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Fever Host the Lynx for Fan Appreciation Night

September 17, 2021 - Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) - Indiana Fever News Release


The Indiana Fever meet the Minnesota Lynx for the third time in seven days on Fan Appreciation Night at Indiana Farmers Coliseum to close out the home portion of the 2021 regular season.

Indiana lost to the Atlanta Dream on Tuesday night, while Minnesota has had the entire week off since the last meeting between the Fever and Lynx on Sunday. Minnesota's three consecutive games played against Indiana is only the third time in WNBA history a team played the same opponent three consecutive regular season games in a row.

On Tuesday at Atlanta with only seven players active to play for the second time this season in a game, the Fever raced out to a double-digit lead in the first half, but Atlanta would move in front with 4:15 remaining in the third quarter and never trailed the rest of the way to win, 85-78.

Kelsey Mitchell, who is now ninth in the WNBA in scoring average, led the Fever with 18 points, continuing her streak of 21 consecutive games scoring in double figures into Friday night. In the 10 games since resuming play following the Olympic break, Mitchell has averaged 18.9 points per game. Mitchell ended Tuesday night surpassing 1,800 career points, making her the fourth player in franchise history to reach the milestone with the Fever.

Teaira McCowan ended with 15 points, 14 rebounds and tied a career-high with five blocked shots. Tuesday night was McCowan's 28th double-double of her career and her 12th this season, which is the most double-double games recorded in a season in her three-year career. McCowan still owns the sixth best field goal percentage in the WNBA this season shooting 54.2 percent.

Lindsay Allen played a career-high 36:59 of game action and finished with 14 points and five assists. Allen has now scored in double figures in five of the last eight games. She only reached 10 points three times prior to this recent scoring streak.

The Lynx enter Friday night after winning seven of its last eight games. The WNBA's all-time leading rebounder, Sylvia Fowles, continues to lead Minnesota for another playoff run in 2021 averaging 10.0 rebounds per game and a league-best 63.5 field goal percentage. Fowles is the only player in the WNBA this season shooting at least 60 percent from the floor.

Napheesa Collier leads the Lynx in scoring averaging 16.2 points per game and also leads the WNBA in minutes per game played at 34.7 minutes per contest. The third year forward from Connecticut joined Fowles as a part of the U.S. Women's National Team that secured a gold medal at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

After battling a knee injury earlier this season, former Fever forward and Notre Dame alumna Natalie Achonwa has played in 19 games in her first season with Minnesota after spending the previous six seasons with the Fever.

Injury Report

Fever: Tiffany Mitchell (questionable; left knee), Jessica Breland (out; left thumb), Danielle Robinson (out; right ankle) Bernadett Határ (out; right ankle), Chelsey Perry (out; right knee), Kysre Gondrezick (out, personal leave)

Lynx: Layshia Clarendon (doubtful; right dibula), Damiris Dantas (out; right foot), Rennia Davis (out; left foot stress fracture)

Broadcast Information

Livestream: FeverBasketball.com and Indiana Fever Facebook Page

TV: CBS Sports Network

Pat Boylan (play-by-play), Tully Bevilaqua (analyst)

Looking Ahead

Fans across the state, as well in Kentucky and Ohio, can tune in for the final regular season game of 2021 on Sunday at FeverBasketball.com and the team's official Facebook page when Indiana takes on the Chicago Sky at 6 p.m. ET.


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