|STAR OF THE GAME
KT could not be stopped tonight. The All-Star guard poured in a career and franchise high 34 points. Though she only hit 1-of-7 from beyond the arc, Douglas was 15-of-16 from the line, and 9-of-19 overall from the field.
Catchings was the key to the Fever comeback, as she scored 13 of her 15 points in the first half. Catchings shot 6-of-11 overall from the field, including 3-of-4 from downtown.
“We were able to pull out a victory against a tough and talented team. Jessica Moore did a terrific job off the bench. Katie (Douglas) was attacking at will. She played refusing to lose. I was disappointed at the end when we did not make good decisions. We got ourselves in a hole at the start and we must come out more focused and we will. Did not get a good offensive game from our starting center, but we still win.”
“I believe that the team that stays the healthiest will be the team to beat. We have some injuries we need to take care of. Nothing big, but we are just playing with pain. We are at a point in our schedule where there is no time in between games to heal. We are playing every other day. We didn’t play well tonight but we found a way to win. It was gut check time.”
Points in the paint:
Fever 24, Mystics 30
Fever 8, Mystics 10
Fever 12, Mystics 11
Points off turnovers:
Fever 21, Mystics 25
Fever 68, Mystics 61
Fever 17, Mystics 10
INDIANAPOLIS -- Katie Douglas scored a career high 34 points and the Indiana Fever rallied for an 85-81 win over the Washington Mystics on Tuesday night.
Douglas made 9 of 19 field goals, 1 of 7 from 3-point range, and sank 15 of 16 free throws. She topped her previous high of 30 points scored against the Fever on Aug. 22, 2007, when she played for Connecticut.
Tamika Catchings scored 15 points, Ebony Hoffman had 10 points and 10 rebounds, and Briann January scored 10 for Eastern Conference-leading Indiana (13-4).
Alana Beard scored 19 points for Washington (9-8). Monique Currie and Lindsey Harding added 14 each, and Crystal Langhorne had 11.
With tonight's win Indiana has extended its home winning streak to nine in a row, its longest ever in one season. The Fever won 13 home games in a row spanning two seasons from July 22, 2002 to July 10, 2003.
Including its last three in a row, the Fever has won 14 of its last 18 games vs. Washington. Indiana's 22 wins vs. Washington all-time are its most against any WNBA opponent.
Tonight's win ensures the Fever of at least a split in the season series with the Mystics for the ninth consecutive season. Washington won two of three vs. Indiana in the Fever's inaugural season (2000).
Including 24 in the second half, Katie Douglas scored a career-high 34 points tonight, setting Fever records for points in a game and half. Her 15 points in the third quarter fell one point short of the team record held by Tan White.
Douglas was 15-16 from the foul line, setting career-highs for both free throws made and attempted. She narrowly missed setting a WNBA record for most free throws made without a miss, failing on one FT with less than a minute remaining in the game.
As a team, the Fever had a season-high 36 attempts from the foul line and its 28 free throws made were two off the Fever's season-best.
The Fever outscored the Mystics, 28-9, at the line and Washington attempted just three free throws (2-3) in the second half. Conversely, the Fever was 19-26 from the free throw line in the final two periods.
Douglas's nine rebounds tonight are her most ever as a member of the Fever.
The Fever connected on nine 3-pt FG tonight, the seventh time this season that it has made a season-best nine from beyond the arc.
With 10 points and 10 rebounds, Ebony Hoffman registered her second double-double of the season.
After scoring a team-high 13 points on 6-9 FGS in the first half, the Mystics' Lindsey Harding was 0-7 from the floor and scoreless in the second half.
Jessica Moore's bench-high five rebounds featured a season-high three offensive rebounds--one short of her most ever in the WNBA.
The Mystics had twice as many offensive rebounds (14-7) as the Fever, but scored just two more second chance points (10-8) as Indiana.