They might be playing the Atlanta Dream, but that does not mean the Fever are not dreamers themselves. The Fever are dreaming of that next win as they face the second half of the season. Their first win of the season came from this very Fieldhouse in downtown Indianapolis. The Fever are actually 14-8 against the Dream at Bankers Life Fieldhouse and have won the past four straight in this series when they meet in Indianapolis. Unfortunately, last night did not add another win to the Fever’s record.
The Fever never gave up hope but those turnovers were costly in this game as the team ended the game with 14 of them. Luckily, the Dream also had 14 turnovers, but they also made 50 percent of their field goals, where the Fever only made 45 percent. Erica Wheeler contributed to their 14 personal fouls with four of her own, leading the team yesterday.
Natalie Achonwa led in the team in points during the second quarter… with three points. Dupree, Tiffany and Kelsey Mitchell all scored two points each, with Vivians not putting up any points. Vivians went 0-2 at the free throw line where T. Mitchell and K. Mitchell each went 1-4. The sooner the Fever could have gotten out of the quarter and reached halftime, the better. They needed to regroup and find a new plan of attack. Whatever happened in the locker room at halftime worked, because the entire game changed.
This game was close in the second half thanks to one woman: Victoria Vivians. She made every free throw she attempted, went 5-7 with the 3 pointers, and 8-12 with the free throws. In addition to all of this, she had another career-high game with 27 points. The last time she had a career-high in points was against the Dream the last time they were in Indiana. Candice Dupree almost caught up to Vivians in the points category with 17 points of her own. The Fever had four players score 10 or more points yesterday.
When you look at the stats, the Fever played a good game. They did have a slow start, but when the second half hit, they just took off with Vivians leading the way. Now that the Fever added another veteran to their roster with Cappie Pondexter, you have to wonder if this losing streak is going to end soon. The Fever will not stop dreaming of the next win, no matter where it comes from.