Fever lose their focus down the stretch

Breanna Stewart making a move during the Seattle Storm vs Indiana Fever at Bankers Field House on July 24, 2018 Indianapolis Indiana. (photo by Andre Hollis / fi360 News)

Indianapolis, In – The Indiana Fever got hot late in the 4th quarter to pull within eight points at 72-80 with 2:05 left on the clock. Then that lapse of concentration jumped out as the Seattle Storm went on 12-0 run to win 92-72 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

All season this team shows flashes of greatness but just can’t keep the focus for the full 40 minutes of play.

“We didn’t finish the game, we fizzled, and I’m extremely disappointed,” said Fever coach Pokey Chatman.

Seattle was led Breanna Stewart with 26 points, 10 rebounds for her sixth double-double of the season.

This season has been a good learning experience for the Fever rookies.

Kelsey Mitchell had the hot hand scoring 26 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists.

“It speaks volumes to her gift,” said Chatman about Mitchell, “That is the part of her game that will always garner the most attention. But beyond that, I’m happy with the progress she has made in other facets of her game.”

The consistent Fever veteran Candice Dupree knocked down 14 points while pulling down 12 rebounds in losing effort.

“Yeah.  I mean we just kind of gave up the last two minutes,” said Dupree, “We’ve got to be better.  We can’t relax at the end.  Because I think two minutes out we were down by like nine points or something like that and we lose by 20.  So we can’t let that happen.”

The next stop for these teams will be WNBA All-Star break for the first and last place teams at this point in the season.