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Indiana Fever tops Liberty

Liberty's Cappie Pondexter (23) winces after being shaken

Liberty's Cappie Pondexter (23) winces after being shaken up late in the first quarter against the Indiana Fever during a WNBA basketball game at Prudential Center. (Aug. 30, 2013) Credit: Jason DeCrow

INDIANAPOLIS - Briann January scored 20 points and Natasha Howard added 12 to help the Indiana Fever beat the Liberty 70-66 on Saturday night.

The back-and-forth battle had 14 ties and 12 lead changes before Indiana took a 68-66 lead on two free throws by Karima Christmas with 28 seconds left. Cappie Pondexter missed a jumper with 8 seconds left before the Liberty fouled Marissa Coleman. She hit both free throws to seal the win for Indiana (3-3).

Tina Charles scored 22 points to lead the Liberty (2-4).

Delisha Milton-Jones had given the Liberty a 66-64 lead with 2:54 left, but that was their last points of the game. They missed their last four shots after that basket.

Indiana was still missing Tamika Catchings, who has been sidelined with a back injury this season.

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