Lynx Blow 20-Point Lead to Fever in Fourth Straight Loss

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After having 10 days off due to the WNBA All-Star Break, the Minnesota Lynx returned to action to begin the final 14-game stretch of the regular season on Saturday night.

Entering the game having lost three straight going into the break, Minnesota aimed to get out an early start against the Indiana Fever to try kick off a two-game road trip on the right foot.

The Lynx were able to accomplish just that in the first two quarters of Saturday night’s game. The second half, however, was a completely different story.

The Lynx blew a 20-point first-half lead to fall to the Fever 86-75 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. With the loss, Minnesota has now lost four straight games and drops below the .500 mark on the season, dropping to 10-11 overall.

To open the game, the Lynx didn’t waste any time jumping out to a lead on the road. Minnesota kicked things off on an 11-2 run and led by as many as 11 points during the first quarter.

The Fever, however, were able to battle back in the final minutes of the opening frame, going on a 9-2 run to narrow the game down to 23-19 Minnesota heading into the second.

Prior to halftime, Minnesota continued to build onto its lead, blowing the game wide open after going on a 16-2 run in the first five minutes of the second quarter to grab a 20-point lead over Indiana. The Lynx rode that momentum into the break, going on to carry a 48-38 advantage at halftime.

With Minnesota playing stellar defense while holding Indiana to a 38.9 percent shooting mark from the field in the first two quarters, finished the half shooting 60 percent on the other end of the floor. Temi Fagbenle provided a great spark off the bench, tallying all 14 of her points in the half.

In the third quarter, the Fever turned the tables on the Lynx and opened the second half red hot from the field to take their first lead of the contest. Indiana jumped out to a 22-5 lead in the first six-and-a-half minutes of the frame and went on to outscore the Lynx 29-11 in the third to lead by as much as 12 points.

Trailing 67-59 going into the final 10 minutes of the game, the Lynx attempted to battle back into the game late, narrowing the game down to just two points with under five minutes to go, but couldn’t quite complete the comeback in the fourth quarter.

Indiana’s 20-point comeback win is its largest comeback which ended in a victory in franchise history. The largest comeback in Fever history came against Minnesota back at the end of June, when the Lynx nearly blew a 22-point lead to only come away with a four-point win.

Sylvia Fowles finished with 17 points and five rebounds to lead the way for Minnesota in the game. Napheesa Collier had 14 points, seven rebounds, three steals and two blocks, Fagbenle added her career-high 14 points and Danielle Robinson added 11 points and two assists for the Lynx, who ended up shooting 49.2 percent from the field.

The duo of Kelsey Mitchell and Tiffany Mitchell led the way for Indiana, which shot 47.9 percent in the win. Kelsey Mitchell had 20 points and nine assists, while Tiffany Mitchell added 17 points and four assists to play key roles in the Fever’s comeback.

The Lynx will remain on the road and will conclude a two-game road trip on Tuesday night when they travel to face the Atlanta Dream at 6 p.m. at State Farm Arena. The game will be live streamed on Twitter and can be heard locally in Minnesota on 106.1 FM.

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