In an effort to advance to their first WNBA Final since 2005, the Connecticut Sun took an 11-0 lead in the early moments of the first quarter against the Indiana Fever in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals Monday night.
Then it seemed they played catch-up for the remainder of the night.
Shavonte Zellous, the former Pittsburgh star, hit a desperation 17-footer with 1 second to play to give the Fever a 78-76 win at force Game 3 on Thursday.
Fever forward Erlana Larkins, channeling Dennis Rodman in his prime, was keeping Tina Charles away from the basket. And Indiana’s Katie Douglas put the Fever ahead 74-72 with a conventional three with 56 seconds to play.
Charles tied the score at 74 with two free throws and then Tamika Catchings, who had just seven points in Friday’s Game 1 at the casino, gave the Fever a 76-74 lead with 21.3 seconds to play.
The Sun called their final timeout and Allie Hightower scored on a drive and was fouled by Larkins with 12.5 seconds to play. Hightower missed the free throw and then Briann January missed a lay-up for the Fever, but kept the ball alive to set up the game-winner