Charles climbs blocks, field goals lists, Liberty beat Fever

  • New York Liberty's Tina Charles (31) is defended by Indiana Fever's Teaira McCowan (15) during the first half of a WNBA basketball game, Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019, in Indianapolis.

    New York Liberty's Tina Charles (31) is defended by Indiana Fever's Teaira McCowan (15) during the first half of a WNBA basketball game, Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019, in Indianapolis. Associated Press

  • New York Liberty's Bria Hartley is defended by Indiana Fever's Erica Wheeler (17) during the second half of a WNBA basketball game, Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019, in Indianapolis.

    New York Liberty's Bria Hartley is defended by Indiana Fever's Erica Wheeler (17) during the second half of a WNBA basketball game, Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019, in Indianapolis. Associated Press

  • New York Liberty's Tina Charles (31) goes to the basket against Indiana Fever's Natalie Achonwa (11) during the first half of a WNBA basketball game, Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019, in Indianapolis.

    New York Liberty's Tina Charles (31) goes to the basket against Indiana Fever's Natalie Achonwa (11) during the first half of a WNBA basketball game, Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019, in Indianapolis. Associated Press

  • Indiana Fever's Tiffany Mitchell (3) puts up a shot against New York Liberty's Tanisha Wright (30) during the second half of a WNBA basketball game, Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019, in Indianapolis.

    Indiana Fever's Tiffany Mitchell (3) puts up a shot against New York Liberty's Tanisha Wright (30) during the second half of a WNBA basketball game, Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019, in Indianapolis. Associated Press

  • Indiana Fever head coach Pokey Chatman watches during the second half of a WNBA basketball game against the New York Liberty, Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019, in Indianapolis.

    Indiana Fever head coach Pokey Chatman watches during the second half of a WNBA basketball game against the New York Liberty, Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019, in Indianapolis. Associated Press

  • New York Liberty head coach Katie Smith watches during the second half of a WNBA basketball game against the Indiana Fever, Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019, in Indianapolis.

    New York Liberty head coach Katie Smith watches during the second half of a WNBA basketball game against the Indiana Fever, Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019, in Indianapolis. Associated Press

 
 
Updated 8/20/2019 8:44 PM

INDIANAPOLIS -- Tina Charles had 23 points, 14 rebounds and three blocks to help the New York Liberty beat the Indiana Fever 82-76 on Tuesday night.

Charles moved into sixth on the WNBA's career list for field goals made and 15th for blocks.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Charles led the way in the first half with 21 points and nine rebounds to help New York take a 43-37 lead. The Liberty led by as many as 17 points in the first half. Indiana tied it at 61 in the second half but couldn't take the lead.

Kia Nurse finished with 20 points and Bria Hartley scored 16 for New York (9-18), which snapped an eight-game losing streak.

Rookie Teaira McCowan scored a season-high 24 points and grabbed eight rebounds for Indiana (9-18). Erica Wheeler had five assists to set the Fever's single-season record, passing Tamika Catchings' mark of 143 in 2005.

Catchings sat courtside.

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