Stephanie Mavunga leads Indiana Fever over Chicago Sky

WNBA 2018: Stephanie Mavunga in the paint during preseason game Chicago Sky vs Indiana Fever at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. (Photo by Andre Hollis / fi360 News)

Indianapolis, Ind – After first few days of camp the Indiana Fever win their preseason opener over the visiting Chicago Sky 79-65 at Bankers Fieldhouse.

The Fever lead from start to finish with rookie Stephanie Mavunga leading all scores with 18 points, and 8 rebounds.

“Steph was tough and strong inside,” said Fever head coach Pokey Chatman, “You know, she’s only 6-3 and Chicago is a pretty big team, but she plays bigger, like she’s 6-4 or 6-5.”

Playing aggressive on offense helped the Fever get to the line going 26-29 free throws attempts, which was 20 more attempted by the Sky.

“We did some good things and we got to the free throw line so that always makes a coach happy,” said Chatman, “but we got them and at this stage of the preseason, that’s what’s important.”

Alexis Peterson dropped 17 points, 10/10 from the free throw line for the Fever.

“I just wanted to come in, play with a lot of energy,” said Peterson, “I’m really excited.”

The Sky were led by Kahleah Copper and Cheyenne Parker with 10 points a piece off the bench.

After dropping their second preseason game, it was common theme about ironing out wrinkles and working on chemistry.

Indiana Fever will travel to DC next to play Washington Mystics on May 12, at 4pm (PST)