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Fever lock up postseason berth by downing Liberty

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Briann January scored 16 points, and fellow all-star Tamika Catchings added 15 as the Indiana Fever clinched a playoff spot for the 10th straight season with a 76-63 win against the New York Liberty on Thursday night.

Indiana held the Liberty (13-19) to 39 percent shooting and used a stingy defense to build a 46-21 halftime margin. New York was limited to 27 percent shooting in the first half and committed 13 turnovers.


Tina Charles led the Liberty (14-18) with 15 points. Cappie Pondexter added 10 for New York. The Liberty made one final run to start the fourth quarter, pulling within 61-49 with 7:59 left in the game, but the Fever clamped down and held on down the stretch.

New York and Indiana will square off Sunday at Madison Square Garden in the regular season finale for both teams. Before that, though, the Fever will host the Chicago Sky on Saturday.

Karima Christmas came off the bench to score 14 points for Indiana. Starting guard Shavonte Zellous scored 11 points.

Catchings had a strong all-around game, grabbing nine rebounds to go along with four steals, a block and an assist. Erlana Larkins had nine rebounds to go with seven points.

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