Game Preview: Fever play the Dream in last game before Olympics

The Indiana Fever carry a two-game winning streak south to conclude its regular season schedule before the Olympic break with a 5 p.m. ET tip against the Atlanta Dream. With the 82-69 victory against New York on Friday, the Fever secured its first winning streak since taking the final two games of the 2019 regular season.

Kelsey Mitchell, who enters Sunday as the 13th leading scorer in the WNBA at 16.4 points per game, led the Fever on Friday night with a team-high 20 points for her 27th career game reaching the 20-point plateau. Mitchell added five assists to tie her season-high.

Danielle Robinson continued to be a tremendous asset on the offensive end with 18 points to also go along with five assists. Over the last five games, Robinson is averaging 14.8 points per game.

Jessica Breland hopes to anchor the Fever defense again as the fifth leading shot blocker in the WNBA entering Sunday. In the first meeting of the season against Atlanta on May 21, Breland pulled down a career-high 16 rebounds to go along with 15 points.

Atlanta started the season 4-2, but has dropped 10 of the last 12 games heading into the final game for both teams before the Olympic break. Atlanta guard and WNBA All-Star Courtney Williams leads the team in scoring at 16.9 points per game and 6.3 rebounds per game. She is one point shy of reaching 2,000 career points.

The Dream will be without Chennedy Carter due to a suspension, while Tiffany Hayes continues to miss time due to a right MCL tear.

Following the Olympic break, Indiana will return to Indiana Farmers Coliseum on Saturday, August 28 when the Las Vegas Aces visit for a 1 p.m. ET tip. Tickets are still available and fans across the state, as well as in Kentucky and Ohio, can also tune in for Fever games this year at FeverBasketball.com and the team’s official Facebook page.

Injury Report 
Fever: Jantel Lavender (out; left knee) Bernadett Határ (out; right ankle)
Liberty: Chennedy Carter (out; suspended), Tiffany Hayes (out; right MCL)

Last Meeting
May 21, 2021:  The last time these two battle, the Atlanta Dream emerged as the winner with a final score of 83-79. Breland hauled in a career-high 16 rebounds and ended the night with 1,450 rebounds for her career, which still has her in the top 50 in WNBA history. Her season-best 15 points secured her 23rd career double-double performance as well.

McCowan also made history on the glass, becoming the eighth player in WNBA history to reach 500 rebounds in their first 60 career games. The 60 games also made McCowan the fastest in franchise history to reach the rebounding plateau, which was previously held by current VP of Basketball Operations and General Manager, Tamika Catchings.

Tiffany Mitchell was also inserted into the starting lineup and dished out a season-best six assists. The 20 assists distributed as a team were a new season-high for the Fever.

Kelsey Mitchell led all Fever scorers again with 19 points on 7-of-18 shooting. Mitchell is currently third in points per game (16.8 ppg) for players who have played at least four games already this season.

For Atlanta, Chennedy Carter led all scorers with 23 points and tied a team-best four assists. Courtney Williams and Tiffany Hayes each added 16 and 14 points each.

Broadcast Information
Livestream: FeverBasketball.com and Indiana Fever Facebook Page
Other: WNBA Facebook Page
Pat Boylan (play-by-play), Tully Bevilaqua (analyst)

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Following the Olympic break, Indiana will return to Indiana Farmers Coliseum on Saturday, August 28 when the Las Vegas Aces visit for a 1 p.m. ET tip. Tickets are still available and fans across the state, as well as in Kentucky and Ohio, can also tune in for Fever games this year at FeverBasketball.com and the team’s official Facebook page.