Fever Bested By Mystics To Close Homestand

STAR OF THE GAME
TAN WHITE
White led all Fever scorers with 18 points, including three 3’s, while shooting 7-of-13 from the floor.
UNSUNG HERO
TAMIKA CATCHINGS
Catchings stuffed the stat sheet, finishing with 17 points, six rebounds, six assists and six steals.
QUOTABLE
BRIAN WINTERS
In general:
“We played poorly against their zone. Washington kept changing up defenses and we didn’t adjust. Obviously, we did not play well. We had too many turnovers. This was a difficult loss but we must move on.”

“I can’t explain tonight’s game. We only scored 24 points at halftime. I’m not thinking of the playoffs right now; I’m only thinking of Chicago tomorrow. We must take care of our own business – we didn’t tonight.”

TAMIKA CATCHINGS
On clinching a playoff berth:
“It is nice to have it. Clinching this early is huge for this franchise. We have always had to wait until the end to see if we got in. We had a huge transition of players in the off season. So it’s nice to see us get in this early.”

HIDDEN NUMBERS
Points in the paint:
Mystics 28, Fever 24
Second-chance points:
Mystics 8, Fever 7
Fast-break points:
Mystics 4, Fever 11
Points off turnovers:
Mystics 21, Fever 32
Starters scoring:
Mystics 50, Fever 41
Bench scoring:
Mystics 24, Fever 26
GAME REPORT
Mystics 74, Fever 67
July 29, 2006 at Conseco Fieldhouse (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Box Score | WNBA Recap

Team Record 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Washington 14-13 20 17 19 18 74
at Indiana 16-10 10 14 18 25 67

INDIANAPOLIS – Alana Beard scored a game-high 21 points in leading the visiting Washington Mystics to a 74-67 victory over the Fever in Conseco Fieldhouse Saturday night. Despite the loss, Indiana clinched a berth in the 2006 WNBA Playoffs after New York knocked off Charlotte earlier in the evening.

The Fever went 3-2 during a five-game homestand, its longest of the season.

Tan White led Indiana offensively with 18 points, including three 3’s, on 7-of-13 shooting off the Fever’s bench. Tamika Catchings finished with 17 points, six rebounds, six assists and six steals. Catchings’ six steals Saturday was just one off her season high.

Beard’s 21 points came on 9-of-14 shooting, including 2-of-6 from 3-point range. DeLisha Milton-Jones added 19 points in the game, while Coco Miller chipped in with 12 off the bench for Washington.

With the score tied midway through the first quarter, Washington went on a 10-0 run to take its first double digit lead of the game. Miller’s 3-pointer against the shot clock gave the Mystics a 20-10 advantage with 18.2 seconds left in the first.

The Mystics would maintain its double-figure advantage for most of the second quarter. After a pair of buckets from White pulled Indiana to within six, Washington scored seven unanswered to extend its lead to 27-14. Down eight, the Fever was outscored 7-2 in the final 2:39 of the second quarter before trailing 37-24 at the half.

Trailing by 19 late in the third quarter, Linda Frohlich hit a jumper from the right wing before White’s 3-pointer pulled Indiana to within 14 at 54-40. Following a pair of free throws by Miller, Catchings’ one-handed put-back with 1.8 seconds remaining in the third kept Indiana’s deficit at 14. Milton-Jones had 11 third quarter points for Washington.

Indiana used a 9-1 run to open the fourth quarter in cutting Washington’s lead down to just six. The Mystics responded with five unanswered points to go back in front by double digits. Beard hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key before Milton-Jones knocked down a fade-away jumper, giving Washington a 62-51 lead.

The Fever cut the Mystics’ lead back down to eight on a Bevilaqua fast-break lay-up with 4:09 left in regulation. Beard then hit another 3-pointer from the top of the key to give Washington a 66-54 lead.


Notes:
  • By virtue of New York's win at Charlotte tonight, the Fever has clinched the third playoff berth in franchise history and the second in a row.
  • Tonight's game is the Mystics' first win at Conseco Fieldhouse since 5/23/04 and it is just their fourth all-time (4-8) on the Fever's home floor.
  • With her 18 points, Tan White led the Fever in scoring for the fourth time this season.
  • Tamika Whitmore's eight points tonight gives her 406 on the season, tying her best season ever in the NBA. Including her two tonight, she has tied her most steals ever in one season with 35.
  • Tamika Catchings had a game-high six steals tonight, giving her a league-high 66 on the season. She has averaged 5.3 spg in the last four games.
  • The Fever has now fielded the same starting lineup in 20 straight games, the most ever for Indiana.
  • In four minutes, Kasha Terry scored four points and collected two rebounds, tying her most rebounds this season.
  • The Fever scored a season-high 32 points off Washington's 24 turnovers. Indiana had 20 points on 16 second-half turnovers by Washington.
  • Indiana's 22 turnovers tied a season-high and the Mystics' 21 points off those errors are the most by a Fever opponent since Seattle scored 22 points off turnovers, 6/11/06.
  • Led by Tan White's 18 points, the Fever bench outscored the Mystics' reserves, 26-24, and that is just the third time in the last 10 games that the bench has outscored its counterparts.
  • With 11, the Fever scored 10+ fast-break points for just the second time in the last 10 games and the 10th time in 2006.
  • Tonight's win is Washington's fourth in its last six road games and its fifth road win overall.
  • The Fever's 18 assists tonight are its most since having 20 at Washington, 6/27. It is just the sixth game with 18+ assists this season.


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