The Minnesota Lynx lead the WNBA’s Western Conference, with a winning percentage hovering around .800. The Indiana Fever reside at the bottom of the East, having lost more than two-thirds of their games this season. With just under five minutes remaining in the opening quarter, Fever guard Jazmon Gwathmey hit a pair of free throws to cut Minnesota’s lead to 22-9.
The Washington Mystics will try to complete a four-game season sweep over the Indiana Fever when the teams meet for the final time of the regular season Sunday evening in Indianapolis. Washington (16-12) has won its first three matchups with the Fever by a combined total of 52 points, or an average of 17.3 points per game. The Mystics are in contention to make the playoffs for the fourth time in the past five seasons and cannot afford to stumble down the stretch.
Emma Meesseman scored 21 points and Kristi Toliver had 12 of her 18 points in the fourth quarter to help the Washington Mystics beat the Indiana Fever 87-82 on Sunday night to clinch a playoff spot. Tierra Ruffin-Pratt also scored 18 points, Ivory Latta added 10 and Krystal Thomas had nine points and 11 rebounds for Washington (17-12). After Marissa Coleman hit a 3-pointer to cap a 19-6 run that gave Indiana (9-21) its first lead of the second half, Toliver answered with a 3 of her own to give the Mystics a 67-66 lead with 6:24 remaining.