The Indiana Fever might need to find a replacement for injured guard Katie Douglas, but they've been getting plenty of bench production. The Washington Mystics haven't received that boost while dealing with injury woes all season.
The Fever look to salvage the finale of their three-game trip Tuesday night when the Mystics try to avoid their first four-game losing streak since 2008.
Averaging a team-high 19.2 points heading into Sunday's game, Douglas suffered a lower back contusion with 1:40 left in the first quarter and did not return to the 93-89 overtime loss at Phoenix.
The Fever (3-3), who lost 68-54 at Seattle on Friday, were outscored by 12 in the final 11 minutes of regulation Sunday.
"I'm really disappointed we didn't win this ball game," said coach Lin Dunn. "I thought if anything we gave it away. I thought we gave it away with bad decisions down the stretch. ... I really thought that we did all the things that we needed to do with Katie Douglas being hurt. I thought at the end of the night we just shot ourselves in the foot and gave the game away."
Douglas is listed as day-to-day after X-rays came back negative.
If Douglas can't go, Dunn will likely give plenty of minutes to rookie Jeanette Pohlen, who hit all five of her 3-point attempts Sunday and scored a season-high 17 points. She is 9 for 15 from long range.
The Fever have also been getting great production from backup center Jessica Davenport. The veteran is averaging a career-best 10.2 points after scoring a career-high 20 on Sunday when Indiana had a franchise-record 52 bench points.
The Fever's reserves are averaging 32.3 points in the last four contests.
The Mystics (1-4) have 53 bench points all season.
Injuries to Monique Currie (torn ACL), Alana Beard (sprained left foot) and rookie center Ta'Shia Phillips (ankle tendon injury) have put more pressure on the team's starters, all of whom are averaging at least 27 minutes.
All five starters logged more than 28 minutes in Saturday's 77-59 loss at Tulsa. Washington is off to its worst start since opening 0-8 in 2007.
The Mystics begin a three-game homestand by trying to avoid their first four-game skid since ending the 2008 season with nine consecutive losses.
Beard remains day-to-day, while Phillips is expected to play after scoring two points in six minutes Saturday in her return from a three-game absence.
Mystics All-Star forward Crystal Langhorne averaged 14.3 points and 10.5 rebounds as Washington went 3-1 against Indiana last season. The Mystics had gone 0-6 against the Fever in 2009, including two losses in the Eastern Conference semifinals.