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WNBA: Balanced Fever beat Mystics for first win

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Kelsey Mitchell had 18 points to lead a balanced attack and the Indiana Fever won their first game this season by downing the Washington Mystics, 89-77, in Indianapolis on Sunday.

Teaira McCowan and Jessica Breland contributed 17 points and 10 rebounds apiece and also combined for eight assists for the Fever (1-4). Danielle Robinson added 13 points and six assists for Indiana, which pulled away by outscoring Washington 27-13 in the third quarter. Victoria Vivians chipped in 11 points off the bench as the Fever shot 51.6 percent from the field.

Tina Charles led Washington (1-3) with 31 points and nine rebounds. Ariel Atkins supplied 16 points and four assists, while Erica McCall added 10 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Washington was held to 38.6 percent shooting.

Indiana led 20-17 after the first quarter and 42-39 at halftime. McCowan topped the Fever with 12 points and seven rebounds before the break.

Indiana had a 12-point lead with 3:38 remaining in the half when Breland made a layup. The Mystics finished it with a 13-4 run, using the long ball to get back in the game. Charles started it with a 3-pointer and Atkins knocked down a pair during that span.

Washington took the lead 45-44 with 8:11 left in the third when Charles made another 3-pointer. The Fever roared back as Mitchell scored eight points during a 15-2 run. Mitchell hit two 3-pointers during that stretch and Robinson capped it off with a steal and a fast-break layup to make it 59-47.

The Fever also scored the last four points of the quarter and carried a 69-52 lead into the fourth quarter.

The Mystics pulled within 72-63 midway through the fourth when Charles made two free throws. The Fever refused to allow Washington to get any closer, as they answered every Mystics score with one of their own.

McCall’s layup with 1:11 remaining made it an eight-point game again at 85-77, but Indiana then closed out the much-needed victory with four free throws.

–Field Level Media

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