3rd-quarter explosion pushes Indiana Fever past Chicago Sky

Indiana's NaLyssa Smith shoots during warmups as the Indiana Fever host the Chicago Sky in a preseason game at Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis on April 30, 2022.

The Indiana Fever took down the reigning WNBA champs Chicago Sky 89-87 on Sunday afternoon. Indiana came back from a 13-point halftime deficit by scoring a season-high 35 points in the third quarter.

NaLyssa Smith brought out a career performance for the upset, scoring 26 points and recording a fourth career double-double. Kelsey Mitchell neared a double-double with 13 points and 9 assists.

Rookie Lexie Hull also notched a career-high in scoring with 10 points. Newcomer Emma Cannon also showed out with 11 points on 5-of-10 shooting.

The Fever came out with high energy, scoring the first couple of baskets while pushing the pace. As the Sky’s defense tightened up, Chicago got its offense flowing. Both teams were getting strong looks inside and traded layups through the first half of the quarter.

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