The Indiana Fever defeated the New York Liberty 92-86 in an overtime thriller Friday night, with four Fever starters finishing in the double figures.
Kelsey Mitchell led Indiana in points with 24, while Victoria Vivians notched 20 points behind 45.5 percent shooting from the field.
NaLyssa Smith and Queen Egbo crashed the boards for the Fever, with the rookies combining for 31 rebounds. Their combined effort marked the first time in league history where two rookies on the same team each had over 14 boards.
.@NaLyssaSmith with the drive + bucket 🪣 pic.twitter.com/nJ1u3Gy63q— Indiana Fever ⛹️♀️🏀 (@IndianaFever) May 14, 2022
.@NaLyssaSmith with the drive + bucket 🪣 pic.twitter.com/nJ1u3Gy63q
As a team, the Fever outrebounded the Liberty 57 to 33, helping to counter Sabrina Ionescu’s dominant performance.
The Liberty guard recorded a game-high 31 points behind 55 percent shooting from the field and 50 percent from beyond the arc. Ionescu’s red-hot night, however, wasn’t enough to hold off Indiana down the stretch.
Following Friday’s victory, the Fever improved to 2-2 on the season, while the Liberty fell to 1-2.