INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Fever held on for the overtime win at the New York Liberty on Friday night, 92-86, at Barclays Center. It was the first win in overtime for the Fever since 2015 and also the first overtime game played dating back to the 2019 season.
Indiana set a new franchise record with 57 rebounds on the night surpassing the old mark of 50, which was set against the Detroit Shock on September 4, 2009.
The Baylor rookie-frontcourt tandem of NaLyssa Smith and Queen Egbo controlled the glass and set their own history on Friday night. Smith’s 17 rebounds and Egbo’s 14 boards combined for the most rebounds corralled by two rookies on the same team in a game in WNBA history with 31. Smith finished with her second double-double performance of her career adding 12 points, while Egbo tallied eight points and two blocked shots.
Kelsey Mitchell led the Fever in scoring for the third time this season with 24 points on 8-of-22 shooting and a perfect 6-of-6 clip from the free throw line. Friday was Mitchell’s 36th career game finishing with at least 20 points and also added to her league-leading 27th consecutive game scoring in double figures.
Victoria Vivians earned the starting nod and finished with her fourth 20-point scoring effort in her career, which were all previously recorded in her rookie season in 2018.
In Danielle Robinson’s first game back since returning from overseas play in Turkey, the 11-year veteran finished with 17 points and eight rebounds.
New York was led by the second career 30-point performance from Sabrina Ionescu to go along with a game-high seven assists. Ionescu’s long 3-point field goal with 14 seconds in regulation tied the game at 76 to eventually send the game to the overtime period. Betnijah Laney and Stefanie Dolson also scored 16 and 12 points each.
The Fever return to Gainbridge Fieldhouse to meet the Atlanta Dream for a pair of home games on Sunday and Tuesday. Both games will be streamed on the official Indiana Fever Facebook page in Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio.