Game Preview: Fever Look to Secure Win Over Connecticut

The Indiana Fever conclude the regular season series with the Connecticut Sun at Indiana Farmers Coliseum on Saturday afternoon.

A second half rally from the Fever fell short on Thursday night in an 86-80 loss against the Sun. Indiana held Connecticut to only 31 points in the second half, which is the second fewest points scored by a Fever opponent in the second half all year.

Indiana reduced the Connecticut lead to eight heading into the fourth quarter, but could not get within a smaller margin until the final seconds in regulation of the second regular season matchup between the two teams.

Kelsey Mitchell led the Fever with her 26th career game scoring at least 20 points on 7-of-11 shooting and a 6-of-6 clip from the free throw line. Thirteen of Mitchell’s 21 points came in the second half.

Tiffany Mitchell extended her scoring streak in double figures to nine straight games on Thursday night, which is the longest streak of her career. She ended the night with 18 points on 6-of-10 shooting. Mitchell’s lone made 3-point field goal in the first half was her 100th made from beyond the arc in her career.

Danielle Robinson ended the night with 10 points and a season-high seven assists. The seven assists were also the most by a Fever player in a game this season. Jantel Lavender also added a career-high six assists.

Indiana used the fifth different starting lineup this year as rookie center Bernadett Határ was inserted as a starter for the first time in her career. Chelsey Perry came off the bench for the first time after being signed by the Fever on Tuesday to finish with four points. Rookie guard Aaliyah Wilson also made her first field goal of her career.

Connecticut was fueled on Thursday night by its All-Star frontcourt of Brionna Jones, who finished with a career-high 34 points, Jonquel Jones and DeWanna Bonner. The trio combined for 67 of the team’s 86 points and pulled down 18 of Connecticut’s 29 rebounds.

Injury Report 
Fever: Jessica Breland (questionable; right knee)
Sun: Alyssa Thomas (out; achilles)

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

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The Fever will 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.