Mercury Cross Century Mark Over Indiana

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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.

Lynx Visit Fever As Part of Wednesday’s Matchups

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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.

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.