Game Preview: Fever Aim to Bounce Back Against Connecticut

The Indiana Fever are back in action for a pair of games at Indiana Farmers Coliseum against the Connecticut Sun to tip off July.

Indiana fell, 89-64, to the Dallas Wings last time out before this week’s doubleheader against the Sun. Kelsey Mitchell scored all of her 24 points in the second half against Dallas, with 16 points in the third quarter tying her career-high for most points scored in a quarter.

Jantel Lavender scored half of the Fever points heading into the locker room against the Wings and finished the game with 14 points. Tiffany Mitchell recorded her eighth straight game scoring in double figures with 12 points on 8-of-9 shooting from the free throw line.

The Sun come to Indianapolis riding a three-game winning streak, including Tuesday’s 90-71 victory at the Washington Mystics. Jonquel Jones ended the game with 23 points and a game-high 16 rebounds. Jasmine Thomas added 21 points as five Sun players scored in double figures. Connecticut dominated Washington on the glass on Tuesday night outrebounding the Mystics, 52-13.

Jones, Thomas and DeWanna Bonner were also named as WNBA All-Stars on Wednesday. WNBA All-Star 2021 will be played Wednesday, July 14 at Michelob ULTRA Arena at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.

Injury Report 
Fever: Jessica Breland (questionable; right knee), Teaira McCowan (questionable; left ankle)
Sun: Alyssa Thomas (out; achilles)

Last Meeting
May 19, 2021: Connecticut took the first game this season against the Fever, 88-67, back on May 19 at Mohegan Sun Arena.

Indiana opened up the game with a 9-2 lead, but after a Sun timeout, Connecticut rallied to take a 19-18 lead with 2:14 remaining in the first quarter and would not trail the rest of the game.

Danielle Robinson led the Fever in scoring for the first time this season with 12 points on 5-of-8 shooting and a 2-of-3 clip from beyond the arc.

Tiffany Mitchell led the Fever reserves with 10 points and another perfect shooting clip from the charity stripe.

For Connecticut, Natisha Hiedeman led all scorers off the bench with 19 points and a game-high six assists. Jonquel Jones poured in a 17-point, 11-rebound double-double effort. Brionna Jones and DeWanna Bonner each finished with 16 and 13 points each

Broadcast Information
Livestream: FeverBasketball.com and Indiana Fever Facebook Page
Other: Amazon Prime
Pat Boylan (play-by-play), Bria Goss (analyst)

Up Next

After two games with the Sun, the Fever welcome the New York Liberty on Friday, July 9 to Indiana Farmers Coliseum for the last home game before the Olympic break. 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.