Indiana Fever took on the Washington Mystics not only without the concussed January and Zellous, but also Katie Douglas. That meant that Jeanette Pohlen had to play all 40 minutes on the wing because there was only one wing remaining on the bench – Karima Christmas. Erin Phillips led the team with 19 points on 6 from 18 shooting. Tamika Catchings played only half of the game (20:45).
Despite having everyone outside of Taurasi and Taylor back, the Phoenix Mercury were still helpless against the defending WNBA champions Minnesota Lynx. Taj McWilliams-Franklin was given a game off before the playoffs. Erin Thorn, who thus far has been used sparsely, lit up the thing Phoenix calls defense with 5 from 8 shooting behind the arc. Maya Moore was the game’s leading scorer with 21 points.
Lauren Jackson reached 6000 point mark in Seattle’s win against San Antonio. LJ herself wasn’t aware of such milestone. Her reaction to crowd’s cheering: “I was like, ‘Damn, that must have been a really nice layup.’” (via Seattle Times) Seattle led by as much as 21, San Antonio reduced the deficit to five points, but they were unable to do more in this overall meaningless game.
Indiana Fever – Washington Mystics 66-53
Fever: Phillips 19, Davenport 14, Catchings 9
Mystics: Currie 16, Thomas 11, Castro Marques 9
Minnesota Lynx – Phoenix Mercury 89-66
Lynx: Moore 21, Thorn 17, Augustus 16, Whalen 13
Mercury: Bonner 17, Prahalis 14, Dupree 8
San Antonio Silver Stars – Seattle Storm 75-84
Silver Stars: Adams 16 (10 reb), Young 12 (11 reb), Hammon 11, Christon 10
Storm: Smith 16, Wauters 14 (13 reb), Little 12, Bird 12, Jackson 11