The Indiana Fever won its season-opener against the New York Liberty, 81-80, thanks to a buzzer-beating layup by rookie center Teaira McCowan. The Fever had tremendous bench support with 43 percent of the team’s points coming from the reserves.
Tiffany Mitchell scored a game-high 22 points.
The Fever probably want to see better production from behind the three-point line, however, as the team shot just 3-for-12 against the Liberty. But the Fever showed their mettle against the Liberty and are looking for their first win in Connecticut since June 2016.
For Connecticut, Alyssa Thomas led the Sun to an 84-69 victory over the Washington Mystics on the strength of a 23-point performance. The Sun controlled the game from start to finish. Jonquel Jones contributed a double-double with 10 points and 14 rebounds on 3-of-8, but missing all of her shots outside of the paint.
Still, the Sun does not appear to have experienced any drop-off in performance since the Chiney Ogwumike trade. The team will look to continue its success tonight against the Fever.
Connecticut Sun vs. Indiana Fever
When: Tuesday, May 28, at 7 p.m. ET
Where: Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, CT
How to watch: CBS Sports Network, NESN+
Keys to the matchup: The post game should be an area of emphasis for the Fever’s defense. The Connecticut Sun made 20 of their 33 shots against the Mystics from inside the paint and they surrendered 32 points to the Liberty’s Tina Charles. The Fever loved the mid-range game against New York, taking and making the most mid-range shots in the league. It will be interesting to see the adjustments made by Connecticut.