Storm Defeat Fever, 92-72

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Indianapolis, Ind., – The Seattle Storm (19-7) showed why they’re at the top of league standings with a 20-point win over Indiana (3-23) on Tuesday night.

After the Storm went on an 8-0 run to start the game, Indiana’s veterans had an answer as Cappie Pondexter hit back to back buckets to get the Fever going. Candice Dupree would follow suit knocking down shots to keep Indiana close. However, Seattle would keep the pressure on as Jewell Loyd buried triple after triple to tally 13 points at the end of the first quarter.

Teammates Breanna Stewart and Natasha Howard would pick up where she left off in the second half, as Seattle got out in transition. Stewart and Howard scored all 25 of the Storm’s third quarter points working as a tandem to stretch out their lead. Indiana’s Kelsey Mitchell would provide bursts of scoring attacks to keep the Fever in it coming as close as 80-72 late in the game. But Seattle’s Sue Bird would nail a dagger three-pointer to silence Indiana as the Storm soared to victory. Bird would tally 11 points and 11 assists in the 92-72 win. Stewart would pace the Storm with 26 points and 10 rebounds, shooting a 75 percent clip from behind the arc. Natasha Howard would also add 16 points and nine rebounds as Seattle picked up the road win.

Kelsey Mitchell, who will be participating in Saturday’s All-Star Three Point Contest, finished with a 26 point performance to tie a season-high for Indiana. Dupree turned in a double-double of 14 points and 12 rebounds, while Pondexter pitched in 10 points.

After the All-Star break, the Fever will face the Dallas Wings on August 2 at 7 PM ET.

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.