Dream Overcome Late Push By Indiana

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Indianapolis, Ind., – With the season series knotted up at 1-1, the Indiana Fever know they are capable of beating the Atlanta Dream. In Sunday’s battle however, the Fever had lapses where they weren’t efficient that led to them having to battle from behind.

Victoria Vivians kicked off the game with an opening statement three, that set the tone for a career-high night. Atlanta would have an answer of its own though as guard Brittney Sykes poured in 18 first half points to give the Dream the 50-33 lead at halftime.

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#35 Victoria Vivians drains the three ball over Dream guard Renee Montgomery. RKS photo/Glynnis King

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#7 Brittney Sykes surveys the floor. RKS photo/Glynnis King

Late in the third with the Fever still trailing, Vivians turned up the heat, stroking not one, but two three-pointers followed by a long two to give Indiana a burst of energy as they fought to stay in the game. Candice Dupree and Natalie Achonwa pitched in as well hitting key shots and getting to the line to aid in the rally. The Dream’s Tiffany Hayes would have a hot second half shooting 7-of-9 from the field to finish with 19 points and six rebounds off the bench.

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#11 Natalie Achonwa goes up for the easy two. RKS photo/Glynnis King

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#51 Jessica Breland defends #4 Candice Dupree’s jump shot. RKS photo/Glynnis King

After four, the Dream would come out on top 87-83, to take the season series lead. Sykes would finish with 20 points for the Dream and Angel McCoughtry added 15 points in the win. Vivians would record a new career-high 27 points and grab seven rebounds to go with it. Dupree added 17 points, while Achonwa and Erica Wheeler pitched in 16 and 12 points, respectively.

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#35 Angel McCoughtry calls out the offense. RKS photo/Glynnis King

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#25 Monique Billings goes up in traffic. RKS photo/Glynnis King

“It was a tale of two halves,” Head Coach Pokey Chatman stated.

“We need to play the entire game like we played the second half,” Dupree added.

With a lot of the season left and new addition Cappie Pondexter added to the squad, the future looks bright for Indiana as the Fever continue to develop. Indiana will travel to Minnesota for a Tuesday night matchup with the Lynx.

 

 

Phoenix Top Fever, 95-77

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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.

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#24 DeWanna Bonner attacks on the drive and is met by two Fever defenders. RKS photo/Glynnis King

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.

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#4 Candice Dupree goes at DeWanna Bonner. RKS photo/ Glynnis King

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#35 Victoria Vivians spots up for a triple. RKS photo/Glynnis King

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.

Phoenix Mercury Square Off With Indiana

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Indianapolis, Ind., – The Phoenix Mercury travel to Bankers Life Fieldhouse to square off with the Indiana Fever on Friday night for a seven o’clock tip-off. This will be the first time the two teams meet each other this season.

Indiana (1-14) is coming off back-to-back loses to the Connecticut Sun who secured the 101-89 victory on Wednesday behind Chiney Ogwumike and Jonquel Jones’ 21 points a piece. After a rough start falling behind 30-14 at the end of the first quarter, Indiana managed to fight their way back as rookie Victoria Vivian’s had the hot shooting hand. Vivians nailed a career-high five 3-pointers to post a career-high 25 points to lead Indiana in scoring. However, it wouldn’t be enough to come away with the win. Kelsey Mitchell added 15 points for the Fever, and Candice Dupree tallied 14 points. The Fever look to get off to a much better start at home on Friday against the visiting Mercury who are 11-5 on the season.

Phoenix looks to do work after an 83-69 victory over the New York Liberty on Tuesday. The Mercury are currently 7-2 on the road and aim to continue that success when they come to Indianapolis. In Tuesday’s win, Diana Taurasi shot 7-for-11 from behind the arc finishing with 27 points and seven assists. DeWanna Bonner added 18 points, while Brittney Griner and Sancho Lyttle each scored 12 points.

Be sure to tune in to Friday night’s match-up between the Indiana Fever and Phoenix Mercury on WNBA League Pass at 7 PM ET.