In the game of basketball, shots don’t always come easy. They certainly don’t always fall with ease. But for Fever forward Lynetta Kizer, at least recently, they’ve certainly looked pretty easy.
In each of the last six games before the Olympic break, Kizer produced double-digit scoring efforts for Indiana. In those six games, she averaged an astounding 15.5 points per game – nearly double the 7.4 points per game she averaged in the first 17 games of the season. In the final game before the break, her scoring bonanza was punctuated with a career-high 21-point effort against New York on July 21.
She shot 10-of-14 from the floor against the Liberty, recording at least nine field goals for the third time in four games. She shot 9-of-11 (81 percent) on July 13 against Connecticut, the best shooting percentage of any player this season.
Kizer’s six-game streak of scoring in double figures is another record for the 6-foot-4 forward. She has truly been a driving force for the pre-Olympic Fever, helping them to win five of six contests before the break.
So, what’s really been the difference for Kizer as of late?
“Just working hard, I guess,” explained Kizer. “My teammates are giving me a lot of confidence in shooting the ball, so I’ve just been trying to make sure I can get open and focus on knocking down shots.”
She sure has been knocking down shots. In the last six games, she’s gone 44-of-64 (.688) from the floor and hit all five attempts from the charity stripe.
Unlike traditional low post players, Kizer has an arsenal of shots up her sleeve. She’s consistently shown her ability to hit the mid-range jumper – most of her jumpers range from 6 to 12 feet – making her a huge threat to stretch a defense and present coach Stephanie White with mismatch opportunities.
In her fifth WNBA season and third with the Fever, perhaps Kizer is finally starting to find where she fits best in Indiana’s lineup.
“I think she’s just finally found some confidence,” said White. “I think she’s started focusing more on defense, rebounding and the other things that she can control in those areas, and as a result she’s been playing with more intensity. So, I think it’s confidence from not focusing so much on offense and focusing on the other parts of her game.”
There’s no way to predict Kizer’s efficiency after the break, but she and her Fever teammates have been working hard to continue building momentum for the schedule’s final 10 games.
“We’re doing a great job of getting tons of shots up and still working hard on the low post,” said Kizer of the team’s off-time workouts. “We’ve just really been conditioning our minds and our bodies to do the right things on the court especially when August 27 comes around.”
Until the calendar arrives at August 27 late next week, Indiana fans will anxiously wait and hope Kizer continues making those shots look easy.