New York, NY -- A conference match-up, a young crowd, an impending Olympic hiatus and the chance for a team to tally two wins against conference leader's proved the plot, as the Indiana Fever faced-off against the New York Liberty at the World's Most Famous Arena.
This match-up held high expectation for the Liberty, as they took their first two games against the defending Eastern Conference Champion Fever this season. As the saying goes, though, third time is a charm for the Indiana Fever, as they clinched an 82-70 victory over New York.
After trailing by six early in the first quarter, Indiana got hot, going on an impressive 18-2 run to closing out the first quarter up by nine points. But far be it for any New York team to go down without a fight.
Though the Liberty found themselves down by 11 early in the second quarter, but a series of jump shots and lay-ups would quickly cut the deficit to four points.
That's when forward Lynetta Kizer got hot, scoring seven unanswered points in a minute's time. Indiana would stay hot for the remainder of the second quarter, leading by seven going into the half.
Defensive miscues on the Liberty had the young crowd of "Camp Day" quiet most of the first half and Assistant Coach Katie Smith a bit frustrated with her team.
"We need to keep people in front of us and obviously, take care of the rebounding battle," Smith said. "But they're really attacking us off the dribble we've got to move our feet."
The second half would prove to be a series of beautiful shots by both teams. While Indiana remained on top through the third, it wasn't by much, as the largest deficit of the quarter was a mere five points.
But in the fourth it was Fever's Marisa Coleman who was ready to bring the fire to the garden scoring an early three, followed by a fade away jump shot and another three. Indiana was up 13 with just minutes into the fourth quarter.
The Fever cruised through the final minutes of the game taking an 82-70 victory over the Eastern Conference leaders.
Both teams will be on hiatus for the 2016 Olympics in Rio and will pick back up with WNBA play in late August.