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First-quarter surge sends Fever past Dream

Field Level Media
03 Aug 2020, 07:55 GMT+10

A 30-point first quarter put the Indiana Fever ahead to stay Sunday en route to a 93-77 victory over the Atlanta Dream in a game played in Bradenton, Fla.

Four starters reached double figures for Indiana (2-2), led by Kelsey Mitchell's game-high 23 points. Candice Dupree scored 21 points and dished out five assists, while Teaira McCowan contributed 12 points. Julie Allemand had 10 points, nine assists and seven rebounds.

Courtney Williams came off the bench to score 18 points for Atlanta (2-2), while Elizabeth Williams and Chennedy Carter pitched in 15 apiece. Betnijah Laney contributed 13 points, six assists and five rebounds.

In a game where both teams made at least 47 percent of their field goal attempts, the Fever won because of their fast start and foul shooting. They led for the final 34:15, and they were 17 of 21 at the free throw line. The Dream got just eight attempts, making seven.

Coming off a win Friday night against New York in which Laney pumped in a career-high 30 points, Atlanta raced out to a 10-0 lead less than three minutes into the game. Carter capped the run with a 3-point play.

But Indiana's response was quick and decisive. It rattled off the next 11 points, with Dupree's layup giving it a one-point lead at the 5:19 mark.

The Fever kept on converting for the quarter's remainder, with Allemand's layup with 4.8 seconds left giving it a seven-point lead.

The margin reached 16 when Tiffany Mitchell's 3-point play with 5:25 left in the half upped the score to 41-25. The Dream tightened up defensively for the half's remainder, pulling within 47-39 at intermission.

Atlanta got as close as 53-48 midway through the third quarter on a 3-pointer by Shekinna Stricklen, but Indiana had the answers when needed. The Fever gradually pulled away over the game's final eight minutes, scoring on 12 of their final 13 possessions.

Indiana drew assists on 26 of its 34 made buckets.

--Field Level Media

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