INDIANAPOLIS, Aug. 18 (Ticker) -- Powered by Tamika Catchings, the Indiana Fever are headed to the playoffs for the second time in their history.

Catchings scored 13 of her 23 points in the first half as the Fever never trailed in a 67-57 victory over the Washington Mystics, who have lost four in a row.

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Indiana (18-12) improved to 12-3 at Conseco Fieldhouse. Its only other postseason appearance came in 2002, when it lost in the first round to New York.

Indiana scored the first seven points and held a 34-28 halftime lead as Catchings made 6-of-7 shots. Kelly Miller's 3-pointer capped a 10-2 surge that pushed the advantage to 50-37 with 12:39 to play.

The Mystics closed to 55-51 with 5:18 left on two free throws by Chasity Melvin, who had 20 points and 10 rebounds. But the Fever scored eight of the next 10 points to rebuild the lead to double digits.

Natalie Williams scored 15 points and Miller added 13 for the Fever, who shot 51 percent (23-of-45) and limited the Mystics to 38 percent (17-of-45).

DeLisha Milton-Jones also scored 20 points for Washington (14-16), which fell one-half game behind Detroit for the final playoff berth in the Eastern Conference.