles had 15 points and eight rebounds for the Sun.
The Sun’s Allison Hightower tied the game on a baseline runner with 12.5 seconds left. She was fouled on the play, but missed the free throw.
Tamika Catchings rebounded the miss and threw an outlet pass to Briann January, who missed a layup. Zellous had started celebrating when January attempted the layup but gained possession of the loose ball in front of the Connecticut bench before driving and making the 13-foot jumper.