|STAR OF THE GAME
Tan White was the spark that fired up the Fever in the first half against the Mystics. White scored 18 of the 36 points for the Fever in the first half. Her 16 points in the second quarter ties the fourth-highest figure for points scored in a single quarter. She finished with a game high of 20 points.
Ebony Hoffman came off the bench to contribute 9 points and 5 rebounds. She scored all of her points in the second half to help lead the Fever to victory over the Mystics.
"We didn't win, we escaped. The effort was there but not the execution. We had too many mental errors and we must correct them now."
"An ugly win is better than a loss but there was no flow to the game and it affected our mentality. It was a very frustrating game because they came out and played a kamikaze defense. We have to have a good practice session and carry it over for the game on Wednesday."
Points in the paint:
Fever 20, Mystics 28
Fever 9, Mystics 4
Fever 9, Mystics 21
Points off turnovers:
Fever 13, Mystics 22
Fever 36, Mystics 50
Fever 34, Mystics 16
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Tan White had a season-high 20 points and the Indiana Fever, scoreless from the field for a WNBA-record 13:32 to start the game, rallied to beat the winless Washington Mystics 70-66 Sunday night.
The Fever (4-0) had 10 of their franchise-record 29 turnovers in the first quarter and did not make a field goal until Tully Bevilaqua's layup at 6:28 of the second period. Washington (0-6), playing its second game under interim coach Tree Rollins, led by as many as seven during the sloppy first half, but Indiana stayed close at the free throw line.
The Fever hit 31-of-36 free throws in the game, including one by Tamika Catchings after Washington pulled to 67-66, and the final two by Sheri Sam with 12 seconds remaining. Catchings then stole the ball, her sixth steal of the game, and Indiana ran out the clock for the win.
Catchings added 15 points for the Fever.
Tamara James led Washington with a career-high 17 points, and Alana Beard had 13.
The Fever hit all 12 of their foul shots in the first quarter, including two by Catchings with just over a second remaining to cut the Mystics' lead to 13-12. Two more free throws by White at the start of the second quarter put Indiana in front, but Washington built the lead back to 21-14 before Bevilaqua ended the Fever's 0-12 start from the field.
Washington led 29-28 before Indiana scored the final eight points of the second period, including two baskets and two free throws by White and two more foul shots by K.B. Sharp that made it 36-29.
The Fever never trailed again, taking their biggest lead at 56-46 on a basket by White at the start of the fourth quarter.
Washington's 0-6 start is the worst in franchise history. Rollins took over as interim coach last Friday after the abrupt resignation by Richie Adubato.
The Fever has started the season 4-0 for the second straight season.
The Fever has now won five of the last seven, and seven of the last 10, games vs. the Mystics.
Tonight's win and the New York Liberty's one-point win vs. Phoenix earlier today sets up the first matchup in WNBA history between two teams with undefeated records of at least 3-0. The Fever will play the Liberty at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday, 6/5.
Tan White's team-high 20 points featured 16 points in the second quarter alone. That is tied for the fourth highest single-quarter total in WNBA history.
Indiana's 29 turnovers are a club-record and are the most by any team in the WNBA this season. The 52 turnovers by both teams combined ranks as the third highest total in league history and it is the most ever by two teams in a non-overtime game. The New York Liberty (28) and Houston Comets (28) combined for a league record 56 turnovers in an overtime game, 6/26/97.
After missing its first 12 shots from the floor, the Fever shot 18-36 FG (.500) the remainder of the game.
Indiana went without a field goal for the first 13:32 of the game, setting a WNBA record for the longest field goal drought to start a game in WNBA history.
Indiana is just the second team to ever go an entire quarter without a field goal and the first since San Antonio accomplished the dubious feat, 7/18/06.
Washington's 20 rebounds tonight are the fewest by any team in the WNBA this season.
Anna DeForge's four assists tonight are her most this season and she is the first player, other than Tamika Catchings, to lead the Fever in assists.
Tamika Catchings' six steals tonight tied the most by any player in the WNBA this season. Cheryl Ford of Detroit had six thefts vs. Minnesota, 5/22.
Tamika Catchings scored 11 of her 15 points tonight from the foul line, where she shot 11-12 FT. Her 12 attempts tied the most by any player in the league this season.
As a team, the Fever shot 31-36 FT tonight and both the team's free throws made and attempted are two short of the most by any WNBA team this season.
In a game wrought with turnovers, the Fever's two point guard, Tully Bevilaqua and K.B. Sharp, totaled two assists, and just one turnover in a combined 34+ minutes.
Tamara James team-high 17 points are her career-high, as are her five steals. Prior to tonight, James had accumulated a total of five steals in 24 career games.
The league leader in steals coming into tonight's game with an average of 2.50 spg in four appearances, Alana Beard also had five steals for the Mystics--her most this season.
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