Fever Fall in Closing Minute
In a weekend that started with the defending champs visiting the White House, the Fever had hoped to have a different outcome to close the weekend. Instead, the Fever, beset by injuries, travel home with a loss to the Mystics that's sure to stick with them, 64-60.
It was a game ripe for the taking. While the Fever found themselves down 20-11 at the end of the first quarter, they fought back to a tie by halftime, 31-31. In the second half, the lead changed hands multiple times, with the Fever up four at the end of the third quarter, 47-43. Neither team led by more than four points in the second half.
The action came down to the final minute. With 36.9 seconds left, Catchings scored on a rebound and put-back to tie the game at 58. But, the Mystics' Crystal Langhorne went to work, making four free throws—the final two with 7.8 seconds left—and the Mystics led by four, 62-58. Catchings hit one more shot with 2.9 seconds left before the Mystics' Ivory Latta was fouled and made two free throws to seal the deal, 64-60.
The Fever's leading scorer this season, Shavonte Zellous, had a Fever game-high with 17 points (6-17 FG). Tamika Catchings had 16 on 7-15 shooting. The Fever were outrebounded 37-29, but turned the ball over just 11 times.
The Fever fall to 1-5 on the season and have dropped five straight games after a season-opening win.
All-Star Katie Douglas (day-to-day) sat out with a bulging disc in her lower back, her fourth straight missed game. Injuries have kept Jessica Davenport, Erin Phillips and Jeanette Pohlen off the court all season.
The Fever's next game is at home against the Chicago Sky on Saturday, June 22 at 7 PM. [ Find Tickets ]