Washington Ends Indiana’s Win Streak

STAR OF THE GAME
Ebony Hoffman
Hoffman led the team with 16 points and nine rebounds including five on the offensive end.
UNSUNG HERO
Tammy Sutton-Brown
Sutton-Brown tied a career-high with six blocked shots in addition to her nine points and six boards, but couldn't hit the game-tying layup in the game's closing moments.
QUOTABLE
Lin Dunn
In General:
“It’s going to be hard to win games when we only score 48 points… I thought their offensive rebounds and second-chance points were key factors. Those stats are going to keep me awake all night.”

Ebony Hoffman
On Washington's Second Half Play:
“They made us turn the ball over and they got to the boards. Taj [McWilliams-Franklin] , [Monique] Currie and [Alana] Beard all went to the boards hard. That was the difference. Every game in this league is important and this is a game we should have won.”

HIDDEN NUMBERS
Points in the paint:
Fever 20, Mystics 30
Second-chance points:
Fever 8, Mystics 14
Fast-break points:
Fever 2, Mystics 2
Points off turnovers:
Fever 15, Mystics 23
Starters scoring:
Fever 38, Mystics 41
Bench scoring:
Fever 10, Mystics 9
GAME REPORT
Mystics 50, Fever 48
July 8, 2008 at Verizon Center (Washington, DC)
Box Score | WNBA Recap

Team Record 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Indiana 9-9 13 16 11 8 48
at Washington 7-11 8 6 16 20 50

WASHINGTON (AP)-Taj McWilliams-Franklin scored 12 of her 20 points in the fourth quarter to help the Washington Mystics rally for a 50-48 victory over the Indiana Fever on Tuesday night.

The Fever and Mystics, the lowest scoring team in the WNBA coming into the game, combined for the lowest-scoring game in the league this season.

Washington snapped a three-game losing streak, while Indiana's three-game winning streak ended.

Ebony Hoffman led the Fever with 16 points.

The Mystics outscored Indiana 20-8 in the fourth quarter. The Mystics trailed 40-30 after the third period and held the Fever to three baskets. Washington scored nine points off five Indiana turnovers in the final quarter.

McWilliams-Franklin scored Washington's final two baskets on putbacks. She broke a 46-46 tie on her follow-up with 2:15 left.

McWilliams-Franklin made it 50-46 on her basket with 1:01 left. Indiana's Katie Douglas sliced the lead to two on a lay-up with 45.9 seconds to go, but Tammy Sutton-Brown missed a short shot with 4.9 seconds left to let the Mystics hold on.

Indiana dominated most of the game, holding the Mystics to their lowest scoring half of the season en route to a 29-14 lead at the break.

Washington made only seven baskets in the first half and committed 13 turnovers.

The Mystics led the league in three-point shooting entering the game, but made 1-for-12 against Indiana. Monique Currie's 3 gave them a 46-43 lead with 3:14 left, their first lead in the second half.


  • The Fever's 48 points is its lowest regular season scoring total since a 66-45 loss to the Minnesota Lynx on July 19, 2005. It's the Fever's lowest overall scoring output since a 55-40 loss to the Detroit Shock in the 2005 playoffs.
  • Indiana had won its past five games against Washington.
  • Tammy Sutton-Brown's six blocked shots tied her career-high and set a Fever franchise record.