Game Preview: Fever at Mystics

 

Indiana Fever (8-15) at Washington Mystics (15-7)

Date: Thursday, August 8th
Time: 7:00 p.m. (ET)
Site: The Entertainment and Sports Arena
Live Stream: CBS Sports Network

The Indiana Fever head east to face the Washington Mystics Thursday night. Indiana’s 86-75 victory over the Minnesota Lynx on Saturday moved its record to 8-15. The Mystics sit at 15-7 following a 103-82 loss to the Phoenix Mercury Sunday and the completion of their suspended game with the Las Vegas Aces on Monday, which the Mystics won 99-70.

The Fever’s 20-point comeback win against the Lynx was the largest in a regular season game in franchise history. Kelsey Mitchell came off the bench and scored a game-high 20 points while setting a new career best with nine assists. Elena Delle Donne and Emma Meesseman both scored 18 points for Washington in the loss to Phoenix.

Probable Starters
Fever: F – Betnijah Laney, F – Candice Dupree, C – Teaira McCowan or Natalie Achonwa, G – Tiffany Mitchell, G – Erica Wheeler
Mystics: F –Elena Delle Donne, F –Ariel Atkins, C –LaToya Sanders, G – Kristi Toliver, G –Natasha Cloud

NOTES

  • The Mystics picked up a 95-88 overtime victory in Indianapolis on July 19 in the teams’ previous meeting this season. Washington has won eight straight games against Indiana.
  • Elena Delle Donne led all players in points (28) and rebounds (15) in the win over the Fever. Delle Donne scored eight points in the final 1:22 of regulation to force overtime.
  • Indiana got 18 points, seven rebounds and five assists from Erica Wheeler and a double-double (16 points, 12 rebounds) from Natalie Achonwa. Shenise Johnson contributed a season-high 13 points.
  • Kelsey Mitchell’s 20 points off the bench Saturday night were a game high. Mitchell went 7-of-16 from the field and 4-of-10 from 3-point range.
  • Mitchell also set a new career high with nine assists. It is the fourth time this season a Fever player has recorded nine assists in a game.
  • Indiana’s reserves accounted for 55 points, tied for the second-highest total in franchise history. Kelsey Mitchell’s nine assists off the bench also ranked second in Fever history.
  • Four different reserves (Kelsey Mitchell, Shenise Johnson, Natalie Achonwa and Stephanie Mavunga) scored in double figures. The Fever outscored Minnesota by 32 points in the 28 minutes Achonwa was on the floor.
  • Stephanie Mavunga played a career-high 19 minutes and tied her career bests in points (10), rebounds (six), blocks (two) and steals (two). Mavunga made all five shots she attempted in the game.
  • Teaira McCowan pulled down at least seven rebounds for the 13th time in her last 15 games. McCowan is averaging 10.2 rebounds per game over the previous five contests.
  • The Fever forced a season-high 22 turnovers and turned them into 30 points. Fifteen of those 22 turnovers came in the second half.