Indianapolis, Ind., – Hungry for their first win of the season, the Indiana Fever came ready to play as they hosted the Dallas Wings Friday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Locking in on defense, Indiana held their own as they managed to keep powerhouse center Liz Cambage at bay to start the game. By getting stops and trading buckets, the Fever held a one point lead at the end of the first quarter. In the absence of veteran forward Candice Dupree, the Fever rookies stepped up big time all contributing on the offensive end to put Indiana ahead at the break, 48-44.
“That’s what the effort and fight should look like for 40 minutes,” Fever head coach Pokey Chatman said.
Erica McCall who started at forward in place of Dupree also had a strong game against the Wings, bringing leadership and energy to the floor as she led the Fever in rebounds with 11 to go with nine points on the evening. Despite the fierce battle, Indiana came up short in another tough loss falling to Dallas, 89-83. Rookie Kelsey Mitchell led Indiana with 26 points while fellow rookie Stephanie Mavunga added a career-high 10 points, and Victoria Vivians tallied seven points. Tiffany Mitchell would finish with 12 points on the night.
In her return home, Skylar Diggins-Smith had an outstanding night posting her first double-double of the season with a career-high 35 points and a career-high 12 rebounds in the Wings victory. Liz Cambage and Allisha Gray would add 23 and 15 points, respectively as Dallas secured their second consecutive victory.
The Indiana Fever will travel to New York for a Sunday afternoon match-up against the Liberty.