Sims helps Lynx edge Fever
INDIANAPOLIS -- Odyssey Sims led all scorers with 25 points, including six from free throws with less than 30 seconds remaining, and had five steals in Minnesota's 78-74 win over Indiana at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Tuesday, June 25.
Minnesota has won consecutive games after losing four straight games. In that four-game skid, the Lynx lost each game by six points or less.
Napheesa Collier added 16 points and Damiris Dantas had 15 for Minnesota. Sylvia Fowles also had nine points and 11 rebounds.
The Fever were led by Kelsey Mitchell's 17 points.
Indiana, which trailed by 22 points at one point, opened the fourth quarter on an 11-1 run to take a 63-61 lead on a Mitchell 3-pointer with 6:07 left. The torrid start of the fourth quarter for the Fever was an extension of the third quarter in which Indiana outscored Minnesota 29-17.
The Lynx responded by scoring 10 unanswered points to take a 71-63 lead with 2:40 left in regulation on a 3-pointer by Dantas, her second shot from beyond the arc in the run. Indiana suddenly went cold in that stretch missing seven shots and committing three turnovers.
Mitchell ended the drought with a jump shot and followed that on the next possession with a 3-pointer to cut the lead to 71-68 with 1:38 remaining. Indiana had two chances to cut into the lead or tie the game but committed a turnover and Natalie Achonwa missed a layup.
Sims put Minnesota ahead 73-68 with two free throws with 29.1 seconds left. Sims made two more free throws after another Indiana turnover. The Fever could not get closer than four points afterward.
Minnesota, which led 43-23 at halftime behind Sims' 13 points, shot 50 percent from the field in the first half while holding Indiana to 25.7 percent. The 23 points is a season-low against the Lynx in a half.
Sims and Collier combined to outscore the Fever in the first half with 24 points on 9-of-15 shooting. The Fever as a team made nine shots in the half on 35 attempts.