Fowles, Moore spur Lynx to blowout win over Fever
INDIANAPOLIS—Sylvia Fowles scored 20 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and handed out seven assists and Maya Moore added 19 points as the Minnesota Lynx waltzed past the Indiana Fever 87-65 on Wednesday afternoon before a season-high crowd of 10,006 on Kids Day at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
The victory allowed the Lynx (12-8) to avenge a home loss to Indiana on July 3, one of just two wins this season for the Fever (2-18). Indiana has the worst record in the WNBA.
A 10-4 run by Minnesota through the middle of the fourth quarter finished off the Fever, who never cut the Lynx's advantage to less than double digits after the midway point of the opening quarter.
Danielle Robinson scored 15 points and Temi Fagbenle scored 10 off the bench for Minnesota, which outshot the Fever 52 percent to 41 percent and forged big advantages in rebounds (38-26) and assists (29-14).
Reserve guard Erica Wheeler led Indiana with 12 points, with Kelsey Mitchell adding 11, all in the first half, and Natalie Achonwa hitting for 10 points for the Fever.
Starting forward Victoria Vivians and guard Tiffany Mitchell, who entered averaging a combined 19 points per game for Indiana, were held scoreless until the final four minutes, when Vivians hit a meaningless jumper in garbage time.
Moore scored 12 points and Fowles added 11 in a first half that was dominated by the Lynx on the way to a 44-33 advantage at the break. Minnesota shot 57 percent from the floor over the first 20 minutes despite making just 1 of its 7 shots from beyond the arc.
Kelsey Mitchell led Indiana with 11 points in the first half. The Fever never led in the game and trailed by as many as 15 points in the first two quarters.
Fowles scored seven of the Lynx's 17 points in a ragged third quarter for both teams that ended with Minnesota ahead 61-46.
The season series will be on the line when the two teams square off on July 18 in a Kids Day game in Minneapolis.
Next up for Indiana is Friday's contest against the Dream in Atlanta while the Lynx head home to host Las Vegas, also on Friday.