Bobbitt's Last-Second Runner Lifts Fever to Second Road Win In As Many Nights
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Catchings had 16 points to lead four Fever scorers in double figures. She added team highs of nine rebounds and five assists while shooting 6-of-12 from the floor with a pair of 3-pointers.
Jessica Davenport and Tammy Sutton-Brown|
Indiana's low-post duo combined for 22 points and six rebounds in the win with Sutton-Brown and Davenport each shooting 5-of-7 from the floor. Davenport came off the bench to contribute four blocked shots and her 15-foot jumper knotted the score in the final minute.
“We’re thrilled to bits to get out of here with a victory, especially on a back-to-back. We had some turnovers, I thought that hurt us, but that was their defensive pressure. [The Mystics] are just that good. I know they’re heart-broken, as they should be. Tonight, we made the bucket when we needed it.”
A key to the win:
“The very first thing is our bench. I think we get great help from the bench. I feel like we’re getting quality help from our bench and I think that’s been a real factor for us all along. I thought we did a pretty good job getting nine people with double-figure minutes.”
Points in the paint:
Fever 28, Mystics 30
Fever 3, Mystics 11
Fever 5, Mystics 7
Points off turnovers:
Fever 11, Mystics 18
Fever 48, Mystics 52
Fever 13, Mystics 7
By Associated Press
WASHINGTON -- Shannon Bobbitt made a floating layup at the buzzer to give the Indiana Fever a 61-59 victory over the Washington Mystics on Friday night.
Tamika Catchings led Indiana (13-6) with 16 points, as the Fever won their third straight and swept a two-game, two-day road trip.
Matee Ajavon led Washington (3-14) with 19 points, but missed a 17-foot fadeaway jumper with 18 seconds left that would've given the Mystics the lead.
Katie Douglas won an ensuing jump ball after a tie-up, and then after a timeout, Bobbitt took the inbounds pass, faked a pass as she drove the lane and hit a relatively uncontested shot as time expired.
Crystal Langhorne added 17 points for the Mystics, who lost their fourth straight and ninth in 10 games.
Postgame Notes: Indiana beat an Eastern Conference rival on the road for the second straight night to run its record to an East-leading 13-6. The Fever moved 1 1/2 games over Connecticut and 2 games ahead of New York atop the Eastern Conference standings.
Indiana concludes a stretch of three games in four days when the Fever returns to Indianapolis to host the L.A. Sparks on Sunday (6:00 p.m.).
Indianapolis native Katie Douglas returned to the Fever lineup after missing Thursday's game with a stomach virus. She finished the game with 10 points, five rebounds and a pair of steals.
One night after registering a career-high with 13 points and becoming the 11th Fever player this season to score in double figures, Bobbitt put up just one shot and finished with just two points. That bucket came as time expired, on a driving runner through the lane, for the game's final margin.
When the Fever returns to Conseco Fieldhouse on Sunday, July 31, fans have the opportunity to purchase a uniquely designed bobblehead doll in the likeness of All-Star Tamika Catchings! Exclusive tickets begin at $24 and include the bobblehead doll and your game ticket to see the Fever and the Los Angeles Sparks. Tickets for the Fever Bobblehead Night are on sale now and will be available until tipoff. This limited offer is on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets for this offer may only be purchased online at FeverBasketball.com. A Katie Douglas bobblehead doll will be available for the Aug. 13 game against the New York Liberty.
adidas and the Indiana Fever have introduced adidas Basketball Team Nights for youth basketball players. Throughout the 2011 season at select games, adidas and the Fever invite any fan under age 18 to wear their basketball team or camp apparel. Those who do will receive a free adidas Basketball t-shirt. No purchase is necessary. Upcoming adidas Basketball Team Nights are Sunday, July 31 at 6:00 p.m. vs. Los Angeles Sparks; Saturday, Aug. 13 at 7:00 p.m. vs. New York Liberty; Saturday, Aug. 27 at 7:00 p.m. vs. Atlanta Dream; and Sunday, Sept. 11 at 5:00 p.m. vs. Atlanta Dream.