The Indiana Fever conclude the 2021 regular season with the final game of the year at the Chicago Sky on Sunday at 6 p.m. ET. Chicago enters Sunday with the No. 6 seed locked in for this year’s WNBA playoffs.
The Fever will go into the final game shorthanded with only six active players available. Jessica Breland, Kysre Gondrezick, Bernadett Határ, Tiffany Mitchell, Chelsey Perry, Danielle Robinson and Aaliyah Wilson will all miss the season finale. Wilson was the latest added to the injury report after suffering a left knee injury in Friday’s loss to the Minnesota Lynx.
On Friday night, Kelsey Mitchell became the third Fever player to reach 200 made field goals in a season and will look to continue to climb the rankings with one more game remaining. The top five and where Mitchell currently ranks is below:
1. Tamika Catchings 2003 221
2. Candice Dupree 2017 214
3. Tamika Catchings 2010 207
4. Tamika Catchings 2012 200
4. Kelsey Mitchell 2021 200
Eighteen of Mitchell’s game-high 26 points against Minnesota came in the first half to also improve her league-leading streak of consecutive games scoring at least 10 points to 22 straight games.
Teaira McCowan ended Friday night with seven points and 12 rebounds, putting her in striking distance of setting a new franchise record for most rebounds in a season with the Fever. Her current franchise record also took place in her rookie season.
1. Teaira McCowan 2019 305
2. Erlana Larkins 2014 303
3. Teaira McCowan 2021 299
4. Tamika Catchings 2002 275
5. Tamika Catchings 2003 272
Chicago will head into the postseason with a balanced scoring attack, led by Kahleah Copper (14.5 ppg), Candace Parker (13.6 ppg), Allie Quigley (13.1 ppg), Courtney Vandersloot (10.8 ppg) and Diamond DeShields (10.7 ppg).
Vandersloot leads the league in assists per game again averaging 8.7 per contest in 2021, while Quigley leads the WNBA in free throw shooting percentage at 95.8%.
The Sky have claimed victory in the last five meetings against the Fever, including both prior matchups this season.
Fever: Aaliyah Wilson, (out; left knee), Tiffany Mitchell (out; left knee), Jessica Breland (out; left thumb), Danielle Robinson (out; right ankle) Bernadett Határ (out; right ankle), Chelsey Perry (out; right knee), Kysre Gondrezick (out, personal leave)
Livestream: FeverBasketball.com and Indiana Fever Facebook Page
TV: CBS Sports Network
Pat Boylan (play-by-play), Tully Bevilaqua (analyst)