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WNBA season ends for Kennewick grad

INDIANAPOLIS -- Katie Douglas scored 21 points and Tamika Catchings added 17 to help the Indiana Fever beat the New York Liberty 72-62 in Game 3 on Monday night to advance to the Eastern Conference finals.

Erin Phillips had 12 points and five steals for the Fever, who scored 26 points off New York's 20 turnovers.

Indiana will host Atlanta on Thursday in the opener of the conference finals. Atlanta won all four matchups this season, including the finale on Sept. 11.

Nicole Powell led New York with 19 points. Cappie Pondexter, a thorn in Indiana's side in previous playoff series, was held to 11 points on 4-for-14 shooting. She shot just 15 for 44 in the series.

Kennewick High grad Leilani Mitchell started at point guard for the Liberty. He recorded five points on 2-for-7 shooting, no assists and one turnover in 26 minutes.

Douglas averaged 22 points in the series and led the Fever in scoring all three games.

Indiana outscored New York 21-7 from the free-throw line.