Fever Hold Off Mystics

STAR OF THE GAME
Tamika Catchings
Catchings' four rebounds, three assists, four steals and one blocked shot helped the Fever win over Washington. Catchings also scored 14 points to lead the Fever to victory.
UNSUNG HERO
Tamika Whitmore
Whitmore added 12 points, four rebounds and three steals conbrituting to the Fever win over Washington.
QUOTABLE
Tamika Catchings
In general:
“We did a great job, especially down the stretch. [Anna] came back in and hit two big threes for us down the stretch. We got stops when we needed them, and we hit shots when we had to. We played good on offense and got back in our defense.”

Brian Winters
On the out-of-bounds play with 18.9 seconds remaining:
“[Washington] cut it to three. It was an out-of-bounds play and both Tamikas [Whitmore and Catchings] were in it. Whitmore got the ball in the lane and muscled her way to the basket. She posted up and nearly got the three-point play. She did exactly what we ask her to do.”

HIDDEN NUMBERS
Points in the paint:
Fever 36, Mystics 30
Second-chance points:
Fever 12, Mystics 11
Fast-break points:
Fever 7, Mystics 6
Points off turnovers:
Fever 24, Mystics 15
Starters scoring:
Fever 43, Mystics 52
Bench scoring:
Fever 26, Mystics 10
GAME REPORT
Fever 69, Mystics 62
July 1, 2007 Verizon Center (Washington, DC)
Box Score | WNBA Recap

Team Record 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Indiana 11-4 24 17 12 16 69
at Washington 5-11 15 14 15 18 62

WASHINGTON(AP) Tamika Catchings and Tan White had 14 points apiece to lead the Indiana Fever to a 69-62 victory Sunday that ended the Washington Mystics' three-game winning streak.

The Mystics double-teammed Catchings for much of the game and limited her to 5-for-13 shooting. But Washington had no answer for White, a reserve guard who scored 12 points on 5-for-10 shooting in 15 minutes of the first half. She finished with a career-high eight rebounds and two assists.

Tamika Whitmore added 12 points, four rebounds and three steals for Indiana.

Alana Beard led Washington with 16 points, six rebounds, four assists and three steals.

Beard's back-to-back 3-pointers and driving layup pulled the Mystics to 63-58 with 1:30 remaining. After Catchings responded with two free throws, Nikki Blue was fouled while making a layup for Washington.

DeLisha Milton-Jones rebounded Blue's missed free throw and was fouled. Milton-Jones made both free throws that pulled the Mystics to 65-62 with 38.7 seconds left.

Whitmore's layup made it 67-62. White added two free throws with 13.1 seconds left.

Center Nakia Sanford had 15 points and 10 rebounds for Washington. Milton-Jones added 10 points and 14 rebounds. The duo also combined for 13 turnovers.

The Fever shot 50 percent (18-for-36) in the first half and led 41-29 at halftime.

The Fever took control with a 13-0 run late in the first quarter, when Sheri Sam's 3-pointer gave Indiana a 20-13 lead with 54 seconds remaining.


  • Fever has held opponents below 40 percent shooting for a WNBA-record 10th consecutive game.
  • Tan White and Tamika Catchings each scored 14 points to pace the Fever. White came off the bench to add a career-high and team-high eight rebounds.
  • Defending a three-point lead with 18.9 seconds remaining, Tamika Whitmore’s layup on an out-of-bounds play iced the lead and posted the Fever to a 67-62 advantage.
  • Shooting guard Anna DeForge scored just six points in the game and was hampered by foul trouble throughout. Though she came off the bench to thwart a pair of Mystics rallies. Twice when Washington cut its difference to single digits, DeForge hit late threes to maintain the double-figure lead.
  • Indiana plays at Los Angeles on Thursday, July 5.