WNBA: Kelsey Mitchell now Indiana Fever’s third-leading scorer

The Indiana Fever resisted from the 13-2 Phoenix Mercury run that opened Wednesday night’s video game at the Footprint Center and fought throughout the 2nd quarter. However, that 2nd frame ended with an 11-2 Mercury run that put Phoenix up 6 at the break and the Mercury ultimately ran away with a 99-78 success that dropped the Fever to 5-16.

The Fever needed to have actually seen two-straight video games versus a below .500 and now Tina Charles-less Phoenix group as a great chance to turn a 2-2 stretch into a 4-2 stretch, however great very first quarters in both video games were removed by late collapses. On Monday, the collapse can be found in the last 4:39 and led to a 12-point loss; on Wednesday it came faster, as Indiana tracked by double digits for the last 13:22 and lost by 21.

The point at which the Fever sufficed to 5 on Monday (the 4:39 mark of the 4th) was around the time (4:30) that Diana Taurasi struck a 3 from the best corner to make it a 14-point Mercury lead on Wednesday. It was the very same right-corner 3 that Taurasi had actually made on Monday to increase the result in 14 with 2:16 staying. Phoenix was simply ending up the Fever off a bit faster in the second of back-to-back conferences and it was simply a bit more agonizing.

In both video games, the Fever scored their least quantity of points in the 4th: 13 on Monday and 15 on Wednesday.

“I think we had too many empty possessions,” Kelsey Mitchell stated of the late offending battles on Wednesday. “It was a lot of times where we got to the point where they did miss a shot and when they did, we didn’t convert. It made our offense down the stretch of the game really, really difficult. Our transition was bad, everything was choppy and because it was choppy it was hard to like stay in rhythm and I think that’s what really got us.”

Indiana lost points in the paint 58-32 as Mercury post gamers Reshanda Gray and Brianna Turner went 5-of-5 and 5-of-6 from the field, respectively. After capturing Diana Taurasi on a terrific day for her on Monday, the Fever captured Turner on a bounce-back night in the scoring column for her. Turner completed with a double-double of 11 points and 11 rebounds after taking simply 9 shots from the field and scoring simply 9 points over her previous 4 getaways integrated.

K. Mitchell was once again the crucial brilliant area for the Fever with a game-high 21 points and a team-high 5 helps in her very first look given that the statement of the All-Star reserves came out without including her.

“I was pretty emotional,” Mitchell stated of losing out on the All-Star Game in spite of a terrific analytical start to the season. “I don’t have any ill-will towards the league itself, the gamers that were picked. You understand, undoubtedly best of luck to them and congratulations.

“I think for me it’s like for so long people always tell you to try to better in order to be named (an All-Star) and how to be a part of the conversation. And just when you think you’re making strides, something else kinda like brings you down. It’s unfortunate. I leaned on family a lot these last 24 hours. I think for me it’s just been kinda like understanding that it’s a journey. And hopefully down the stretch or line, I’ll be one. But I think, for me, what’s important is that the people that’s behind me, the people that love me, see me as of value.”

“Not even that you individually worried about yourself or focused on yourself, but, like I said, you just think about how far you’ve come and everything you tried to accomplish. You think about all the hard work and all the blood, sweat and tears you put into it.”

“I think everybody on this team knows that Kelsey deserved to be an All-Star,” stated Fever novice Emily Engstler. “So, technically, finding out is a sad day for her and the entire team. She got robbed. I understand that sometimes in college and the league, you focus on wins. But when an individual player is so consistently good, I think that, whether they’re on a team that might not be winning or not, they deserve to make a list like that.”

Mitchell might not have actually made an All-Star Game through 5 years in the WNBA, however on Wednesday she passed Briann January, who played 9 years with the Fever, for 3rd put on the franchise scoring list.

Mitchell was asked postgame if that achievement softened the blow of not making the All-Star Game.

“Yeah and no. The bottom line is that this league, or any league that you’re in professionally, focuses on winning. And I haven’t done much of that and that’s just the reality. Individually, it kinda like tells you how far you’ve come and where you want to go. So those accolades kinda mean a lot from that standpoint of like the whole ‘keep grinding’ ideal of it. There’s still a lot more to be done. And I think for me it’s just kind of focus on the task at hand, that’s try to win some games.”

“It makes me feel extremely proud and happy to have her,” Fever head coach Carlos Knox stated of the turning point. “Because Kelsey is a non-stop worker. She’s definitely worthy of an All-Star appearance. And she won’t stop. That’s one of the things that I love about her: She does not stop. And she will continue to be better, stronger and really be prideful when it comes to different things on the basketball floor.”

As she has actually now reached 3rd, it deserves having a look at K. Mitchell’s scoring track compared to that of Indiana’s all-time leading scorer Tamika Catchings. Both began dipping into age 22; through 143 video games, Catchings had 2,477 points (17.3 per video game) and K. Mitchell has 2,263 (15.8 per video game). But Catchings began hot with her 2 greatest scoring averages of 18.6 and 19.7 can be found in her very first 2 seasons, respectively. K. Mitchell’s very first 2 scoring averages of 12.7 and 13.6 might be viewed as outliers given that she’s balanced 17.8-plus given that.

Catchings just balanced 17-plus 5 times in 15 seasons; K. Mitchell is on speed to do it for the 3rd time this, her 5th, season. Catchings balanced 18-plus two times and 19-plus the one time. If things hold up this season K. Mitchell will have balanced 18-plus when and 19-plus when, once again in simply 5 seasons. If she plays the very same quantity of profession video games (which most likely won’t all be with the Fever) as Catchings (457), she will require to typical 16.3 points for the rest of her profession to exceed the legend. 17-plus seasons might end up being the standard for K. Mitchell for the foreseeable future. Of course, 16.3 over ten years is not something we ought to even discuss since it takes many things going right to be that helpful for that long. But it’s worth mentioning that it’s within the world of possibility.

And that’s stating a lot for a gamer who has actually never ever been an All-Star.

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