Chicago Hands Indiana a Loss in Home Opener

Indianapolis, Ind., — The Indiana Fever suffered their first loss on Youth Sports Day in their 2018 season opener against the Chicago Sky.

After a solid first half of ball movement and keeping the Sky at bay with team defense, the Fever only trailed by two, 36-34, at the half.

The two Mitchell’s, Kelsey and Tiffany lit it up from beyond the arc drilling back-to-back triples midway through the second. Rookie Victoria Vivians also knocked down a three-point basket to make her league debut in a Fever uniform. However, Chicago was able to hold their own making a run on the Fever in the second half.

Despite picking up two early fouls, Stefanie Dolson made her presence felt finishing with 11 points, seven rebounds, and five assist. The Sky shot 49.2% from the field and were able to get easy buckets in transition, leading to an 82-64 victory over Indiana. Allie Quigley led Chicago with 19 points, while rookie Diamond DeShields had a strong opening with 18 points and eight rebounds.

The Fever struggled on the boards this afternoon, but were able to force 12 Sky turnovers. Veteran Candice Dupree led the Fever in scoring and rebounding with 14 points and eight rebounds, while Erica Wheeler and Tiffany Mitchell added 13 and 11 points, respectively.

Candice Dupree (4) raises up for the jumper. RKS photo/Glynnis King

With the first game of the season complete, the Fever look to put this one behind them as they prepare for a back to back taking on the Washington Mystics at 1:00 PM ET tomorrow.

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