The Indiana Fever have three wins this season, two of them consecutively heading into Sunday’s game at the struggling Atlanta Dream.
The Fever (3-16) will try to string together three straight wins heading into the Olympic break. The WNBA season will not resume until Aug. 15.
Atlanta (6-12) will try to go into the break on a positive note after losing six of its last seven games and 10 of its last 12.
Indiana is coming off wins at home against the Connecticut Sun 73-67 on July 3 and the New York Liberty 82-69 on Friday.
Kelsey Mitchell led the Fever with 20 points and had five assists against the Liberty. Danielle Robinson had 18 points on 6-of-10 shooting and also recorded five assists.
The Fever’s defense limited New York to 39.4 percent shooting from the field, including 26.1 percent from 3-point range.
“I’m going to be greedy and say I love all of it,” Indiana coach Marianne Stanley said of the consecutive wins. “But I’m really happy with our defense. We have known since the beginning of the season that we were going to have to defend, and early it was a struggle for us. These last couple of games, when we needed stops, we got them.”
Indiana and Atlanta have not met since the Dream traveled to Indianapolis on May 21 and won 83-79.
Much has changed since then, especially for Atlanta, which tipped off a four-game winning streak with that victory.
Chennedy Carter led the Dream in scoring against Indiana with 23 points. She will not play Sunday. She will serve the second game of her suspension for conduct detrimental to the team.
Carter missed Friday’s 84-72 loss at Connecticut after reportedly getting into a verbal altercation with Courtney Williams in the previous game at Las Vegas. She is expected to return after the Olympic break.
“Building a winning culture means holding ourselves accountable as a team,” co-owner and former Dream guard Renee Montgomery said in a tweet. “As we grow through situations, we will work towards helping our players in all aspects. No need to panic, it’s part of the grind.”
The Dream were outrebounded 38-28 against Connecticut and they allowed the Sun to shoot 51.5 percent from the field.
–Field Level Media
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