Zellous And Bench Lead Huge Road Victory Over Mystics
|STAR OF THE GAME
Forced into 30 minutes of action in part due to injuries, Zellous made the most of the opportunity by lighting up the scoreboard for a season-high 21 points. Zellous shot 7-of-9from the floor, 6-of-7from the free throw stripe. She added three blocked shots and a steal.
January scored 10 first-half points and finished with 18, but most importantly, dished nine assists with just five turnovers.
On bench play and preparation:
“It was our last game on the road trip and we didn’t want to lose. Things hadn't been going my way, but I always try to be ready. I gave it all I had and did everything I could to get us a win. The bench is one of the keys every game. Once we get in and we're able to produce, good things are going to happen. It's important to always be positive, keep your confidence and stay ready. That's what I try to do every night.”
Points in the paint:
Fever 34, Mystics 30
Fever 6, Mystics 16
Fever 6, Mystics 15
Points off turnovers:
Fever 17, Mystics 19
Fever 37, Mystics 61
Fever 52, Mystics 19
WASHINGTON — Reserve guard Shavonte Zellous scored a season-high 21 points and the Indiana Fever held off the Washington Mystics 89-80 on Tuesday night.
Jessica Davenport and Briann January added 18 apiece to help the Fever (4-3) salvage the final contest of a three-game road trip that saw them criss-cross the country from Seattle to Phoenix to Washington in five days. Tamika Catchings contributed 15 points in the win.
Zellous, who entered the game having scored just seven points the first six games, shot 7 for 9 from the field to lead a bench that matched a franchise record for a second straight game with 52 points.
Crystal Langhorne scored 23 points and Matee Ajavon added 17 for Washington (1-5), which lost its fourth straight.
Leading by three at halftime, Indiana scored the first nine points of the second half and was up 14 after the break. The Mystics rallied but got no closer than three points.
Postgame Notes: Indiana hosts six of its next seven games in Indianapolis, returning to Conseco Fieldhouse on Saturday night to host the Connecticut Sun (7:00 p.m.) on Go Green Night presented by WISH-TV's Indy Style. The first 2,000 fans will receive a special Go Green water bottle courtesy of WISH-TV's Indy Style.
For the second straight game, Indiana's bench scored a franchise-record 52 points.
Shavonte Zellous (21) and Briann January (18) were the third and fourth Fever players to record season scoring highs in the past two games. Zellous became the eighth Fever player to score in double figures in just seven games this season.
Entering Tuesday night's game, Zellous had seen 28 minutes of action, with 7 points. Against the Mystics, she played 29 minutes and finished with 21 points.
Shannon Bobbitt made her first start in a Fever uniform, replacing veteran guard Katie Douglas who missed her first game in two seasons with a lower back contusion.
As it did in Phoenix last Sunday, Indiana led by as many as 14 points before watching the lead evaporate in the fourth quarter, but this time held on for the victory.
Counting a 2009 playoff win, Indiana has won six of its last seven road games against the Mystics.