All five Indiana Fever starters scored in double figures, led by Teaira McCowan’s 21 points and 14 rebounds, in a 79-68 win Sunday over the host Atlanta Dream that notched their third straight win before the Olympic break after a 1-16 start.
The Fever (4-16) have the momentum of consecutive wins over the Connecticut Sun, New York Liberty and Atlanta going into the break. The season will not resume until Aug. 15.
Atlanta (6-13) lost seven of its last eight games and 11 of its last 13 going into the break.
Tiffany Mitchell had 14 points and eight rebounds and Danielle Robinson added 12 points and nine assists. Kelsey Mitchell also had 11 points and Jessica Breland 10 for Indiana.
Odyssey Sims (20 points) and Crystal Bradford (14) were the only scorers in double figures for Atlanta.
Sims and Bradford were key to Atlanta trailing by only 42-40 after the first half.
Sims scored 15 points in the first half while making all seven her field goal attempts. Bradford went 4 of 6 from the field and had 10 points.
Indiana built its lead to as many as seven points in the third quarter, but Atlanta continuously answered back thanks to the Fever’s six turnovers in the period.
The Fever opened the fourth quarter with a 10-0 run to open a 77-60 lead with 3:53 remaining.
Atlanta missed its first 13 shots from the field in the fourth quarter before rookie Aari McDonald made a 3-pointer with 2:08 left to cut Indiana’s lead to 77-64.
It was also Atlanta’s first made shot from beyond the arc in the game. The Dream finished 1 of 13 from that range and 27 of 76 overall (35.5 percent).
Indiana and Atlanta had not met since the Dream traveled to Indianapolis on May 21 and won 83-79.
Chennedy Carter, who led Atlanta with 23 points in that game, did not play Sunday because she served the second game of her suspension for conduct detrimental to the team.
–Field Level Media
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