Indianapolis, Ind., – In Sunday evenings matchup against the Indiana Fever, the Phoenix Mercury notched 101 points led by Brittney Griner to pull off the road win.
Up 48-46 at halftime, the Indiana Fever looked strong and ready to continue their first half success headed into the third quarter. Veterans Candice Dupree and Cappie Pondexter came out shooting hot as they were able to find their shots in the flow of the offense. As a team Indiana made a solid effort on the glass to win the rebounding battle 35-33. However, the Fever had no answer for Baylor alum, Brittney Griner as she had her way in the paint getting bucket after bucket. Griner would tally 36 points and 12 rebounds to earn her thirty-second career double-double.
Trailing just seven points to start the final period, Indiana’s Tiffany Mitchell came off the bench to give the Fever a late push, coming away with three steals. In the end, the Mercury’s trio of Griner, Diana Taurasi, and DeWanna Bonner would prove too much for the Fever to handle as Phoenix (15-8) cruised to victory, 101-82.
Dupree would finish with a season-high 23 points, while Cappie Pondexter also recorded a season-high of 17 points. Mitchell would add 12 points in Indiana’s loss. Taurasi and Bonner finished with 22 and 14 points, respectively for Phoenix.
Indiana (2-20) will return to the hardwood Wednesday, July 18 at Minnesota for a 1 PM ET tip-off on NBA TV.
Indianapolis, Ind., – The Minnesota Lynx came to Bankers Life Fieldhouse ready to work. In their Wednesday afternoon matchup against the Indiana Fever, Minnesota dropped bucket after bucket to come out on top, 87-65.
Sylvia Fowles led the Lynx to victory with a double-double on 8 of 10 shooting for 20 points. She also grabbed 10 boards as the reigning MVP gave Minnesota several second chance points down the stretch. Teammate Maya Moore was just shy of matching that stat line as she finished with 19 points and nine rebounds.
Both the Indiana Fever and the Minnesota Lynx did a much better job of shooting compared to their last games. The Fever shot 41 percent from the field, while the Lynx shot 52 percent. However, Indiana fell into their old ways of having to play from behind trailing 44-33 at the half. Kelsey Mitchell had the hot hand from behind the arc knocking down three of her five 3-point attempts. But Minnesota’s Danielle Robinson would hit two of her own throughout the course of the game as the Lynx pressed on to the finish.
Fever guard Erica Wheeler had a big second half giving Indiana an energy boost on both ends of the floor. To end the third, Wheeler would find a cutting Erica McCall for the easy bucket at the buzzer. Wheeler would tally 12 points, six rebounds, and five assists to lead Indiana. Kelsey Mitchell added 11 points and Natalie Achonwa would finish with 10 points.
Be sure to check out the box scores of the rest of today’s matchups below.
New York Liberty 79, Connecticut Sun 76
Atlanta Dream 106, Washington Mystics 89
Minnesota Lynx 87, Indiana Fever 65
Indianapolis, Ind., – The Minnesota Lynx visit the Indiana Fever on Wednesday for a 12 o’clock tip-off at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
The Lynx (11-8) look to even the score against Indiana who came to Minneapolis and stole a 71-59 matchup last Tuesday. After defeating rival Los Angeles, Minnesota dropped their road game at Chicago on Saturday, as they struggled to shoot the basketball. The Lynx shot just 36 percent from the field and were out scored 17-9 in the fourth quarter. Maya Moore led with 16 points.
After their big win against Minnesota, the Fever (2-17) fell to the Dallas Wings 90-63. Indiana shot just 35 percent from the field and were out rebounded 47-22. Both teams look to turn things around in terms of shooting percentage and come out with a win. Catch this game on WNBA League Pass.
The New York Liberty (5-14) and the Connecticut Sun (10-9) will also be in action on Wednesday for an 11:30 AM ET tip. The Liberty have had a few struggles of their own this season as they came up short to Dallas on Sunday. Tina Charles was just shy of a double-double with 26 points and nine rebounds to lead New York. But it was Skylar Diggins-Smith who stole the show with a career-high 32 points. The Connecticut Sun (10-9) took a tough loss on Saturday to Las Vegas after Kayla McBride and A’ja Wilson combined for 61 points. Despite a balanced scoring effort from the Sun, Connecticut just couldn’t hang on for the victory. Morgan Tuck led the Sun with 20 points. Connecticut looks to bounce back against the Liberty as they welcome new addition Layshia Clarendon. Clarendon was traded by the Atlanta Dream for Alex Bentley and a future second round draft pick. Be sure to catch this matchup on NBA TV.
The Atlanta Dream (9-9) take on the Washington Mystics (12-7) Wednesday at 11:30 AM ET. This will be the first time the two teams meet this season. The Dream look to show off new addition Alex Bentley, who they acquired from Connecticut as they make a run at the Mystics. Atlanta is coming off a 76-70 win over Phoenix, where Tiffany Hayes tallied 18 points in the win. Washington looks to get back to winning after falling short to Seattle on Sunday. Elena Delle Donne led the Mystics with 29 points and seven rebounds in the loss. Be sure to follow the game on League Pass.