Emma Meesseman and LaToya Sanders both put on a phenomenal performance for the Washington Mystics as they defeated the Indiana Fever in a Friday game 68-50, ending Indiana’s dreams of a six-game winning streak.
Meesseman led Washington with 14 points and had a career-high 13 rebounds. The 6’4 center was followed closely behind by Sanders, who came off the bench scoring 14 points, matching her career high, and 10 rebounds.
While the lead traded hands in the first half, it was all Mystics after halftime. Washington held a 34-29 lead at intermission, but blew the game open in the third quarter, limiting Indiana to a single 3-point field goal and three free throws. It was the Fever’s lowest-scoring quarter of the season, outscored 23-6 as the Mystics took a 22-point advantage into the fourth quarter.
Guard Marissa Coleman was the leading scorer for the Fever with 11 points. Also, Lynetta Kizer, another University of Maryland alumna, contributed 10 points and eight rebounds.
Unfortunately, ten-time WNBA All-Star Tamika Catchings, who scored 11 points against Tulsa this past Wednesday, did not have that same rhythm going this game. Catchings went 0-7 from the floor and ended the game with just 2 points from an early pair of free throws.
Indiana, averaging 79 points per game, was limited to 18-of-57 shooting (31 percent) while scoring its fewest points since a 50-48 defeat seven years ago on the same floor, falling 50-48 to the Mystics, July 8, 2008. Adding to the Mystics’ command was a 43-34 rebounding edge.
The Fever continues a three-game road trip Saturday at Connecticut, then Tuesday at San Antonio.
While the Mystics, who are now 4-3 at home, meet back up with the Connecticut Sun Sunday evening. The two teams have not played since the very first game of the season in which Washington won 73-68.