BRADENTON, Fla. – In the first quarter of Saturday’s season-opening matchup against the Washington Mystics on Saturday night, Fever forward Candice Dupree became the fifth leading scorer in WNBA history. Dupree finished with 13 points and trails only Diana Taurasi, Tina Thompson, Fever Vice President of Basketball Operations and General Manager, Tamika Catchings, as well as Cappie Pondexter on the all-time list.
The 15-year veteran has poured in 1,358 of her 6,465 career points since joining the Indiana Fever ahead of the 2017 season.
Despite holding onto a brief first-quarter lead, the Fever (0-1) dropped the first game of the abbreviated season, 101-76. Indiana built defensive momentum at the end of the contest keeping Washington scoreless for the first five minutes of action in the fourth quarter. The Mystics were held to only nine points in the final 10-minute interval.
After setting a franchise scoring record her last time out to conclude the 2019 season, Kelsey Mitchell led the Fever with 25 points on 5-of-7 shooting from outside in her first game of the season. Tiffany Mitchell added 15 points on 6-of-14 shooting and swiped two steals in her 2020 debut.
Julie Allemand made her WNBA debut in the starting lineup at point guard to contribute eight points and went 2-of-2 from beyond the arc and played a game-high 31:34. Fellow rookie guard Kathleen Doyle did not play due to a right ankle injury suffered in practice earlier this week.
Fever Head Coach Marianne Stanley was also awarded her championship ring from her former team moments before tip-off tonight. Stanley served as an assistant coach with Washington from 2010-19, as well as in 2001. Stanley also served as Mystics’ head coach from 2002-03.
The Fever will wait until Wednesday for a matchup against the Phoenix Mercury at 7 p.m. At no cost to fans, Wednesday’s game can be streamed at FeverBasketball.com, on the Indiana Fever’s Facebook page, or via the Fever app.