Indianapolis, In – The Phoenix Mercury get their 15th victory of the season at the expense of the Indiana Fever. It took four quarters for them to pull away from the Fever in 101-82 victory.
Every team knows that when you come to Bankers Life Fieldhouse you better be ready for a game. Their record does not fully tell who this gritty team is lead by few Vets with mostly rookies finding their way.
Mercury center Brittany Griner took over the paint and the game leading all scores with 36 points and 12 rebounds.
“We had four paint points in the second half,” Pokey Chatman said. “You can’t do that. I want to give them credit, but I thought we had to make one more pass, penetration and the kick, to get a little closer, feed the paint.
The Fever was led by Candice Dupree 23 points, 9 rebounds to allow her team to hang around for three quarters.
“We just have to be able to sustain it,” Dupree said. “We did that for three quarters. And then in the fourth, I think we just let up a little defensively and settled on offense. We just have to piece it together.”
Dupree also moved into third on the WNBA’s all-time made field goals list, passing Tamika Catchings. She has now make 2,394 shots in her career.
Teams who watch the film know that playing for the full 40 minutes is the hard part for the Fever to do.
So next up for the Fever they will Face off with another giant in a few days as they look to get that next victory.