INDIANAPOLIS – In front of a raucous crowd at Indiana Farmers Coliseum, the Indiana Fever pulled away from the New York Liberty on Friday night for an 82-69 victory. Friday’s win was the second consecutive victory for the Fever, which has not occurred since consecutive wins happened on September 6 and September 8 to conclude the 2019 regular season.
Kelsey Mitchell ended with a team-high 20 points for her 27th career game reaching the 20-point plateau. Mitchell added five assists to tie her season-high.
Danielle Robinson continued to be a tremendous asset on the offensive end with 18 points to also go along with five assists as well. Over the last five games, Robinson is averaging 14.8 points per game.
Rookie guard Aaliyah Wilson was the first Fever reserve to see the court on Friday night and played a new career-high with more than 18 minutes logged. Teaira McCowan came off the bench to finish with 15 points, nine rebounds and four blocks. McCowan’s four blocks ties the most shots rejected by a Fever player in a game this season. Rookie forward Chelsey Perry also knocked down her first 3-point field goal of her young career.
Jantel Lavender returned to the starting lineup to finish with 10 points. Tiffany Mitchell added her own 10 points as well.
The Fever defense clamped down on the opposition for a second straight game forcing 20 Liberty turnovers. Indiana committed only eight turnovers, good for the second fewest by the Fever in a game this season. The 12 points from New York in the third quarter were the fewest points scored by the Liberty in the opening 10 minutes out of intermission all season. The best 3-point shooting team in the WNBA was held to a 6-of-23 shooting clip from beyond the arc.
For New York, Betnijah Laney scored 13 of her game-high 23 points in the first quarter, but was held to 3-of-12 shooting after the first quarter. Kylee Shook finished with 13 points, while Sami Whitcomb ended the night with 10 on 2-of-7 shooting from outside.
The Fever conclude its regular season schedule before the Olympic break on Sunday at 5 p.m. ET at the Atlanta Dream. Sunday’s game will be available for viewing on FeverBasketball.com and the Indiana Fever’s Facebook page.