INDIANAPOLIS – The Connecticut Sun played spoiler on Sunday afternoon in a 92-70 win against the Indiana Fever as the 2012 WNBA Champions were honored at Gainbridge Fieldhouse. Players and staff from the greatest team in Fever franchise history were recognized throughout Sunday’s game as Connecticut improved its record to 4-1, while Indiana dropped to 2-6 to start the 2022 season.
Victoria Vivians led the Fever with 15 points and went 5-of-6 from the free throw line. Vivians has now scored at least 15 points in four of the last five games played and is averaging a career-best 11.1 points per game this season.
Sunday was a historic day for the current Indiana Fever as Kelsey Mitchell surpassed 2,000 points for her WNBA career. She is the fourth leading scorer in franchise history and trails 2012 champion Briann January, who sits in third place with 2,244 points in her Fever regular season career. Mitchell entered Sunday as the second leading scorer in the WNBA averaging a career-high 19.7 points per game.
Emily Engstler started her third consecutive game for Indiana and finished with a season-high 11 points to go along with eight rebounds. Queen Egbo added nine points and eight boards as well.
The Fever bench outscored Connecticut, 28-25, led by nine points from Tiffany Mitchell. Indiana also capitalized at the free throw line with its best shooting night from the charity stripe this season going 23-of-27.
For Connecticut, the Sun had a balanced scoring attack as four Sun players finished in double figures. Brionna Jones tied a team-high 18 points and scored her 1,000th career point to join teammates Jasmine Thomas, Jonquel Jones, DeWanna Bonner, Alyssa Thomas and Courtney Williams in the 1,000+ point club.
Sunday was the third straight game the Sun scored 90 or more points. Connecticut only hit the 90-or-more mark twice in the entire 2021 season.
The Fever head up to Chicago for a Commissioner’s Cup matchup against the Sky at 8 p.m. ET on Tuesday.
Tuesday’s game will be streamed on the official Indiana Fever Facebook page in Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio.