Fever’s Thrilling Comeback: How Indiana fever Stunned the WNBA’s Best

For several years the Indiana Fever have been the underdogs of the WNBA (Women's National Basketball Association). They had a series of tough seasons with key players injured and a young team trying to find its way. Criticizers were quick to write them off as a team in rebuild mode with no chance of making a big impact in the competitive league.

Fever’s Thrilling Comeback How Indiana Stunned the WNBA’s Best
How Indiana Stunned the WNBA’s Best

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Key Stats of the Struggle

  • 2019 Season Record: The Fever finished with a disappointing 13-21 record.
  • Injuries: Victoria Vivians and Natalie Achonwa missed noteworthy time.
  • Roster Turnover: High turnover with new draft picks and trades, no continuity.

These problems looked like a long shot for the Fever to reach the top.

Frustration: The Turning Point

The Fever’s match against the #1 team in the league was just another loss. The other team was piled with celebrities and on a winning line, they were going to blow Indiana out. But what happened on the court was nothing short of magic.


Fever coach Marianne Stanley had been working tirelessly on ways to get the most out of her young team. Practices were intense, defensive training, shooting exercises, and team chemistry. Despite their struggles, there was a feeling of determination in the room.

Key Players Leading the Charge

  • Kelsey Mitchell: She was playing amazing, 17.9 points per game. Her leadership and scoring was huge for the Indiana Fever.
  • Teaira McCowan: The big centre was a defensive nightmare, 9.0 role-playing game and 1.2 basketball points per Game.
  • Victoria Vivians: After being out she was ready to go and prove herself.

The Game: A Battle from Start to Finish

From the jump, it was clear the Fever weren’t going to be an easy win for the top team in the league. The first quarter was back and forth, both teams scoring and defending. By halftime, the Fever were down by a few points and many were shocked.

First Half Notes

  • Kelsey Mitchell’s Hot Start: Mitchell scored 15 points in the first half, and hit three big threes to keep the Fever in it.
  • Defensive Stands: McCowan and Vivians had 5 blocks and 10 rebounds.

The crowd was on the edge. They could feel an upset coming. The Fever were playing hard.

The Comeback

Fever’s Thrilling Comeback How Indiana Stunned the WNBA’s Best

The second half was where the Fever really showed up. They came out of the locker room with a purpose executed their game plan to perfection and won.

Third Quarter Surge

The third quarter was all Fever. They outscored their New York Liberty game 24-15. Sharp shooting, good defence and smart playmaking.

Key Plays and Moments

  • Mitchell’s Clutch: Kelsey Mitchell finished with 29 points and hit several big shots to keep the Fever ahead.
  • McCowan’s Rebounding: Teaira McCowan conquered the rebounds with 12 rebounds and 18 points, many of which were second-chance points.
  • Team Ball: 20 assists on 30 made field goals. Team-first attitude is growing.

4th Quarter: Finish Line

The 4th quarter was a test of the Fever’s spirit. They held off a late-game push from the other team, making big defensive plays and hitting big free throws to close it out.

Key Moments

  • Defensive Stops: The Fever forced 5 turnovers in the last 4 minutes to prevent the other team from getting back in it.
  • Clutch Free Throws: Kelsey and Victoria hit 6 free throws in the last minute to win it.

Post Game: New Era for the Fever

The final buzzer sounded and the Fever celebrated a tough win that rocked the WNBA. This was more than a win, it was a warning to the league. They are no longer to be slept on. They showed that with heart, together and good coaching they can play with anyone.

Post-Game Quotes

  • Coach Stanley: “This is what our players have been working for. We’ve been through a lot, but we never quit. Tonight we showed what we’re made of.”
  • Kelsey: “We had to come out and play our game. Everyone played and it was a team win. This is just the start.”

What was the final score of the Indiana Fever vs. New York Liberty game?

Final Score: Indiana Fever 85 - New York Liberty game 78

Key Players:

  • Kelsey Mitchell: 29 points, 5 assists
  • Teaira McCowan: 18 points, 12 rebounds
  • Victoria Vivians: 12 points, 6 rebounds

Conclusion: The Future

The Fever’s big win was a turning point for the franchise. It gave the team and fans new life and set up future success. With players stepping up and a coach who believes in them the Fever are going to be a force to be considered within the WNBA.

What Next

As the season goes on the Fever will build on this. The confidence from this win will be huge as they face other top teams. With a new sense of belief and a roster full of talent, the Indiana Fever are ready to take on the league and become one of the WNBA’s best.

Areas to Focus

  • Young players continue to grow and get better.
  • Keeping key players healthy and managing injuries.
  • Building on Team Chemistry effort.

The Fever’s big win over the best in the WNBA was a story of spirit, determination and believing in yourself. It’s a reminder that in sports and in life anything is possible with hard work and never giving up. The Indiana Fever are a team to watch and the journey has just begun.

How did Caitlin Clark perform in the game against the Liberty?

Caitlin Clark was a beast tonight vs the New York Liberty. The rookie had a triple-double, the first rookie to ever do it in the WNBA. 

  • 15 points
  • 10 assists
  • 10 rebounds. 

Her scoring, playmaking, and overall presence were huge in the Fever’s comeback win.

Who missed the potential go-ahead three-pointer for the Liberty?

Sabrina Ionescu missed the go-ahead 3 at the end of the game against the Fever. It edged out and the Fever won. 

Is this the Fever’s first win over a top-three team in the league?

Yessss! First win against a top 3 team all season! They showed they can play with the best.

What impact did Aliyah Boston and Caitlin Clark have on the game?

Aliyah Boston and Caitlin Clark had a big game in the WNBA. Clark, the Fever’s rookie, was a beast against the Liberty, recording a historic triple-double with 

  • 19 points
  • 12 rebounds
  • 13 assists

That’s the first time a rookie has ever done that in the WNBA1. Aliyah Boston, Clark’s All-Star teammate, also had a good game with 18 points and 8 rebounds

Despite their efforts, the Fever won 83-78. Both of them got a lot of attention and praise for their play. 
Unfortunately in another game, both Clark and Boston got hurt late in a blowout loss to the Liberty but their exits didn’t matter in the final score of 34.

Overall they’re making an impact on the season for their team and us.

What other records has Caitlin Clark broken?

Caitlin Clark the rookie for the Indiana Fever made history as the first rookie in WNBA history to record a triple-double. 

She had 19 points, 12 rebounds and 13 assists in a game against the New York Liberty. Beyond that, she’s been impressive all season with 16.0 points, 5.7 rebounds and 7.1 assists per game. 

She’s doing more than just making history she’s wowing fans and helping her team win. 🏀

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