Indianapolis, Ind., – Friday nights duel between the Phoenix Mercury and the Indiana Fever was full of reunions.
Former Fever guard Briann January made her return to Bankers Life Fieldhouse since joining the Mercury. January however was seen sporting a boot and unavailable due to a foot injury. Nevertheless the Mercury seemed to have no trouble at all as they came ready to play. Between DeWanna Bonner’s hot first half and Diana Taurasi lighting it up from beyond the arc, the Mercury lived up to their rank as #2 in the league’s current standings.
Bonner would get things rolling for Phoenix as the new mommy faced off against spouse Candice Dupree for the first time since their union. She tallied 10 points at the end of the first quarter and would finish the night just shy of a double-double with 15 points and 9 rebounds against Indiana. Trailing 56-39 at halftime, Indiana would attempt to make a comeback. Rookies Kelsey Mitchell and Victoria Vivians combined for a total of seven made three pointers. Kayla Alexander would also get in on the action giving the Fever a much needed scoring boost late in the game. In the end Indiana would fall short to the Mercury by score of 95-77.
Taurasi would finish with a game high 25 points for Phoenix while Brittney Griner added 20 points. Kelsey Mitchell would lead Indiana with 19 points. Vivians, Alexander, and Erica Wheeler would all tally 10 points on the evening.
See the Fever back in action at home on Sunday, July 1 against the Atlanta Dream. Tip-off is at 5 PM ET.