Fever Comeback Falls Short at Washington
|STAR OF THE GAME
After scoring a season-low four points in her last game, Catchings scored seven of the first nine Fever points and led the team with 17 for the game. Catchings also contributed with four rebounds, two assists, two steals and a blocked shot.
Douglas made some key plays for the Fever late in the game, including securing a rebound and being fouled with 1:38 to go and the Fever down three points. Douglas, who had 13 for the game, connected on a three-pointer with 55.8 seconds left to bring the Fever within one point of the Mystics. Douglas also had five assists on the night.
"It was a game so closely contested. I think the unfortunate thing for us was giving them 16 second-chance points. We need to do some of the little things better to win these games, but hey, Katie Smith makes a difference for them. Those five 3s were huge. They're a great team. It was a great, hard-fought game. We had our chances and just didn't knock down some shots when we needed them."
"The loss was definitely disappointing. We came here to take care of business on the boards. We know they're the best rebounding team in the league. We gave up some offensive rebounds and that probably hurt us the most."
Points in the paint:
Fever 22, Mystics 30
Fever 4, Mystics 16
Fever 7, Mystics 5
Points off turnovers:
Fever 15, Mystics 13
Fever 42, Mystics 52
Fever 23, Mystics 16
Washington, DC - Katie Smith scored a season-high 21 points, as the Washington Mystics held off a late surge from the Indiana Fever to post a 68-65 victory at Verizon Center.
Crystal Langhorne added 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Mystics, who have won two in a row and six of seven overall.
Tamika Catchings finished with 17 points for the Fever, who have lost two of three. Katie Douglas donated 13 points and five assists in defeat.
Nakia Sanford's free throw put Washington in front by nine, 64-55, with 4:16 to play in the game. Indiana, though, responded with a 10-2 run to get within 66-65 on a Douglas trey with 55.8 seconds remaining.
Smith's two free throws with 12.5 seconds left made it a 68-65 contest. Briann January's shot was blocked at the other end, and the Fever never got another shot off the rest of the way.
Washington has won six of its last seven, including five straight at home. Indiana, which had won four of its last five, lost for the second time during its coast-to-coast three-game road trip.
Katie Smith, who also hit 5-of-7 3-point attempts and finished with a game-high 19 points, hit a pair of free throws with 12.5 seconds to play to lift Washington to a 68-65 advantage. After Fever guard Briann January missed a 3-pointer to tie the score, Smith was sent to the line and this time missed both attempts. January again had a shot to tie the score, but was stripped at the 3-point line as the clock expired.
Washington owned a nine-point lead, the gameâ€™s largest, with 4:16 to play, but Indiana scored seven straight points to cut the deficit to two, 64-62, on a Katie Douglas free throw with 1:38 left. Nakia Sanfordâ€™s basket pushed the lead to four, but Douglas answered with a 3-pointer to pull Indiana within one, 66-65, as the clock crept under a minute to play.
Washington scored 11 unanswered points midway through the second quarter to command an eight point lead, 26-18. It was the gameâ€™s largest lead for either team until Matee Ajavon hit a pair of free throws with 4:49 remaining for a 63-55 Mystics advantage.
With 3:31 remaining in the contest, Catchings hit her sixth free throw to become just the sixth player in WNBA history with 1,200 career free throws.