Indiana Fever shooting guard Kelsey Mitchell was 3 points shy of the WNBA record for points in a quarter with 19 in the 4th Friday night at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. The Fever scored 34 as a group in the frame, which they won by 3, however fell 94-85 to the Connecticut Sun due to the fact that they lost the middle 2 durations by a combined 15.
Diana Taurasi (2006), Brittney Sykes (2019) and Jewell Loyd (2021) have all scored 22 points in a quarter.
The Fever was up to 2-5, while the highly-regarded Sun enhanced to 3-1. K. Mitchell ended up with a game-high 23 points and 5 helps, while Victoria Vivians notched 15 points in defeat and point player Danielle Robinson included 10 points and a game-high 6 assistants.
With simply 4 points through 3, K. Mitchell left all of us questioning what altered so significantly in the last frame.
“I think our pace increased,” she stated. “Our PG (points to Robinson) kind of influenced and imposed her will as far as taking the ball up the floor really fast. And made it her job and her responsibility to make me run faster down the floor. For me it’s just all about seeing one going in. A combination of being patient and understanding schemes and reads.”
“Like (Kelsey) said, I was pushing up the floor,” Robinson stated. “Transition defense is somewhere where we know we can punish them, so I think that was the key. But it starts with getting stops. When we do that, we can just run it up their backs and try and get quick touches for (Kelsey) so she doesn’t have to fight through the double-, triple-team kind of thing. All Kelsey needs is one to go in and the rim gets so big. I’m mad at myself for letting it take that long to get her going. Obviously, she has more touches and looks in the first half I think it’s a different ball game. But proud of our effort tonight and for her to get going like that is still incredible. She’s an All-Star by the way.”
Indiana must feel great about playing Connecticut within single digits. The Sun were No. 2 in our preseason power rankings and had fun with all of their stars Friday night — DeWanna Bonner and Courtney Williams both stood for the 2nd time this season.
With their complete enhance of stars, the Sun are 2-0, with the other win coming over 27 over the New York Liberty. Connecticut required 32 turnovers because video game. It provided Indiana issues too (19 turnovers), however the Fever shot 54 percent from the field, which is incredible. K. Mitchell was 9-of-13 and 7-of-8 on 2s. The Sun shot simply 43.7 percent.
Connecticut comprised the distinction with an 11-of-19 night from the beyond the arc and 10 more made totally free tosses. Indiana made 5 less 3s and tried 16 less nasty shots, though it was a strong 11-of-13 from the stripe.
Things don’t get any simpler for the Fever as they host the Sun next and after that dip into the protecting champ Chicago Sky (2-2), who were initially in our preseason power rankings. Indiana understood 2-2 was absolutely nothing to commemorate and understood that wins are tough to come by in the WNBA no matter how great your group is. It has actually now lost 3 in row, however a minimum of it played a great group close after getting burnt out by an Atlanta Dream group that is still being examined as a competitor or pretender in its previous video game.
As for K. Mitchell, the 26-year-old is 2nd in the league in scoring with 19.7 points per video game and it appears criminal that she has yet to make an All-Star Game after balancing 12.7, 13.6, 17.9 and 17.8 in her very first 4 seasons, respectively. There was no All-Star video game in 2020 when she balanced 17.9.
“I don’t think you’re human, you’re not a professional if you don’t want to be (an All-Star), she said Friday night. “Obviously I want to be, I have aspirations to be. But I’ma take it day by day with my team and let’s just focus on winning and improvement.”
Also in Friday night’s video game, Tiffany Mitchell reached 500 profession rebounds.