INDIANAPOLIS – Fever guard Lindsay Allen finished with a career-high 15 points as Indiana fell to the Phoenix Mercury, 86-81, on Monday night. On top of her career-high scoring total, Allen added career bests in field goals made (7), field goals attempted (19) and minutes played (35:23). Her nine points in the first quarter alone were the most ever scored in a single quarter in her fourth WNBA season. Allen also added a season-high seven assists.
After trailing by as much as 18 early in the fourth quarter, Indiana used a 21-7 run to reduce the deficit, but were unable to regain a late lead and halt the Mercury winning streak. Phoenix has now won all nine games since resuming play after the Olympic break.
Kelsey Mitchell finished with her 31st career 20-point game, leading the Fever with 23 points on 9-of-17 shooting. Monday was also the 18th straight game scoring in double figures for Mitchell this season.
Teaira McCowan added her 11th double-double of the season with 13 points and 16 rebounds. It was also her team-leading 27th double-double of her career.
Victoria Vivians came off the bench to end with 13 points on 3-of-5 shooting from 3-point range. Monday was her seventh game this season scoring in double figures. Tiffany Mitchell continued to lead from the charity stripe going 7-of-7 for her 11 points. Mitchell has now scored in double figures in 17 of the last 18 games.
For Phoenix, Western Conference Player of the Week Brittney Griner added 15 of her 21 points in the first half and pulled down 10 rebounds. Despite suffering an ankle injury late in the game, Diana Taurasi concluded her night with 11 points and a team-high six assists. Kia Nurse also added 19 points.
The Fever head out to face the Minnesota Lynx for two games beginning Friday at 8 p.m. ET. Fans can tune in to Friday’s game on FeverBasketball.com and the Indiana Fever’s Facebook page.