Indianapolis, Ind., – The visiting Los Angeles Sparks and the Indiana Fever faced off at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Tuesday night, as the Fever sought out their first victory of the season.
Getting out to a hot start the Sparks came out shooting 81% from the field led by Nneka Ogwumike and Odyssey Sims who got L.A. into a nice rhythm to start the game. Looking to answer point guard Erica Wheeler put the Fever on the board off a strong drive to the basket for two. However, the Sparks had their way on the offensive end getting shot after shot to take a commanding 33-16 lead after the first quarter.
Trying to nudge their way back into the game the Fever managed to come within ten after two made free-throws by rookie Kelsey Mitchell, but the Sparks proved too much to handle in the paint. Los Angeles would improve to 2-0 on the season defeating Indiana, 87-70.
Ogwumike finished with a double-double of 25 points and 10 rebounds, while Sims tallied 17 points on the evening.
For Indiana, Kelsey and Tiffany Mitchell led the way with 20 and 14 points, respectively. Moving to 0-3 on the season the Fever look to turn things around when they host the Washington Mystics on Thursday night at 7 PM ET.
Indianapolis, Ind., – The Indiana Fever (0-2) remain winless on the season as they fell to the Washington Mystics, 82-75 on Sunday.
Natalie Achonwa put up career highs in both points and rebounds scoring 21 points and grabbing 12 boards for Indiana. Trailing 61-51 to start the fourth, Indiana managed to come within six later on, but every time the Fever seemed to be closing in Kristi Toliver would be there to knock down a triple to stretch out the Mystics’ lead. Toliver hit four 3-pointers to finish with 16 points while Elena Delle Donne added 13 points and seven assists.
Candice Dupree finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Fever, while Kelsey Mitchell poured in 16 points. The Fever look to secure their first win at home on Tuesday in a matchup against the Los Angeles Sparks.
In a rematch of last years WNBA Finals, the Sparks (1-0) hung on to win their season opener at Minnesota with a last second shot to put them on top 77-76. Despite being without Candice Parker, the team got the job done as the queen of buzzer beaters, Chelsea Gray hit the game winner in the lane finishing with 18 points, eight assists, and six steals. Odyssey Sims led the Sparks with 21 points and Nneka Ogwumike added 19 points.
Catch the Sparks and the Fever tip-off at 7 PM ET on Tuesday, as the game will be featured on Twitter.
CONGRATULATIONS, TO THE MINNESOTA LYNX!!!
After an outstanding season long battle between the Los Angeles Sparks and the Minnesota Lynx, the Lynx were victorious in Game 5.
Lynx prevail over Sparks, 85-76.
The Minnesota Lynx grab their 4th WNBA Championship in 7 seasons (2011, 2013, 2015, 2017). Courtesy photo/WNBA
MVP Sylvia Fowles, racks up another one as this year’s WNBA Finals MVP. Courtesy photo/WNBA
A huge thank you to both the Los Angeles Sparks, the Minnesota Lynx, and the WNBA for another amazing season in the books.
For more info on Minnesota’s historic win, and a recap of the 2017 season, check out the W.