Physical Indiana Fever Hand Washington Mystics Its First Home Loss In Five Games 73-62
Mystics guard Tierra Ruffin Pratt led the Mystics with 17 points
It's becoming very clear that if the Washington Mystics (13-9)are realistically a threat to come out the Eastern Conference, they will have to deal with the Indian Fever (13-9). After the loss Tuesday night in which the Fever "bullied" the Mystics as said by Mystics Coach Mike Thibault, for 2 1/2 quarters, its obvious the Mystics have a ways to go before they're ready to make that leap. After a back and forth hard fought defensive battle in the first half in which the Fever held on to a 32-31 halftime lead, the Fever turned up the intensity in third quarter. Holding a 36-35 lead with a little under 8 minutes to go in the third, the Fever blew the game open, scoring 16 of he next 18 points to take a 52-37 lead. The Mystics would close the gap to 54-46 thanks to timely shots by guards Tierra Ruffin Pratt (T.C. Williams Alum) and Taylor Hill, however the living legend for the Fever Tamika Catchings would show why she is one of the best to ever lace them up. Catchings would score 10 of her 20 points in the fourth quarter to finish off the Mystics and push the Fever to its fifth win in sixth games. Mystics guard Tierra Ruffin-Pratt led the Mystics with 17 points (8-12 FG) and 3 rebounds while Ivory Latta and Taylor Hill finished with 13 and 12 points respectively. The Fever were paced by Catchings 20 points (9-18 FG), 6 rebounds and 4 assist, St Johns and Maryland standout Marissa Coleman 11 points and Shenise Johnson (4-5 FG) 11 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assist. With the win the Fever now move into second place in the East while the Mystics fall to third. Things won't get easier as the Mystics will host West contender Minnesota Lynx Sunday at 4pm.
Taylor Hill was a bright spot off the bench for the Mystics with 12 points
Tamika Catchings proved once again why she is one of the greatest to play taking over the game late to finish off the Mystics.
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