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Recap: Fever stave off Wings’ second-half comeback bid, win 79-64

Indiana let Dallas back into the game after opening up a large lead early in the third quarter, but the Fever responded to get their third win of the season.

Natalie Achonwa recorded her first double-double of the 2019 season while leading her team to another win.

The Indiana Fever led the entire game as they earned their second home win of the season, beating the Dallas Wings 79-64.

Natalie Achonwa led the Fever in scoring with 17 points while also adding 11 rebounds and a career-high five assists. Candice Dupree and Tiffany Mitchell both added 14 points. That output led Dupree to 1,000 points in a Fever uniform, which meant she hit the following milestones:

Isabelle Harrison had her best game as a member of the Dallas Wings. She joined the Wings through the Liz Cambage trade last month. Harrison led all scorers with 18 points, playing 26 minutes off the bench. She was the only Wings player to score in double digits.

The Fever opened up a 12-point halftime lead and extended their lead to 22 points in the third quarter. However, the Wings would use the final three minutes of the third quarter to go on a 14-1 run and cut the lead to nine points. Dallas closed to within seven points early in the final quarter, but the Fever would hold them at bay and finish with a 14-point victory.

Indiana got good minutes from rookies Kennedy Burke and Teaira McCowan. Burke scored five points in the first quarter and hit a buzzer-beater to close the first quarter.

In nine minutes of play, McCowan scored four points and added four rebounds and three blocks, but registered five fouls. McCowan’s play on defense is very good, but she needs to learn to play without fouling.

Neither team shot especially well, but it was the Fever’s willingness to drive to the basket that kept them ahead. Indiana outshot Dallas from the charity stripe, 20-14.

The Fever improved to 3-1 with their win, with the three wins equaling half of their 2018 total. Dallas fell to 0-3 as they continue to struggle without Skylar Diggins-Smith to steady them. The Wings and the Liberty are the only remaining teams without a win.

Up next: Indiana faces the Phoenix Mercury at home on Sunday. Dallas travels to D.C. to face the Mystics on Sunday. Indiana and Dallas will face each other again next Thursday in Dallas.