Phillips leads Fever past Mystics
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Erin Phillips exploded for a season-high 19 points and Jessica Davenport chipped in 14 and grabbed nine rebounds Friday, leading the Indiana Fever to a 66-53 win over the lowly Washington Mystics at the Verizon Center.
The Fever, owners of the second playoff seed in the Eastern Conference, won for the first time in their last four contests, and now trail the first-place Connecticut Sun by three games.
Tamika Catchings, who heading into the night was the Fever's leader in scoring and rebounding with 17.5 points and 7.6 rebounds per game, contributed nine points, five rebounds and four assists.
Phillips, a career 6.7 points-per-game scorer, connected on six of her team- high 18 shots, going 2-for-5 on threes and 5-for-5 from the foul line.
Monique Currie led the Mystics -- losers of 12 straight -- in scoring, netting 16 points and five rebounds, and Jasmine Thomas contributed 11 points and three rebounds. From behind the arc, Thomas was 3-for-8 on the night.
Though 16 wins separate the two teams, the Mystics came out of the gate fighting, keeping pace with the Fever all through the first half of play and actually leading by five with two minutes left in the first.
After being down three points after one quarter of play, Indiana used a 16-11 scoring advantage in the second quarter to take a two point lead at the half.
The Fever extended their lead to eight, going on a 9-3 run early in the third, to go up 37-29 halfway through the quarter. But the Mystics fought back, getting back to within four on a Thomas three-pointer and free throw from Ashley Robinson.
A 3-pointer from Jeanette Pohlen, however, and two foul shots by Phillips extended the Fever's lead to 10, and at the end of the third they led, 52-40.
That proved to be all the padding Indiana needed, as Washington never climbed back within seven from that point forward.
09/21 21:57:36 ET