After losing Briann January to a season-ending knee injury, coach Lin Dunn decided to go with Phillips as the starter in Tuesday's 78-61 rout of the Seattle Storm.
Phillips responded scoring seven points, dishing out six assists and coming up with three steals as the Fever extended their winning streak to five games.
"(Phillips) not only ran the team, but she was sharing the basketball and getting people the ball in the right place," Dunn said after Thursday's practice. "So we'll continue to go with that."
Dunn said that although Phillips will get another start, that doesn't mean Shannon Bobbitt won't get much playing time. In fact, when Bobbitt comes into the game and she's affective, Dunn said she has no problem keeping her in.
"If (Bobbitt) is playing well, then she can continue to play," Dunn said. "It's not automatic."
This Saturday's game against the struggling Washington Mystics (2-7) would seem to be an easy win for the Fever (8-3), who currently are first in the Eastern Conference standings.
Despite the Mystics record, Dunn says they're a good team and that if her team doesn't come ready to play, then they could be in trouble.
"They're very talented and athletic, they've got two post players inside that can cause us some problems and they're desperate for a win," she said. "You have to be very careful with a team like that."
Desperate is exactly what the Mystics are. They haven't won a game in almost two weeks and the only other team with a worse record than them is the Tulsa Shock at 1-9.
Dunn said the WNBA has such a high level of talent right now that a first place team and a last place team can easily find themselves in a double overtime game.
Two of the Mystics top players in Monique Currie and Alana Beard are out for Saturday's game, and forward Tamika Catchings sees many similarities between the two teams as the Fever currently deal with January's injury.
"People are trying to find a place on their team. They're scrappy," Catchings said. "They're a full-court press team, they push the ball, they have great defenders and great offensive players so it's going going to be a matchup that's definitely going to be a war for us."
For the new Fever starting point guard, Erin Phillips, she couldn't be happier than to spend her first few games at the point position in front of home fans at Conseco.
"We've got terrific fans and they're definitely the sixth man on the court when we play at home," Phiilips said. "We love playing at home, so if we can secure the wins at home that would be great for us."
Phillips to start at point guard again for Fever this Saturday
Erin Phillips has earned herself a second start at point guard for the Indiana Fever.
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