Indianapolis, Ind. – It was on June 1, 2000, the Indianapolis Fever played their first game. Now 20 seasons later June 1, 2019, the Fever win their home opener to kick off the 2019 season.
The Fever took control early of the New York Liberty and never looked back in 92-77 victory.
“We got an 11-0 run early, we came out early and played our game, and it worked,” Erica Wheeler said after the win. “Our main focus was to come out and be aggressive on defense and that’s what we did.
The Fever ran a strong offensive against the Liberty, meaning the entire Fever line up scored in the game and contributed to the win. In the third quarter, the home squad led by as much as 28.
Guard Kelsey Mitchell commanded the attention of everyone present in Banker’s Life Fieldhouse. Mitchell scored 23 points in just over 25 minutes. She went 5-7 from outside the circle and 2-2 for foul shots.
Mitchell was one of four teammates that scored in double figures for the team. Guards Tiffany Mitchell and Paris Kea came off the bench to score 11 points, 10 points making their presence felt.
The Liberty was lead by Tina Charles scoring 15 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assist in 22 minutes of play.
The Fever are now 2-1, already indicating improvement on their six-win 2018 season. Morale in the locker room appeared high and after such a powerful performance, the team’s energy didn’t diminish at all.
“It was a good win. A really good win. It’ll put more butts in seats.” Candice Dupree said . Dupree holds the WNBA record of most two-point field goals made.
The Dallas Wings come to Indy Friday night to attempt to make up for a close preseason loss just weeks prior.