WNBA Game Summary - Indiana at Washington
(Saturday, August 23)
Final Score: Indiana 81, Washington 76 (OT)
Washington, DC (SportsNetwork.com) - Tamika Catchings became the all-time leading scorer in WNBA playoff history and the Indiana Fever advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals with an 81-76 overtime win in Game 2 of the semifinals on Saturday against the Washington Mystics.
Catchings scored 26 points with 11 rebounds and passed Lisa Leslie for the most points in postseason history. Leslie, the Los Angeles Sparks great, held the mark with 908 points. Catchings now has 914 points in her playoff career and will look to increase that margin against the winner of the other semifinal between Chicago and Atlanta.
The Fever will be making their fourth consecutive appearance in the conference finals.
Briann January added 13 points, while Marissa Coleman and Karima Christmas contributed 10 in the win.
Kara Lawson deposited a season-high 20 points in a losing effort.
Catchings converted a layup with just over a minute remaining in the fourth to tie the game at 64-64. Ivory Latta knocked down a pair of free throws to put Washington back up on top with 21 seconds left. Coming out of a timeout, January was fouled and calmly made a pair at the line.
January then dug in on the defensive end, contesting a jumper from Latta that was off the mark as the game headed to overtime.
Indiana went up four early in the extra session when Lawson nailed back-to- back 3-pointers for a 74-72 Washington lead. Catchings answered with a triple that helped her pass Leslie, then Erlana Larkins converted a layup to make it a three-point game.
After a couple of empty possessions from the Mystics, Catchings knocked down two free throws with 21 seconds left. She added another set of makes from the line following a Hartley layup to account for the final margin.
08/23 20:20:07 ET