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.
#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.
#4 Candice Dupree goes at DeWanna Bonner. RKS photo/ Glynnis King
#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.
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.
With the 2018 WNBA season tipping off tonight and a full schedule of games on Sunday, fans are in for a treat this summer as we watch these teams work.
The Dallas Wings and Phoenix Mercury will open the season tonight in Phoenix, after teams finalized their rosters on Thursday. The Wings return Skylar Diggins-Smith and reigning Rookie of the Year Allisha Gray. Dallas also welcomes international center, Liz Cambage who joins the team after a long absence from the W. Cambage adds a much needed post presence to the floor giving the Wings a chance to battle against teams with bigs like Griner.
The Mercury return last years WNBA scoring leader Brittney Griner (21.9 ppg) along with veteran sharp shooter Diana Taurasi. Phoenix will definitely be a squad to contend with after adding pieces like point guard Briann January, and the return of DeWanna Bonner who can score, rebound, and run the floor.
Don’t miss this matchup on NBA TV tonight at 10 PM ET.
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