Fever Holds Off Late Mystics Rally for Win

STAR OF THE GAME
TAMIKA CATCHINGS
Catchings was dominant once again, recording her sixth double-double of the season. She scored 10 of her 22 points and grabbed seven of her 11 rebounds in the second half, helping the Fever outscore Washington by 10 in the period.
UNSUNG HERO
NATALIE WILLIAMS
Williams scored a season-high 14 points, including eight in the second half. She added six rebounds and one steal.
QUOTABLE
BRIAN WINTERS
On what adjustments were made at halftime:
“We got down by 12 in the first half. Washington went to a zone (and) we hurried against it. We began to get back into the game just before halftime. We played a zone against them in the second half, which hurt them. We put Tully (Bevilaqua) on (Alana) Beard and that took away their screen-and-roll. Our zone also worked well against Beard.”

On Kelly Miller's foul trouble:
“When she got her fourth foul, I told her she had to play five minutes without picking up another foul. She did and we began getting back into the game. When we went to a zone, that allowed us to protect her (as well).”

On Jurgita Streimikyte:
“She made some big baskets down the stretch. She’s a big player for us. We have a lot of confidence in her.”

TAMIKA CATCHINGS
On the flow of the Fever’s schedule:
“I think we’ve adjusted very well (to playing so many games in so many days). It makes it easy. We don’t want to practice 5 days in a row. We enjoy the games with a day of practice and then a day of preparation for the next team."

On the Fever's level of play in the second half:
“We had a couple of quick baskets at the start of the (second) half. If we play like we played in the second half, we will definitely be in the playoffs. It is so tight in the East. We need to take care of business at home and on the road.”

HIDDEN NUMBERS
Points in the paint:
Mystics 30, Fever 26
Fast-break points:
Mystics 13, Fever 8
Second-chance points:
Fever 7, Mystics 6
Points off turnovers:
Mystics 17, Fever 9
Starters scoring:
Fever 60, Mystics 51
Bench scoring:
Mystics 7, Fever 2
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GAME REPORT
Fever 62, Mystics 58

July 29, 2005 at Conseco Fieldhouse (Indianapolis, Ind.)

INDIANAPOLIS – Tamika Catchings scored 22 points and added 11 rebounds as the Indiana Fever won for the sixth time in eight games Friday night, defeating the Washington Mystics 62-58 at Conseco Fieldhouse.

Indiana (14-8) came back from a 12-point deficit late in the first half, to go up by as many as 11 points, 55-44, on Catchings’ reverse layup with 8:26 to go in the contest. The Mystics (12-12) scored 14 of the next 18 points, however, to climb within 59-58 on Chasity Melvin’s layin with 22.4 seconds remaining.

Catchings made the first of two free throws with 15.9 seconds to play, and Jurgita Streimikyte sealed the victory with two more charity tosses after she rebounded Temeka Johnson’s missed drive to tie the score with 3.9 ticks left.

The Fever raced back from its early deficit to command control early in the second half. Indiana came out of the intermission with a 24-8 run to open the half – including 10 unanswered points after the game was tied at 41.

Natalie Williams scored a season-high 14 points and Kelly Miller added 13 for Indiana, which won at home for the fourth straight time.

The Fever, 10-2 at home overall, increased its cushion in second place of the Eastern Conference to 3.0 games over both the Mystics and the New York Liberty. The Fever owns a commanding 10-2 record against teams in the East, and visits the Liberty on Sunday in New York.

Johnson led a trio of double-digit scorers for the Mystics, scoring 15 points while DeLisha Milton-Jones added 12 and Alana Beard scored 10.

Indiana is 6-2 since the WNBA All-Star Break, holding each of its opponents during those six wins to fewer than 60 points.


FEVER NOTEBOOK
  • Tonight's win is the Fever's sixth in its last eight games. In each of those six wins, the opposition has been held to less than 60 points.
  • Tonight's come back from a 12-point deficit is the Fever's largest of the 2005 season.
  • The Fever is now 10-2 at home season and is 10-2 overall against the East. Against the Eastern Conference, Indiana is 6-0 at home. 10 wins is one short of the Fever's all-time record for home victories set in 2003.
  • Overall, Indiana is 14-8 and is just two wins of its all-time high for wins in a season set in 2003 (16-16).
  • Tonight's win is the Fever's sixth in July (6-3), tying its most ever in July.
  • Tamika Catchings' 22 points and 11 rebounds represents her sixth double-double of the season and her third of the last five games. She is currently tied with Chamique Holdsclaw of the L.A. Sparks for third in the league in double-doubles. She now has 34 double-doubles in her career, tying her with Cheryl Ford and Taj McWilliams-Franklin for eighth on the all-time career list.
  • Natalie Williams' 14 points tonight are a season-high.
  • With 10 tonight, the Fever has had 11 or fewer turnovers in each of the last four games. In the last 10 games, Indiana has averaged just 12.1 turnovers per game.
  • While having three more turnovers than Indiana, the Mystics outscored Indiana, 17-9, points off turnovers. Of those 17 Washington points off turnovers, 11 came off the bench.
  • Kelly Miller's 13 points marks her first game in double figures in the last five games and it is her ninth game of 10+ points on the season.
  • After scoring a team-high eight points in the first half, the Mystics' Alana Beard scored just two points in the second half. Beard scored a season-high 27 points against San Antonio last night in Washington.
  • Ranked third in the WNBA in 3-pt FG (.455) heading into tonight, Laurie Koehn of Washington hit just 1-4 from long range this evening.
  • Despite Washington tying its season-high in rebounds, the Fever outrebounded the Mystics, 35-33, and held a 10-5 edge on the offensive boards.
  • Tully Bevilaqua tied her season-high with a team-leading five assists. She has had five assists three times this season and has led the team in assists four times.
  • Washington's 58 points ties its second-lowest total of the season and it is the team's lowest output in the last 11 games.
  • The Mystics are now 0-4 in the second game of back-to-backs this season.