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Fever snap losing skid vs. Mystics

Field Level Media
10 Aug 2020, 11:40 GMT+10

Kelsey Mitchell's game-high 29 points led five players in double figures Sunday night as the Indiana Fever snapped a 10-game losing streak to the Washington Mystics with a 91-84 WNBA win in Bradenton, Fla.

Teaira McCowan came off the bench for a 15-point, 11-rebound double-double, helping Indiana (3-4) rack up 24 bench points. Tiffany Mitchell added 14 points, seven boards and four assists. Julie Allemand scored 13 points and Candice Dupree chipped in 10.

The Fever canned 50 percent of their shots from the field and earned a 39-31 advantage on the boards, more than making up for 16 turnovers that led to 22 Washington points. Indiana also converted 25 of 31 at the foul line.

Emma Meesseman pumped in 19 points for the Mystics, 17 in the first half. Reserve Tianna Hawkins hit for 17, Leilani Mitchell added 14 and Myisha Hines-Allen netted 11. In losing its fourth straight game since routing Seattle last week, Washington (3-4) connected on just 37.7 percent of its field-goal tries.

Kiara Leslie's 3-pointer with 3:48 left in the game enabled the Mystics to slice a 15-point deficit to 75-71. But McCowan and Tiffany Mitchell combined for six straight points to help the Fever hold on.

Both teams scored at will in the first quarter, holding a 21-21 tie the two-minute mark. Two free throws by reserve Shey Peddy enabled Washington to head for the second period with a 28-25 edge.

The game stayed on even terms until the midway juncture of the second, at which point Indiana put its stamp on things. Trailing 35-34 after Meesseman's layup at the 5:43 mark, the Fever rattled off a 16-1 run in a 4:59 span, Mitchell's transition bucket capping it and making the score 50-36.

Ahead 52-39 at halftime, Indiana kept the Mystics at arm's length in the third quarter, using a 13-4 run to establish a game-high 16-point lead with just over two minutes left. The Fever settled for a 70-57 cushion going to the fourth period.

--Field Level Media

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