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.

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