The Indiana Fever dropped their second game in a row Tuesday night against the Los Angeles Sparks. The 86-78 loss gave the Fever a 4-8 record at home this season tying them with the Sparks for the worst home record in the league.
The Fever started off hot with a 27-17 lead in the first quarter and maintained a ten-point advantage with a 46-36 score at halftime. However, the Fever struggled to contain the Sparks most notably All-Star Candace Parker. Parker finished the game with 34 points with 24 of those points coming in the second half.
"You have to give Parker credit," said Fever head coach Lin Dunn to a group of reporters after the game. "She pretty much individually beat us all in the second half."
The Fever have struggled to close games this season, often giving up halftime leads in the second half, a point All-Star Tamika Catchings emphasized to reporters after the game.
"We just have to go out and be more consistent; we have to play a 40-minute game," Catchings said. "We can't play 20 minutes, [we] can't play 30 minutes, [we] can't play 35 we got to play 40 minutes."
Catchings lead the team in scoring with 25 points in only her fifth game back from her back injury. Indiana is 2-3 with Catchings in the lineup this season.
The Fever's next game will be against the Chicago Sky at 7 p.m. July 17 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. It will be their last game before the 2014 WNBA All-Star Game. The game tips-off at 3:30 p.m. on July 19 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Fever's Tamika Catchings and Briann January will be representing the Eastern Conference squad in Saturday night's game.