|STAR OF THE GAME
While coming off the bench and playing just under 30 minutes, Whitmore had her first double-double with the Fever. She pulled down a career-high 15 rebounds and scored 17 points for the Fever.
White led the Fever with 20 points against Washington. She also added two steals, three rebounds and one blocked shot.
“Feels good to win, especially after a long drought. Washington is a very athletic, scrappy team. We kept our composure to get the win. We knew after the All-Star break our games would be tough. They have proved tougher because of the loss of Tamika (Catchings). We’re getting better without Tamika. We’re beginning to figure it out. I don’t want to bring her back too early so I will listen to what the doctor says.”
On her performance tonight:
“The last couple of games we’ve changed our line-up. Whitmore (Tamika) came off the bench and really helped us on the boards. My job is to play with a lot of energy. Playing as a team is what is important, not my points. It is all about a team effort, right now.”
Points in the paint:
Fever 20, Mystics 32
Fever 4, Mystics 18
Fever 6, Mystics 7
Points off turnovers:
Fever 15, Mystics 18
Fever 48, Mystics 47
Fever 18, Mystics 10
INDIANAPOLIS -- Tan White scored 20 points to lead the Indiana Fever to a 66-57 victory over the Washington Mystics on Tuesday night.
Tamika Whitmore added 17 points and a career-high 15 rebounds for the Fever (17-10), who snapped their six-game losing streak and avoided closing in on the franchise record of 10 straight losses.
Alana Beard had 15 points and DeLisha Milton-Jones scored 12 for the Mystics (10-15), who lost all four regular-season games to Indiana this season.
The Fever won for the first time since losing All-Star Tamika Catchings to a left foot injury July 20 against Detroit. Catchings could miss the rest of the regular season.
Indiana quickly extended its six-point halftime lead to 39-28 following Tully Bevilaqua's 3-pointer early in the third quarter. The Fever took their biggest lead of the game, 50-36, on Whitmore's jumper to end the period.
Milton-Jones' layup helped Washington close within 54-46 with 7 minutes left in the fourth quarter, but the Fever responded with three straight free throws to extend the lead back to 11.
Indiana, which never trailed in the game, took a 26-15 lead following Whitmore's basket early in the second quarter. Whitmore led all scorers in the first half with nine points.
The Fever's win tonight gives them a sweep of the four-game season series with the Mystics, Indiana's second ever sweep of a season series with an Eastern Conference opponent. The Fever also won all four games in 2005 against the Charlotte Sting.
The win ends the Fever's six-game losing streak, which had tied the second longest streak in team history.
Tamika Whitmore's 17 points and career-high 15 rebounds tonight represent her first double-double in a Fever uniform and her first since having 21 points and 13 rebounds vs. the Mystics, 6/1/03. This is just the third double-double of her WNBA career.
Whitmore's 12 defensive rebounds are the most by any Fever player in history--other than Tamika Catchings--and are the most by an Fever player this season. Her 12 defensive boards are one off the most by any player in the WNBA this season in a non-overtime games.
The Mystics tied a season-low with just five assists and that ties the fewest ever by a Fever opponent. The five assists is the fewest ever by an Indiana opponent at Conseco Fieldhouse.
Washington's 57 points represent the second fewest by a Fever opponent this season and the fewest at Conseco Fieldhouse in 2007. The L.A. Sparks scored just 56 points at STAPLES Center, 7/5.
Indiana was outscored, 32-20, in the paint tonight and that ties the fewest points for Indiana in the paint this season. The Fever has had 20 points in the paint five times. 20 points is the Fever's fewest in the last 14 games.
The Mystics outrebounded the Fever, 38-34, and Indiana is now 6-5 when out being outrebounded by the opposition.
The Fever's six points in the second quarter were the team's fewest in any period this season and are the fewest ever scored by the Fever in a quarter at Conseco Fieldhouse. Indiana has scored six or fewer three times, twice against the Mystics. The Fever had a club-record low five points at L.A., 7/7/06, and six points at Washington, 6/27/06.
Tonight's win is the Fever's third (3-5) in a game in which it failed to hit for at least 70 points.
In just over five minutes, Alisonj Bales recorded two blocked shots and that is her first game with more than one rejection this season.
Having scored 25 points in Phoenix on Sunday, 7/29, and 20 tonight, Tan White has scored 20+ points in consecutive games for the first time in her career. White has scored 20+ points four times this season and seven times in her three seasons in the WNBA.
In the last two games, White has shot 8-17 (.471) from behind the 3-pt line.
Including her 1-2 from 3-pt range tonight, Anna DeForge has shot 11-18 from long range in her last six games at the Fieldhouse. Overall, she has made 19 of her last 35 attempts from 3-pt range.
2007 Game Report Archive