WASHINGTON (AP) - Shannon Bobbitt made a floating layup at the buzzer to give the Indiana Fever a 61-59 victory over the Washington Mystics on Friday night.
Tamika Catchings led Indiana (13-6) with 16 points, as the Fever won their third straight and swept a two-game, two-day road trip.
``One of the things we said we wanted to focus on was winning the first two games,' after the All-Star break, said Catchings, who added nine rebounds and five assists. ``I think our intensity the last two games has just been really high.'
Matee Ajavon led Washington (3-14) with 19 points, but missed a 17-foot fadeaway jumper with 18 seconds left that would've given the Mystics the lead.
Katie Douglas won an ensuing jump ball after a tie-up, and then after a timeout, Bobbitt took the inbounds pass, faked a pass as she drove the lane and hit a relatively uncontested shot as time expired for her only points of the contest.
``We tried to keep it out of the hands of the major players, and we did that,' said Ajavon, who gave Washington its first lead, 56-55, on a layup with 6:31 left. ``We got the ball in Shannon's hands. We tried to make her take a tough shot, and she just made it.'
Crystal Langhorne added 17 points for the Mystics, who lost their fourth straight and ninth in 10 games while seeing their late-game struggles continue. The Mystics have lost their last three by a combined 12 points.
It was nearly different this time. Ajavon followed her first go-ahead basket with jumper over Jeannette Pohlen two minutes later, and followed that with a foul shot to make it 59-57.
But Jessica Davenport hit a foul-line jumper off Catchings' feed to tie it with 1:38 to play, before Bobbitt's shot decided the contest.
``Our schedule is going to test us,' said Douglas, who missed Thursday's 69-58 win at Connecticut with remnants of a stomach bug. ``Anytime you can get a win on the road and string two together on back-to-backs, it's a good trip.'
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