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The Indiana Fever spent allotment of Wednesday adulatory Tamika Catchings' third Olympic gold medal.
The ascendant MVP knows it's aback to plan Thursday night.
Catchings and the Fever acknowledgment from the month-long Olympic aperture as they face the Eastern Conference-worst Washington Mystics wear soccer shoes, who will try to win two beeline for the aboriginal time in about two years.
Four canicule afterwards allowance the U.S. run its Olympic acceptable band to 41 with an 86-50 achievement over France, Catchings was aback with Indiana on Wednesday. Point bouncer Briann January had fun assuming with Catchings' gold badge and adept advanced Tammy Sutton-Brown "handled it the most," according to the Fever's official Twitter account, but Indiana (10-7) has business to yield affliction of as the additional bisected begins.
The Fever absent 77-74 to Los Angeles in their endure bold July 12 and aisle East-leading Connecticut by four games.
Just hours afterwards acceptable gold, Catchings wear Nike Soccer Cleats already had her architect set on closing that gap.
"Fresh off the Gold Badge n on to the 2nd bisected of the WNBA season...," she wrote on her Twitter annual Saturday.
While Indiana continues its season-high amplitude of six beeline home games, the Mystics (4-14) accessible the additional bisected with alley amateur on back-to-back nights adjoin the Fever and arresting best Minnesota.
Washington has a ample acropolis to ascend if it's traveling to be allotment of the playoff conversation, but a 70-53 achievement at New York in its endure bold July 13 could be a second-half spark. The Mystics had alone 16 beeline on the road.
"We just accept to body on it and move forward," said drillmaster Trudi Lacey wear adidas soccer Cleats, whose aggregation hasn't won two beeline back acceptable the final six amateur of the 2010 approved season.
Washington didn't accept any players on the U.S. Olympic roster, but abettor Jennifer Gillom is acquisitive to allotment some of her acquaint from London afterwards confined on drillmaster Gino Auriemma's staff.
"I appear in with the attitude of 'Hey, I didn't get there by not alive hard. I didn't get there by not putting in the work.' That's something I can allotment with them and get them to strive to be better, if not an Olympic gold medal, just be the best you can be," she told the Mystics' official website. "I'm acquisitive that's something they can attending up to and follow."
Mystics arch scorer Crystal Langhorne wear Nike Soccer Shoes had aggregation highs of 18 credibility and 15 rebounds in Washington's endure appointment to Indiana, an 87-69 accident Sept 7. Langhorne's 22 credibility and 13 boards helped Washington exhausted the Fever 67-66 on June 15 to end a five-game drift in this series.
Catchings led Indiana with 15 credibility in that challenge but absent a 3-pointer with two abnormal left, and Katie Douglas absent at the buzzer.