|STAR OF THE GAME
A season-high 26 points to give the Fever its second straight win both on the road and overall. It's the third time in four games that Catchings has scored 20 or more.
“I thought the Washington Mystics came out really focused, hitting all kinds of shots in the beginning. And the ones they didn’t hit, they were getting second-chance points with offensive rebounds. At the half, we talked about defensive intensity and limiting those second-chance points. I thought we had a tremendous third quarter! We wound up forcing 24 turnovers and that led to outscoring them 25-10 in the third quarter. That was when the game turned in our favor.”
On Second Half Turnaround:
“We talked at halftime about our rebounding. We shifted our focus to defense and rebounding, and we got a bunch of stops in the third quarter. We needed a more consistent effort from everybody – from 1 to 5 – in order to win the game.”
Getting the start in place of Ebony Hoffman who was out with the flu, White nailed five 3-pointers on her way to 19 points.
Points in the paint:
Fever 20, Mystics 36
Fever 12, Mystics 15
Fever 2, Mystics 12
Points off turnovers:
Fever 23, Mystics 22
Fever 75, Mystics 52
Fever 4, Mystics 16
||Fever 79, Mystics 68
September 2, 2008 at Verizon Center (Washington, DC)|
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Tamika Catchings scored 15 of her game-high 26 points in the second half to help the Indiana Fever rally for a 79-68 victory over the Washington Mystics on Tuesday night.
Catchings helped the Fever rally after the Mystics took a 45-37 halftime lead. The forward scored 10 points in the third quarter, going 4-for-5 from the field. Indiana outscored Washington 25-10 in the period to take a 62-55 lead into the fourth.
Tan White and Katie Douglas each scored 19 points for Indiana.
The loss also further diminished Washington's flickering playoff hopes. The two teams are fighting for the Eastern Conference's final postseason spot, and Indiana (14-15) now holds a four-game lead over the Mystics (10-19) with just five games left.
Alana Beard scored 17 points and Nakia Sanford added 15 for Washington, which has lost four straight games.
The Fever seeks its fourth consecutive WNBA playoff bid.
The Fever played tonight’s game without starting power forward Ebony Hoffman, ending a streak of 98 consecutive games played for the fifth-year star. The league’s fifth-leading rebounder was sidelined with the flu.
Indiana was outrebounded 20-10 in the first half of tonight’s game, and allowed 13 second-chance points on 10 Mystics offensive rebounds. Washington held a 45-37 lead at the intermission, but Indiana outscored the Mystics 25-10 in the third quarter. Indiana led the battle of the boards in the second half, 16-13, and allowed just one second-chance basket.
Indiana forced 24 turnovers for the game.
Tamika Catchings scored a season-high 26 points. Tan White scored 19 points with a season-high five 3-pointers.