INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Briann January scored 19 points, Tamika Catchings and Katie Douglas added 17 each, and the Indiana Fever beat the Chicago Sky 81-64 Saturday night to win their season-high fifth straight and clinch their eighth straight playoff berth.
Catchings also had 10 rebounds for the Fever (17-8), who moved two games behind first-place Connecticut in the Eastern Conference. Indiana, which has won seven of eight since the Olympic break, tied Seattle (2004-11) and Los Angeles (1999-06) for the longest consecutive postseason appearances in league history.
Epiphanny Prince scored 22 points to lead the Sky (9-16), which has lost 11 of its last 12. Chicago dropped one-half game behind New York for the fourth and final playoff spot in the East. The Sky have nine games remaining, including one at New York on Friday night.
Indiana used an 18-3 run to take a 45-31 lead at the break.
LIBERTY 79, MYSTICS 73
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Essence Carson scored 20 points and Cappie Pondexter added 16 to help New York snap a three-game losing streak.
Kara Braxton had 14 points, including eight in a decisive 11-0 run in the second quarter, for New York (10-16). Carson shot 8 for 13 from the field and also had six assists as the Liberty moved fourth place in the Eastern Conference, one-half game ahead of Chicago - which lost at Indiana later. Atlanta is 3 1/2 games ahead in third.
Monique Currie scored 20 points, Crystal Langhorne had 19 points and eight rebounds, and Jasmine Thomas added 18 for Washington (5-21), which lost its fifth straight.
MERCURY 94, SILVER STARS 90
PHOENIX (AP) - DeWanna Bonner had 22 points, nine rebounds, four assists and two blocked shots to help lead Phoenix to back-to-back for the first time this season.
Diana Taurasi added 25 points and four assists for the Mercury (6-19), who moved past Tulsa and out of last place Western Conference while handing the Silver Stars (17-9) their fourth loss in five games.
Danielle Robinson converted a three-point play with 37 seconds left to cut the Mercury's lead to 88-86, but Taurasi passed to Krystal Thomas in the lane for a basket with 19 seconds remaining to help secure the win.
San Antonio's Becky Hammon was called for traveling on the subsequent possession to end any threat.
Sophia Young had a career-high 32 points and added eight rebounds for San Antonio.