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Indiana took control for good in a flurry late in the fourth. First, Catchings stole the ball and launched a long pass to Zellous, who tracked the ball down and scored.

On Washington’s next possession, Catchings picked up her fourth steal, and Zellous converted again to give Indiana a 65-57 lead with 2:54 remaining.

Washington led 33-25 at halftime after holding the Fever to 32 percent shooting in the first 20 minutes.

Davenport’s second basket of the third quarter trimmed the deficit to 36-35 and forced the Mystics to call timeout. Washington pushed its lead back to seven, with help from a 3-pointer by Coleman, but the Fever rallied again. A layup by Tammy Sutton-Brown as time expired in the third quarter cut Washington’s lead to 50-49.

Indiana dominated the fourth quarter, making the Fever 2-0 since Phillips took over as the starting point guard.

“It’s a very challenging role, but I’m playing with great players who are helping me out,” Phillips said. “We’re winning and we’re playing well. I’m just happy to contribute in any way I can.”

Phillips is glad one of those great players helping her is Catchings.

“She’s a superstar,” she said. “She’s the best defensive player to play the game.”