Catchings, Fever beat Mystics 65-52
WASHINGTON (AP) — Tamika Catchings scored 23 points and had 10 rebounds as the surging Indiana Fever swept the home-and-away series from the Washington Mystics with a 65-52 win on Sunday.
Shavonte Zellous scored 12 points for the Fever, who have won six of seven games since rebounding from a seven-game losing streak. The defending WNBA champions opened a double-figure lead in the second quarter and only briefly let the margin slip back into single digits.
The Fever closed the first half on 12-1 run, including the final seven points, and Zellous opened the third quarter with two free throws for a 32-16 lead. Catchings’ free throws later in the quarter capped an 8-0 spurt and Indiana led 49-36 entering the fourth quarter.
Monique Currie had 15 points for the Mystics (8-9), who scored their fewest points this season. Crystal Langhorne, Washington’s leading scorer, did not score and only played sporadically in the second half.
In other matches, the Minnesota Lynx had a 82-77 win over the Mercury and the Tulsa Shock beat the Atlanta Dream 90-63.
At Phoenix, Maya Moore hit a 3-pointer, stole an inbounds pass and made a layup in the final minute to lift Minnesota to its sixth straight victory.
Rebecca Brunson had 18 points and 13 rebounds and Seimone Augustus 15 points for the Lynx, who have won eight of their last nine.
Diana Taurasi had 26 points, six rebounds and six assists for the Mercury, who led much of the game, and had a 64-59 advantage going into the final period and a 74-73 lead with 1:35 left.
At Tulsa, Glory Johnson had 24 points and 10 rebounds and Liz Cambage added 23 points and 15 rebounds as the Lynx extended their winning streak to three games. Atlanta lost its fourth straight game after having won six in a row.
Johnson and Cambage scored 11 points each and combined for 13 rebounds in helping Tulsa take a 44-35 lead at halftime. The Shock extended their lead to 71-50 entering the final quarter and Atlanta got no closer than 16 points the rest of the way.