Mystics Get Set for Home-and-Home with Fever

The Washington Mystics are riding the success wave after winning four of their last five games, which has catapulted them into third place in the East, but things are about to get challenging.

Next up on Washington’s plate are the defending WNBA champion Indiana Fever. But the Mystics don’t have to just face them once — they have two matchups with the Fever in three days. The mini series kicks off on Friday in Indiana at 7 pm before the teams return to Washington for a 4 pm game on Sunday at Verizon Center.

The Fever currently sit in fifth place in the East with a record of 5-8. Indiana’s decline can be attributed to the injury bug, which has sidelined star guard Katie Douglas because of a bulging disk in her lower back.

Despite being plagued by injuries the Fever will still prove to be a lethal opponent. Forward Tamika Catchings who averages 17.1 points, 6.3 rebounds, 3.0 assists, and 3.4 steals per game leads Indiana. Catchings’ all around game will be an obstacle for Washington (8-7) in the next two games. She was also just named a started on the East squad for the 2013 WNBA All Star game.

The Mystics will also look to guard Shavonte Zellous’ 16.1 points and 3.5 rebounds per game. Indiana has an ability to find scorers up and down their lineup, which makes them a dangerous opponent. Washington’s defense will have to be on top of its game

In their first game against Indiana on June 16th, the Mystics edged them out 64-60. However, Washington struggled to contain Catchings and Zellous who had 16 and 17 points respectively for the Fever.

In their last five wins, the Mystics have outrebounded their opponents 189-129, which has proved to be a critical factor in those games. Washington will have to try and win the battle of the boards against the Fever, who average 30.9 rebounds per game, but allow their opponents to grab 33.9.

And after that back-to-back, the Mystics remain at home and will face the Chicago Sky (10-4) for the second time this season. The Sky currently sit tied for first in the East with the Atlanta Dream.

Last time Washington faced Chicago on July 10, they were down by as many as 14 points in the second half and had the chance to tie with 10.7 seconds left, but were unable to do so before falling 89-85. The loss against the Sky is the only one for the Mystics since June 28.