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Catchings helps Fever rout short-handed Lynx

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Tamika Catchings scored 27 points to lead the Indiana Fever to its third straight win, 89-51 over the short-handed Minnesota Lynx on Sunday night.

Katie Douglas added 12 and Tammy Sutton-Brown and Shavonte Zellous each finished with 10 to lead the Fever (5-3) to their fifth win in six games.

Rebekkah Brunson led the Lynx (2-7) with 10 points and 12 rebounds, her third straight double-double. Candice Wiggins added 11, but shot just 1 for 8.

Lynx guard Lindsay Whalen missed the game with an undisclosed illness and the Fever took full advantage. Indiana held Minnesota to a franchise-low 11 field goals and 20.7 percent shooting.

Indiana finished 9 for 16 on 3-pointers, and held Minnesota to 0 for 4.

The Fever led by 20 at halftime and held Minnesota to 3-for-23 shooting to start the game. The Lynx went 11:15 between field goals during a rough stretch bridging the first and second quarters.

Wiggins hit a runner with 5:49 left in the second to end the drought, but Minnesota trailed by 24 by then.

Although they were playing for the third time in four nights, the Fever shot 56.3 percent in the first half and led by as many as 30 in the third quarter.

The Lynx have trailed by 20 or more in five games this season and by 30 twice.