Fever ends their three-game losing streak
|STAR OF THE GAME
The rookie point guard came off the bench to score 16 points in 22 minutes. She added instant energy off the bench, shooting 3-for-4 from beyond the arc.
Douglas returned after missing two games with a left ankle sprain to score 12 points and grab eight rebounds.
"It was really good news that five minutes before the game we found out
that K.T. (Katie Douglas) was playing. We played very together. Having
K.T. back helped. Briann (January) came in with lots of energy. She
did a super job on Harding (Lindsey). We had spurts, then Washington
has spurts. We have to do a better job on the offensive boards. Ebony
(Hoffman) and Tully (Bevilaqua) are still struggling with their shots.
We had good energy, effort and toughness going into our last three
On tonight's win:
"It does feel good. It's been an excruciating few games with us not
playing Fever basketball, so if felt good to get back in the win column.
The road is going to be a big test for us. We're going to have to take
these next three games to play better and get into our rhythm."
Points in the paint:
Fever 26, Mystics 24
Fever 13, Mystics 16
Fever 18, Mystics 6
Points off turnovers:
Fever 17, Mystics 10
Fever 51, Mystics 37
Fever 21, Mystics 24
INDIANAPOLIS -- Tamika Catchings scored 20 points and reserve rookie Briann January added 16 and fueled a fourth-quarter surge as the Indiana Fever beat the Washington Mystics 72-61 Sunday.
Tammy Sutton-Brown had 13 points and 11 rebounds and Katie Douglas returned from an ankle injury to score 12 points for the Eastern Conference champion Fever (21-10), who snapped a three-game skid in their regular-season home finale.
Crystal Langhorne scored 13 points, Lindsey Harding 12 and Marissa Coleman 11 for the fifth-place Mystics (15-16).
The Indiana Fever’s attendance at today’s final home game was 9,702. For the 2009 season, Indiana’s final regular season home average of 7,939 is the club’s highest since an average of 8,382 in 2005.
With today's win, Indiana has matched the franchise record for wins in a season with 21 and it has exceeded the team record for home wins in a season with 14. Indiana is 11-1 at home against the Eastern Conference and has lost just three games (16-3) to Eastern Conference competition thus far.
With today's win, the Fever has swept the season series with Washington for the second time in three years and has won 10 of the last 11 games with the Mystics.
With her three steals today, Tamika Catchings has exceeded the 90-steals mark in a season for the fourth time in her career. Catchings and Teresa Weatherspoon are the only players in WNBA history to have collected 90+ steals in one season and Catchings is the only player to have done so more than once.
Catchings' 19th point today gave her 4,000 in her career. She is the 13th player in WNBA history to reach this plateau.
With her three assists today, Catchings has dealt 100 on the season. She has had 100+ assists in seven of her nine seasons, but just once in the last three seasons.
Hoffman's two steals today gave her a career-high 50 on the season and she joins Tamika Catchings, Tully Bevilaqua, Katie Douglas and Rita Williams as the only players in Fever history with 50 steals in a season.
With her 16 points today, Briann January has scored in double figures in a season-high three straight games. Prior to September's three games, January had scored 10+ points just three times in 27 appearances.
January's 16 points featured a career-high three 3-pt FG on four attempts.
With 13 points and 11 rebounds, Tammy Sutton-Brown registered her third double-double of the season.
Sutton-Brown also had four blocked shots, her most since a season-high five vs. Atlanta, 7/2. She has had four or more blocks three times in 2009.
The Fever had 15 steals, including a season-high tying five from Tully Bevilaqua. Bevilaqua has had five steals three times this season.
With four today, Ebony Hoffman led the Fever in assists for the third time this season, and the first time since having a season-high six vs. Chicago, 7/10.
Just one game after scoring a career-high 32 points at Chicago, 9/4, Matee Ajavon was scoreless on 0-10 from the floor for the Mystics today.
The Mystics outrebounded the Fever, 46-37, and Washington's 24 offensive rebounds are the most by any WNBA team this season. The Mystics' 24 offensive rebounds is one off the WNBA all-time single-game record set by the Sacramento Monarchs at Washington, 5/22/07, and tied by Chicago vs. Phoenix, 6/26/08.
Despite outmuscled on the offensive glass, 24-12, the Fever had just three fewer second-chance points, 16-13, than the Mystics.
With 15 steals and 14 turnovers, the Fever had more steals than turnovers for the fifth time this season