Game Preview: Aces at Fever

 

Las Vegas Aces (9-5) at Indiana Fever (6-9)

Date: Wednesday, July 10th
Time: 12:00 p.m. (ET)
Site: Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Live Stream: WNBA League Pass

The Indiana Fever return home to face the Las Vegas Aces on Wednesday afternoon. Indiana is coming off a three-game road trip, coming back to Bankers Life Fieldhouse to begin a four-game homestand. The Fever are 6-9 following a 76-56 victory in Dallas Friday night. The Aces’ 90-58 win against the New York Liberty on Sunday put their record at 9-5. It is the second game in 10 days between the teams, with Indiana hoping to avenge a 102-97 overtime defeat in Las Vegas on June 29.

Tiffany Mitchell’s 16 points on 6-of-9 shooting led the way for the Fever in their win on Friday. Las Vegas got half of its scoring from Kayla McBride (24 points) and Liz Cambage (21 points) in its 32-point victory.

Probable Starters
Fever: F – Betnijah Laney, F – Candice Dupree, C –Teaira McCowan or Natalie Achonwa, G – Kelsey Mitchell, G – Erica Wheeler
Aces: F –Kayla McBride, F – A’ja Wilson, C – Liz Cambage, G –Kelsey Plum, G – Jackie Young

NOTES

  • The Aces have won all four games against the Fever since the start of last season, the franchise’s first in Las Vegas. Indiana has not defeated the team since 2017 when it was located in San Antonio.
  • When the Fever and Aces met in Las Vegas on June 29, A’ja Wilson scored a game-high 39 points in the Aces’ 102-97 overtime win. Kelsey Mitchell (21 points) and Candice Dupree (20 points) paced Indiana in scoring. Wilson’s scoring was the second-highest by any opposing player in Fever history and Indiana’s offense set a new franchise record with 30 assists.
  • The Fever made 13 3-pointers in the overtime defeat, the most in a single game since hitting 14 on Sept. 1, 2016 against New York. Betnijah Laney connected from deep three times, a career best. Kelsey Mitchell’s five 3-pointers tied her career high.
  • Indiana’s victory in Dallas on Friday completed a three-game sweep of the Wings this season. It is the first time the Fever swept a WNBA opponent since defeating Connecticut four times in 2015.
  • Tiffany Mitchell finished with a team-high 16 points off the bench. She joins Kelsey Mitchell, Candice Dupree and Erica Wheeler as the only players to lead Indiana in scoring multiple times this season.
  • Erica Wheeler recorded a game-high seven assists. Wheeler has posted four or more assists in 12 of the team’s 15 games. Her 5.8 assists per game rank third in the WNBA through games on July 7. She is the only point guard in the league to average 5-plus assists, double-digit scoring and shoot at least 40 percent from 3-point range.
  • Rookie Teaira McCowan (nine points, 12 rebounds) pulled down at least 10 boards for the fifth time in the last seven games. McCowan (10 points, 11.1 rebounds) is the only player in the WNBA averaging a double-double since June 19.
  • Indiana held the Wings to 56 points, eight made free throws and .319 percent shooting, all season bests for the Fever defensively. The 56 points are the lowest total for a Fever opponent since Aug. 4, 2018, when the Liberty scored 55.
  • Tiffany Mitchell (99) is one steal away from 100 for her WNBA career.
  • Erica Wheeler (461) needs seven assists to pass Tully Beviliqua at No. 4 in Fever history. Wheeler is 10 assists from eclipsing Katie Douglas (470) in third.
  • Candice Dupree (6,239) enters Wednesday’s game 24 points behind Lisa Leslie (6,263) for sixth on the WNBA career scoring list.
  • With a win against the Aces, Indiana would surpass its total and home win totals from 2018. It would also be the Fever’s first-ever victory over Las Vegas, marking the club’s first win over the franchise since 2017 when it was based in San Antonio.