Indianapolis, In – Inside, outside and at the charity stripe Dallas Wings Skylar Diggins-Smith could not be slow down. She dropped career high 35 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists in the 89-83 victory over the Indiana Fever.
The Wings put together a complete game to keep the Fever out of the win column. With veteran Candice Dupree out with a sore knee let few others players minutes to get better.
The Fever lead the game for the first three quarters appearing to be on their way to a victory.
“It sucks because we’re fighting hard, It may not seem like it,” said Kelsey Mitchell, “And to fall short like that, just hurts.”
Rookie Mitchell led her squad with 26 points, 4 from behind the arc. Four players in all with double digits Tiffany Mitchell with 12 points, Natalie Achonwa 11 points and Stephanie Mavunga 10 points.
“We’re just trying to do anything that we can,” said Mavunga, “We have a really great mindset of getting better, really honing in on our offense and our defense.”
This team is still looking to catch a break, their hard work will give them the break they need soon especially shooting 50% from the field for a half.
“I told the player after the game that’s what effort and fight should look like for 40 minutes, regardless of score and situations,” said Fever coach Pokey Chatman.
When the fourth quarter started the Fever held a three point lead before the Wings took over with defense and scoring.
This is where the Fever needs to have that full mental game to push them till the finish.
I just thought that Indiana came out and really out hustled us tonight. They are really putting things together,” said Wings coach Fred Williams, “They’re better than what their record shows.”
The Fever will travel to New York tomorrow to get ready for a Sunday manatee verse the Liberty and have another chance to get that elusive victory.