Fever-Mystics Preview

A five-game winning streak has turned around the Indiana Fever’s season and extending it in the nation’s capital would make it their longest in four years.

The Fever look to continue their road success over the Washington Mystics on Friday night in the first matchup at the Verizon Center since last year’s decisive playoff meeting.

Indiana (8-6) dropped six of its first nine games before reeling off five wins in a row, including a 73-50 home victory over Washington (6-6) on July 2.

The Fever won seven straight from June 21-July 13, 2011, and they moved closer to matching that run with Wednesday’s 83-80 victory over Tulsa.

Tamika Catchings, who turns 36 later this month, had 11 points and 11 rebounds, giving her 3,022 career boards to move into third all-time behind Tina Thompson (3,070) and Lisa Leslie (3,307). She’s also 24 points shy of tying Diana Taurasi for second in WNBA history.

Catchings had 26 points and 11 rebounds in an 81-76 overtime win at Washington on Aug. 23 that completed a sweep of the best-of-five Eastern Conference semifinals.

Indiana has won four of the last five regular season games there, winning both last year by three-point margins while Catchings was out with a back injury.

She scored 15 points against the Mystics earlier this month after being limited to five in an 87-75 loss June 20.

Shavonte Zellous scored a season-high 16 points Wednesday in her return after missing eight games with a back injury. She had eight points while missing nine of 12 from the floor at Washington in Game 2.

The Mystics have been outscored by an average of 18.0 points during a three-game slide, which started with the loss at Indiana on July 2. They shot 32.9 percent from the floor in Wednesday’s 85-57 loss at Chicago.

Stefanie Dolson had 15 points and 10 rebounds Wednesday after scoring a season-high 22 with 13 boards and six assists in a 79-76 overtime loss to New York on July 9.

The center has hit her averages against Indiana this year, scoring 12 points in each meeting while grabbing 15 rebounds.

Kara Lawson has totaled 13 points on 4-of-17 shooting in two games against the Fever this season after scoring 20 in the finale of their playoff series in 2014. The veteran guard is coming off her worst performance of the year, scoring two points on 1-of-6 shooting against the Sky.