Fever fall short to Mercury

 

The

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.

The

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.

The

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

Lynx

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

Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

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