INDIANAPOLIS – Tamika Catchings scored a season-high 28 points after missing two games because of a lower back injury, helping the defending WNBA champion Indiana Fever beat the Tulsa Shock 80-69 Friday night to snap a seven-game losing streak.
Catchings also had six steals. Karima Christmas had 12 points and seven rebounds for the Fever (2-7), and Shavonte Zellous added 10 points.
Nicole Powell had a season-high 21 points for the Shock (3-11), including 19 in the first half. She entered the game averaging 8.7 points. Riquna Williams added 16 points, and Glory Johnson had 11 points and 11 rebounds.
Former Notre Dame star Skylar Diggins returned to her home state for the first time after being drafted No. 3 overall.
She received a thunderous welcome during the pregame introductions but scored her lone points with 34.7 seconds left in the game.
Rain washes out TinCaps game
The TinCaps game against the Lugnuts in Lansing, Mich., was postponed because of rain. The TinCaps and Lugnuts will make up the game during an Aug. 3-6 series at Parkview Field. The TinCaps also announced that outfielder Alberth Martinez was placed on the disabled list. Fort Waynes roster is at 24, one below the Midwest League limit.
Wawasee boys coach resigns
Wawasee boys coach Phil Mishler stepped down, according to published reports. Mishler was 168-126 in 13 years at the school with two sectional titles and one regional title.
Lakers want Howard to stay
In words and deeds, the Los Angeles Lakers are making it clear how they feel about Dwight Howard. The Lakers took the unusual step this week of putting up billboards around the L.A. area with a large photo of the center and the word Stay. General manager Mitch Kupchak also addressed his feelings Thursday night after the NBA draft. The message is simple: we care about you and we want you to stay, Kupchak said.
Arkansas kicker commits to Purdue
Pine Bluff (Ark.) High School kicker Austin McGehee committed to Purdue. McGehee, a senior-to-be, became the sixth member of the Boilermakers class of 2014. He was a first-team all-state selection during his junior season.
Four Vanderbilt players suspended
Vanderbilt suspended four players for a violation of team rules while Nashville, Tenn., police investigate whether a sex crime occurred in a campus dormitory.
Blumenherst plans clinic for July 5
LPGA Tour professional Amanda Blumenherst, a former Fort Wayne resident, will offer a free clinic at 10 a.m. July 5 at McMillen Park Golf Pro Shop. The clinic will last an hour and a half.
NHL nears deal for Olympics
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman will try to wrap up a deal Monday that would allow NHL players to compete in the Sochi Olympics. Bettman says the league will meet in New York with the players association, the International Olympic Committee and International Ice Hockey Federation.
USA Hockey names GM for Olympics
Nashville Predators general manager David Poile will fill the same position for the 2014 U.S. Olympic mens hockey team, USA Hockey announced.
Fort Wayne girl wins Midwest title
Lauren Goodman of Fort Wayne won the 16-and-under singles title at the USTA/Midwest Section Closed Junior Championship on Thursday in Indianapolis. Goodman beat Alexandra Sanford from Westerville, Ohio, 6-3, 7-6 (7-2) in the finals.