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Ivory Latta has provided a spark during a promising stretch for the Washington Mystics and was at her best in a road win over the Indiana Fever last month.

She'll try to repeat that performance while leading the Mystics to their fifth consecutive regular-season win in Indiana on Thursday night.

Latta's season got off to a rough start, shooting 27.1 percent from the field in her first five games while averaging 10.8 points. However, she has since averaged 17.8 points on 50.0 percent shooting and has knocked down 16 of 29 3-point attempts while helping Washington (6-3) win three of its last four games. She had 16 points and went 5 of 7 from beyond the arc in an 86-71 win over Chicago on Sunday.

Leading scorer Emma Meesseman (15.6 points per game) had 20 on 10-of-14 shooting and is averaging 18.6 on 69.4 percent shooting in her last five games. Stefanie Dolson contributed a career-best 19 points and 10 rebounds.

"It was team basketball. No selfishness. Everybody was out there looking for each other and making the extra pass," Latta said. "That's what it's going to take."

Latta scored 24 points - three shy of a career high - and went 6 for 8 from 3-point range in an 87-75 win in Indiana on June 20. She had 21 points and five 3-pointers in the second half as Washington moved to 3-0 on the road, a run that was snapped with a 72-69 loss to Atlanta on Friday.

The Fever (4-6) are 1-4 at home and have lost three in a row there, but avoided a third consecutive loss overall Tuesday with a 92-84 win over Connecticut. Tamika Catchings provided 26 points on 9-of-10 shooting and 10 rebounds in her 400th game.

Catchings needs 14 more rebounds to surpass Taj McWilliams-Franklin for third on the league's all-time list.

"She's just a rock and it's no surprise why she has been such a rock for this franchise for so many years," coach Stephanie White said.

Catchings had five points on 1-of-8 shooting and five rebounds in the loss to Washington.

The Fever beat the Mystics 78-73 on their own court as part of a two-game sweep in the opening round of last year's playoffs, but they haven't topped Washington at home in the regular season since July 19, 2013.

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