BRADENTON, Fla. – Phoenix avoided a season sweep against the Indiana Fever on Thursday night as the Mercury won 105-81.
Fever forward Candice Dupree moved up the WNBA record books in career games played on Thursday by appearing in her 464th career game. Dupree moved ahead of Tangela Smith for sole possession of seventh all-time in WNBA history. She pitched in 14 points, five assists and four rebounds.
Led by 16 points from Kelsey Mitchell, five Fever players ended the night in double figures. Thursday was the 10th game this season Mitchell led the Fever in scoring.
Rookie guard Kamiah Smalls tied a WNBA rookie record for the most three-point shots made without a miss to start a career with Lindsey Yamasaki, which was set in 2002. Smalls went 1-for-2 from 3-point range to end her perfect shooting clip at 5-for-5 to start her career.
Rookie of the year hopeful, Julie Allemand, added 10 points, five rebounds and three assists against one of the best backcourt tandems in the WNBA. The fifth leading 3-point shooter in the WNBA went 2-for-4 from beyond the arc on Thursday. Allemand is now 32-for-70 from 3-point range this season.
Tiffany Mitchell and Teaira McCowan came off the bench to add 14 and 12 points each, and combined for 13 rebounds.
Skylar Diggins-Smith led all scorers with 28 points and eight assists for Phoenix. Diana Taurasi poured in 27 points on 8-for-13 shooting from beyond the arc, which was one shy of tying Kelsey Mitchell’s WNBA record of most 3-point field goals made in a game.
Brianna Turner ended her night with 16 points and 12 rebounds.
The Fever take on the Connecticut Sun on Saturday at 4 p.m. ET. Thursday’s game will also be streamed on FeverBasketball.com, the Indiana Fever’s Facebook page and via the Fever app. Fans can also watch on FOX Sports Indiana.