The Indiana Fever turned in their best performance on the road so far this season, finally securing a victory away from Bankers Life Fieldhouse with a 88-77 win over the Connecticut Sun.
The Fever took the court with their full complement of starters, featuring Shenise Johnson and Briann January, for the first time this season.
Ball movement was the name of the game for Indiana early on, assisting on eight of their 11 made buckets and leading to a season-high 22 assists on the day. Nine Fever players scored in an opening quarter in which they shot 77% from the field and forced six turnovers.
The road team came in prepared to fight off a desperate Connecticut group that has tallied only a single notch in the win column this season. The Sun would go down swinging though. The Fever would be forced to withstand the Sun’s runs throughout the game, including a fourth quarter stretch that saw the Indiana lead cut to as few as six points.
The Fever would once again feature their signature balanced offense. Tiffany Mitchell would lead the way and prove to be the player of the game, keeping her team ahead in the fourth quarter on her way to a new career-high 21 points off the bench. Indiana’s outstanding rookie has scored in double figures in each of her eight games as a professional.
After the game Coach White commented on Mitchell’s impressive start. “Tiffany’s special. She’s got the opportunity to be a special player in this league for a very long time… She fits our culture, she’s got great quickness, she’s physical and she defends. She’s tough and she’s a gym rat. She reminds me a lot of the way Catchings came in to the league, and that says something about her.”
Tamika Catchings, Devereaux Peters, and Marissa Coleman all put up 12 points apiece and Erlana Larkins owned the glass with a game-high 10 boards. Indiana shot an impressive 50 percent from long range, connecting on eight three-pointers while limiting their opponents to only four.
“We are playing at our best when everybody plays together and everybody contributes. We are a team that was built to be able to move the ball and have multiple people be able to put the ball in the basket,” stated Coleman postgame.
Connecticut forward Alyssa Thomas played well in defeat, scoring 20 points and pulling down five rebounds. Sunday’s loss makes for six straight Indiana victories over the Sun and a franchise worst 1-7 start for Connecticut.
The Fever will return home to Indianapolis to take on the Elana Delle Donne and the Chicago Sky on Friday, June 10.