Indiana Fever (0-9) vs New York Liberty (5-4)
Date: Thursday, June 14, 2018
Time: 11:30 a.m. (EDT)
Site: McCamish Pavilion
TV: NBA TV, Fox Sports South
Live Stream: WNBA League Pass
Fever: G- Kelsey Mitchell, F- Candice Dupree, C- Natalie Achonwa, G- Victoria Vivians, G- Tiffany Mitchell
Dream: G- Angel McCoughtry, F- Jessica Breland, C- Elizabeth Williams, G- Tiffany Hayes, G- Renee Montgomery
The Indiana Fever travel to McCamish Pavilion to face Atlanta for the first time this season for Indiana’s third game in five days. Indiana is coming off an overtime loss to the Las Vegas Aces, 101-92, on Tuesday night.
The Fever’s Natalie Achonwa set a career-high with 15 rebounds and 26 points against the Aces. The Mitchell duo combined for 34 points and eight assists for the Fever in the fight against Las Vegas.
Guard Shenise Johnson (left knee ACL rehabilitation) remains out and will not play.
• Thursday’s game features two of the top scoring guards in the WNBA, Kelsey Mitchell and Tiffany Hayes. Through nine games, Mitchell is atop Hayes averaging 19.1 points per game while Hayes is averaging 18.9 points per game.
• In each of the last four games, the young Fever squad has lost despite holding the lead or tied with its opponent in the final minute of the fourth quarter. Two of losses have come in overtime.
• Fever center Natalie Achonwa posted career highs with 26 points and 15 rebounds to lead Indiana. She recorded her second straight double-double and third of the season. Entering this season, Achonwa had not pulled down more than nine boards in a game over her first three WNBA seasons.
• The Fever’s Kelsey Mitchell finished with 17 points Tuesday night against the Aces. She shot 5-of-12 from the field and 4-of-9 from 3-point range. Mitchell has now made at least three 3-point field goals in five straight games and has connected on 30 for the season.
• Tiffany Mitchell set a new season high with 17 points and handed out six assists Tuesday. She has now scored in double figures in four straight games and seven times overall this season.
• Erica Wheeler came off the bench for the first time in 34 games and finished with 12 points and a team-leading eight assists. Wheeler is now fifth in the WNBA this season with 4.6 assists per game.
• The Dream’s Tiffany Hayes was named Player of the Week for the first time in her seven seasons this week alongside Phoenix’s Brittney Griner. Hayes is averaging 1.7 steals, 4 rebounds, and 3.3 assists per game.
• The Fever fell to 0-9 to start the season for the first time in franchise history with an 0-3 record on the road going into Thursday’s game at Atlanta.