Game Recap: Fever Fall at Home on Tuesday Night to Sparks

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Fever fell, 88-82, to the Los Angeles Sparks on Tuesday night at Gainbridge Fieldhouse. Despite the Fever’s 11-0 run to begin the second half and take a six-point lead, Los Angeles responded with a 28-8 run of its own late in the second half to earn its first road win of the regular season.

Fever rookie guard Caitlin Clark ended the night with a career-high 30 points. Clark’s 30-point performance was two points shy of tying Tamika Catchings for the most points scored by a Fever rookie in a regular season game. Additionally, Clark shot 13-of-15 from the free throw line and tallied six assists, five rebounds, three blocks and three steals. According to Across The Timeline, Clark is the first rookie in WNBA history to record at least 30 points, five assists, five rebounds, three steals and three blocks in a regular season game.

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Fever center Aliyah Boston tied a season-high 17 points scored, all in the second half, and went 2-of-2 from beyond the arc, 5-of-6 from the free throw line on top of pulling down six rebounds.

On Tuesday night, Fever guard Kelsey Mitchell passed two-time WNBA Champion and former Fever guard Cappie Pondexter for 20th all-time in made 3-point field goals. Pondexter ended her career with 464 made from beyond the arc. Mitchell ended the night with 465 made 3-point field goals heading into Thursday night. Ten of Mitchell’s 15 points came in the third quarter and she also added two assists. Fever center Temi Fagbenle got her second start of the season and posted six points with seven rebounds. Guard Kristy Wallace helped with four steals, three rebounds, three assists and one block.

Indiana outscored Los Angeles in paint points (26-22), second chance points (17-12) while also notching a season-high 12 steals. The Fever made more free throws (20) and attempted more free throws (25) than in any other game this season.

In the win, Los Angeles shot 14-of-23 from 3-point range, including a 10-of-13 clip from beyond the arc in the second half. Sparks guard Kia Nurse led Los Angeles with 22 points and guard Aari McDonald followed off the bench with 21 points, four assists, and two rebounds. Sparks forward Dearica Hamby recorded 17 points and 10 rebounds for her fifth double-double of the season. Sparks rookie forward Cameron Brink was limited to only three points, three rebounds and two blocks in the win.

The Fever host the Seattle Storm on Thursday at 7 p.m. ET. Thursday’s game will be broadcast on WTHR Channel 13 and Prime Video.