WNBA game recap: Sky take down Fever in battle of Midwest teams

Chicago captures first home win of season

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The Chicago Sky held on in the fourth quarter to snap a seven-game losing streak with a 92-76 win against the Indiana Fever.

After trailing by as much as 17 in the first half, Indiana reduced the Chicago lead to 62-58 just before the end of the third quarter on Wednesday’s Commissioner’s Cup matchup, but the Sky closed the quarter on a 7-0 run heading into the quarter break.

Indiana was once again able to pull within single digits, but Chicago’s 7-of-17 shooting from the floor and an 8-of-10 clip from the free throw line in the final quarter held off Indiana in the first of three regular season meetings.

Kelsey Mitchell led all scorers with a season-high 24 points shooting over 50 percent from beyond the arc. Tiffany Mitchell also set a new season-high with 20 points on 50 percent from the field and 100 percent from the free throw line.

Indiana as a team was also perfect from the charity stripe going 10-of-10 on the night. Jantel Lavender played her first game back in Chicago, after signing as a free agent this offseason with the Fever, to finish with a season-high 14 points and seven rebounds.

For Chicago, Courtney Vandersloot led the Sky with 17 points and a game-high nine assists along with Diamond DeShields who scored nine points and five rebounds.

Candace Parker returned to make her home debut, but was held to only three points and five rebounds.

The 92 points scored by the Sky was a new season-high and had five players score in double-figures in the win.

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