August 30, 2017 - Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) - Indiana Fever
Indiana Fever vs. Minnesota Lynx
WNBA | Bankers Life Fieldhouse (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Regular Season Game #33, Home Game #16
Wednesday, August 30, 2017
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RECORD HIGH POINTS HIGH REBOUNDS HIGH ASSISTS 1Q 2Q 3Q 4Q OT FINAL
Indiana 9-24 Wheeler - 17 Dupree - 10 Wheeler - 7 27 11 20 11 -- 80
Minnesota 25-7 Moore - 18 Fowles - 13 Augustus/Moore/
Howard - 3 27 11 20 11 -- 69
Indiana attempted just six free throws on the night made only three. Minnesota finished the night 14-for-17 from the line, 82.4 percent. With the win, Minnesota moved one game ahead of Los Angeles (24-8) for first place in the WNBA standings.
The Fever took the lead in the second half as Erica Wheeler sank a three-pointer to give Indiana a 49-47 advantage with 5:30 left in the third quarter, but Minnesota countered with a 13-4 run to push their advantage back to seven points at 60-53. Indiana closed its deficit to one point with a free throw to open the fourth quarter, but Minnesota put the game out of reach with a 19-4 run to give the Lynx their largest lead of the night at 79-63. Indiana finished the fourth quarter shooting just 4-for-18 from the field.
Indiana has now lost 17 of its last 19 games dating back to July 1. The Fever have lost eight of their last nine home games as they fell to 6-10 inside Bankers Life Fieldhouse this season. Candice Dupree posted her third double-double in an Indiana uniform with 15 points and 10 assists. Erica Wheeler led the Fever with 17 points and seven assists. Rookie Jennie Simms posted her highest-scoring game of her WNBA career with nine points in 25 minutes off the bench.
Maya Moore led the Lynx with 18 points on 6-for-11 shooting. Sylvia Fowles posted a double-double with 12 points and a game-high 13 rebounds. With two games left to play, the Lynx will look to lock up home court advantage throughout the WNBA playoffs with a pair of home games this weekend against Chicago Saturday, and Washington Sunday.
Minnesota took the season series over Indiana, 2-1, and avenged an 84-82 road loss at Indiana on Aug. 6.
Quoting Fever Head Coach Pokey Chatman
"We battled physically and mentally on both sides of the basketball tonight, and we did well at handling some adversity. I never thought we got rattled and shrunk. I was proud of our people for battling with their heads and their hearts. Don't misunderstand me, a coach is never satisfied with a loss, but when you're playing the best team in the league and you've been struggling like we have, sometimes the smaller battles matter. I thought we were really tight on the boards, in fact, I thought we won that until I looked at the stat sheet (Minnesota, 31-30). We shot the ball well and we kept our intensity. We limited our turnovers and we never let [the Lynx] go on a big run like last time we played. We fought and we stayed composed. We got better. I thought we improved ourselves tonight."
Quoting the Fever's Candice Dupree
(How important to come out tonight perform better than we did at Minnesota?)
"I mean I thought we played well. We played aggressive. We matched the physicality on the defensive end of the floor, and we made the work. They didn't get a whole lot of easy shots. Made (Sylvia Fowles) work for her points that she got. But we played hard I just think that the fourth quarter, a two-minute stretch, they went on a 10-0 run. It shows that we can compete with them. There is no reason why we should have gotten blown out by 60 the last time we played them."
Quoting the Fever's Erica Wheeler
(How difficult is it to get on the same page with a depleted lineup?)
" I mean it's difficult but we still have five players that have been here. Just executing things. I think we'll be fine for Saturday, just to execute things and buy in to things."
(On coming out strong after losing to the Lynx by 50+ points)
"Nobody wants to lose by 50-some points. So I think it was a pride thing tonight to come out aggressive and just give everything we have. Our season is over but that doesn't mean we stop playing. And I think that's what we showed tonight, that we are just not going to back down. I think we came out fighting."
Quoting Lynx Head Coach Cheryl Reeve
(On the victory tonight and maintaining the Number One seed)
"What we just talked about was our goal was to win this game. We're not thinking about the home games that we have to close out our season. Obviously, we're on a mission to accomplish a goal that we're in control of, in terms of our own destiny. Winning this game, which was a hard game for us. We had to really start the fourth quarter and really commit to our defense. I thought it gave us the separation. So winning the game. We're happy to get win number 25."
Quoting the Lynx Seimone Augustus
"Obviously we expected them to come out a little better than they did the last time we played them. We tried to establish ourselves early, as far as being aggressive, attacking the basket, getting points in the paint, and also limiting getting their points in the paint. Erica Wheeler is a very tough guard for anybody to be able to defend. And her and Candice Dupree in a pick and roll situation is about as tough you can with a guard that can get to the paint and a post player that can shoot as well as Candice can. We just wanted to try and make it tough tonight but also put pressure on them on the defensive end, as far as being aggressive, trying to get the ball inside and playing off of defensive turnovers."
Quoting the Lynx Maya Moore
"Indy started out really hot, making shots, playing with a lot of pace. Not the first five minutes we would have liked defensively. Not that we were terrible, but just didn't do enough to really slow them down. Ended up getting that lead at half. I thought ball movement was much better than our last game. Just collectively sticking to the game plan defensively, playing team defense. Our activity was great and I think it caused a lot of disruption, especially in the second half and fourth quarter for us. We were able to pull ahead with putting together consecutive stops going into the fourth. Our bench was great, picking it up, sharing the ball, being aggressive in transition. So just proud of everyone. It was a good team win."