Fever fall short to Mercury



Indiana Fever

dropped their second game on their Western Conference road trip as they

fell to the Phoenix Mercury

69-79. Saturday night's loss dropped Indiana to 13-15 on the season,

placing them second place in the Eastern Conference.


two teams traded blows through the first half exchanging leads back and forth.

However, Phoenix scrapped to the top taking a five-point lead into halftime.


second half was more of the same with the two teams going back-and-forth with the lead. The Fever eventually tied 63-61 with just a little over seven minutes remaining in the

game. The Mercury then went on a 18-6 run to close out the game.

"I thought we had a chance down the

stretch, but we missed 2-3 wide open shots," said Fever coach Lin Dunn. "You

have to keep scoring against [Phoenix]. We put ourselves in a position to steal

one against the league's best team, on the road. What you worry about is not

getting shots; but that wasn't the case."

Four Fever players scored double

figures, but the team was hurt by an uncharacteristic 0-10 shooting night from

All-Star Tamika Catchings. For the Mercury,

All-Star Brittney Griner finished with 17 points and Diana Taurasi added 15.

The Fever's

next game is at home against MVP candidate Maya Moore and the Minnesota


. Tipoff time is 7 p.m. on Aug 5 at

Bankers Life Fieldhouse.


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