WNBA Preseason: Indiana (80) – Washington (81)

Another WNBA Preseason game decided on the last seconds, as Kayla Thornton‘s two free-throws with 0.8 seconds remaining on the clock awarded the win to the Mystics, beating the Fever for the second time in two days. The Washington Mystics again used a deep rotation with 13 players stepping onto the court, though were led primarily by Tianna Hawkins (18 points) and Jelena Milovanovic (15 points). This time, Monique Currie, Kara Lawson and Ivory Latta had a bad shooting night, so they had a slow start to the game. However, their bench, led by Serbian forward Milovanovic, outscored the Fever bench 50-28, and thus helped the team take the game home again.

On the Indiana Fever side, they changed their lineup by introducing Layshia Clarendon instead of Jasmine Hassell, and this looked a good move at the beginning of the game, as Clarendon scored 13 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 5 assists. However, the Fever were again led by Marissa Coleman (21 points and 6 rebounds) and rookie Natasha Howard (11 points and 7 rebounds), with the latter being productive at the center position. Actually, she is proving everyone that in this team, she can play the 3-4-5 position, which few players can provide nowadays. With regards to the rest of the team, only Lynetta Kizer had a good game, with 12 points and 6 rebounds, showing that she can be an interior energizer for this team off the bench.

After these two games, I would predict that Victoria Macaulay and Jaterra Bonds will be cut by the Fever, and that the Mystics will do the same with Thornton, Burke, Mathies and Spanou.

Recap video: http://www.wnba.com/video/wnba/2014/05/07/20140507WNBAINDWASV1HLFINmp4-3262599 

INDIANA FEVER (80)
POS MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A +/- OFF DEF TOT AST PF ST TO BS BA PTS
M. Coleman G-F 22:37 6-11 3-5 6-6 +16 0 6 6 1 0 2 1 1 0 21
K. Christmas G-F 20:26 1-4 0-3 1-2 +2 1 1 2 1 4 0 0 0 0 3
N. Howard F 21:41 4-9 0-0 3-3 +16 5 2 7 2 2 1 1 1 0 11
L. Clarendon G 24:53 5-8 1-1 2-2 +10 0 4 4 5 1 1 2 0 0 13
B. January G 19:32 1-5 0-2 2-2 +15 0 1 1 0 3 0 0 0 0 4
J. Hassell 09:42 0-3 0-0 0-0 -3 2 1 3 0 4 0 1 0 0 0
V. Macaulay 14:06 0-2 0-0 0-0 -17 3 3 6 0 2 1 3 2 0 0
H. Palmer 16:57 3-4 0-0 0-0 -7 0 1 1 1 2 1 2 0 0 6
L. Kizer 18:06 5-10 0-0 2-3 -15 5 1 6 0 5 0 3 0 0 12
J. Bonds 17:47 2-5 0-1 1-1 -18 0 3 3 1 3 0 3 0 0 5
Z. Morrison 14:14 2-5 0-0 1-2 -4 0 2 2 1 2 0 0 0 0 5
WASHINGTON MYSTICS (81)
POS MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A +/- OFF DEF TOT AST PF ST TO BS BA PTS
M. Currie F 18:17 0-3 0-1 1-2 -20 0 3 3 3 1 1 1 0 1 1
T. Hawkins F 18:44 6-7 0-0 6-7 -10 3 1 4 0 3 0 3 0 1 18
S. Dolson C 15:49 1-1 0-0 2-3 -8 1 0 1 4 5 0 1 0 0 4
K. Lawson G 18:16 1-7 1-4 0-0 -8 0 0 0 2 1 1 0 0 1 3
I. Latta G 13:33 2-5 1-4 0-0 -23 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 5
K. Thornton 18:40 3-9 0-2 2-2 +7 3 3 6 0 5 0 0 0 1 8
J. Milovanovic 16:40 5-9 2-3 3-3 +17 0 1 1 0 2 2 0 0 0 15
T. Ruffin-Pratt 21:43 1-2 0-1 3-4 +21 0 4 4 0 0 0 1 0 0 5
B. Hartley 13:23 1-4 1-3 2-2 -5 0 2 2 0 2 0 3 0 0 5
N. McKenith 18:06 0-3 0-1 3-4 +18 0 2 2 4 2 3 2 0 0 3
A. Spanou 05:47 2-2 0-0 0-0 -2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 4
A. Mathies 16:42 3-6 0-1 2-4 +20 0 0 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 8
K. Burke 04:20 1-2 0-0 0-0 -2 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
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