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Throw this one in the clunker category for Connecticut.

The Eastern Conference leaders were out of it by halftime Thursday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, trailing 57-30 on their way to a 95-61 loss at the hands of the Indiana Fever.

Six players scored in double figures for Indiana (6-4), led by Briann January's game-high 20 points. January canned 4-of-5 3-pointers for the Fever, which drilled 15-of-24 from the bonus line.

Katie Douglas contributed 17 points, while Erin Phillips came off the bench to net 14.

Tamika Catchings and Shavonte Zellous each scored 13 points and Jeanette Pohlen kicked in 12 - all on 3s. Catchings also tacked on 10 rebounds and eight assists to fall just shy of a triple-double.

It was a far cry from the teams' first two meetings, which were close games won by the Sun, including an 88-85 contest on Tuesday night at Mohegan Sun. This time, Indiana rolled to a 25-13 first-quarter lead and then rattled off 32 second-quarter points to end the game's competitive phase.

The Fever hit 55 percent from the floor and had assists on 23 of their 36 field goals. They also won the rebounding battle 35-29.

Connecticut (9-3) got 11 points from reserve forward Mistie Mims, plus 10 apiece from Kara Lawson and Asjha Jones. Tina Charles hit just 3-of-11 shots from the floor and finished with only six points.

The Sun made just 20-of-61 field goal attempts, including a miserable 2-of-16 from the 3-point line, and coughed up 16 turnovers. Coach Mike Thibault wasn't around for the end as he was ejected with 1:09 left in the third quarter.

Connecticut is idle until June 29, when it visits Washington at 7 p.m.

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