Indianapolis—Wednesday night’s showdown between the Indiana Fever and Seattle Storm was one for the rookies with the Fever winning 85-75. After two consecutive losses on the road, the Hoosier women were ready to get back to their home court.
It was a slow start for the Fever with the Storm ahead by seven but the team was able to quickly bounce back into the game. Marissa Coleman showed her strengths with 7 points bringing the team ahead to start the second quarter. Rookie Brene Mosley and veteran Tamika Catchings both put points on the board early.
By the end of the first half, the Storm saw themselves down by 13 points. The 51-38 lead was dominated with Tiffany Mitchell and Lynetta Kizer guiding the team.
Indiana had the largest lead of the night at 22 points before easing their way into their 85-75 victory.
Seven year veteran, Briann January made her return to the court after recovering from an offseason knee surgery. January joined her team on the floor in the remainder of the first quarter with a standing ovation from the crowd.
Coach Stephanie White had this to say about January coming back to the court, “It was nice. It’s always great having Bri back. I think one of the things that she does is she is a calming factor for our team. She comes on the floor and everybody sort of feels a little more at ease because she understands what we’re trying to get on the offense.”
Both Tiffany Mitchell (19 points) and Lynetta Kizer (20 points) scored career-highs. “Just being aggressive, that’s something I wanted to focus on this week in practice for the couple days we had, really being aggressive with the guards. And it paid off today,” Kizer had to say after the game.
The Fever and the Storm entered Wednesday’s game with an identical record of 2-3, with the conclusion bringing the Fever back to a .500 for the 2016 season.
On Friday June 3, the Fever will travel to New York to take on the Liberty, with a following game Sunday against Connecticut.