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Fever symptoms: Dream fatigue late vs Indiana; history is made

The Indiana Fever went on the road Friday and were able to pull away late against the Atlanta Dream. Shavonte Zellous led the Fever with 14 points.

Chris Poss

When the game tipped off at 7:30 p.m., it did not immediately look like the win would belong to the Indiana Fever. However, after a hard fought comeback and a consistently close game, Indiana took the win on the road in Atlanta.

Starting as a back and forth scoring match, it was not long before the Fever could not keep up, and the Dream quickly pulled away early with a 17-10 lead midway through the first quarter. As the quarter quickly came to an end, Indiana unsuccessfully tried to narrow Atlanta's lead, ending the first quarter trailing by six, mostly due to Dream forward Sancho Lyttle, who finished the quarter with seven of her team's 23 points.

However, as the second quarter began, Indiana did not let their six-point deficit bring them down. Quickly coming within one point of Atlanta, each team consistently put the ball in the whole on both ends of the court.

Indiana then took it their first lead of the night at the three-minute mark, just before the WNBA reached a milestone, as Carla Cortijo joined the game making her WNBA debut, as the first Puerto Rican-born player to play in the league. Cortijo later scored her first WNBA point during a free throw attempt late in the third quarter.

The quarter went slowly after a technical foul and multiple timeouts, until Indiana guard Shenise Johnson nailed a three-pointer with one second left, keeping her team in the lead 38-35 to close the first half of the game.

The third quarter mirrored the second quarter greatly. The scored stayed close, tied at many times, as both teams played hard, consistent offense and defense. The third quarter closed with a close score once again, as the Fever stayed in the led 53-51.

With the fourth quarter's scoring patterns eerily similar to the second and third, each team managed to continue to keep the score either tied or within two. With only seven minutes left in the game, both teams racked up a total of nine ties and eight lead changes. However, then, Indiana broke away, taking a seven-point lead with less than four minutes left after a 9-0 run.

The Dream tried to pick up the pace of their offense in order to come back, but despite bringing the score within as close as four, it was too late.

Finishing the game ahead, Indiana wins the season series (3 out of 4) with the final score being 75-67.

The Fever will play their last regular season game Sunday, September 13 at 5:00 p.m. at home against the New York Liberty.

The Dream will conclude their season when they play their final game Sunday, September 13 at 4:00 p.m. in Washington D.C. against the Washington Mystics.