In honor of survivors and those fighting Breast Cancer, the Indiana Fever donned their pink uniforms as they hosted the Chicago Sky in support of Breast Health Awareness night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Coming into the match-up, both teams were tied at 8-16 overall, looking to put an end to their recent slumps as Chicago had dropped three games straight, and Indiana four. With the Sky and Fever just two games behind Atlanta for the eighth and final playoff spot, this game would be all the more important. As evidenced in the first quarter, both teams were hungry for a win as players played with a sense of urgency, trading bucket for bucket. Fever center Natalie Achonwa came out with back-to-back shots to get the squad going, but Sky guard Allie Quigley was there to answer with a triple. Moving the ball well on offense and forcing their opponent into turnovers on defense, the Fever finished the first quarter up, 20-16.
Fighting for a spot in the playoffs and to avoid a season series sweep by Indiana, Chicago caught fire and went on a 17-4 run with just 3:47 left in the second. Erica Wheeler went one for three from downtown hitting her only triple to close out the half, as the Fever trailed 40-33. The second half would be a scrap as both teams kept at each other not wanting to give in. Indiana’s Candice Dupree hit a pull-up jumper to end the third putting the Fever down by one to start the fourth (54-53). Taking advantage of a series of turnovers by the Fever, Chicago capitalized and pulled away leading 70-58 with 5:40 left in the game. Jazmon Gwathmey nailed an open 3-pointer to pull Indiana to 76-70 with 1:14 left, but it wouldn’t be enough to get them over.
Led by Courtney Vandersloot who scored 18 points and dished out 10 assists, the Sky hold on to win 81-70 on the road. Allie Quigley and Kahleah Copper finish with 15 and 13 points, respectively as Chicago improves to 9-16 overall.
Indiana drops to 8-17 losing their fifth straight as they get ready for another homer against the Minnesota Lynx on Sunday. Dupree finished with 18 points, while Achonwa added 14.