The Indiana Fever lost their second game of the season. This time they stuck with the Washington Mystics the whole way.
We are starting to see the development of an identity for the Indiana Fever. Against the Washington Mystics they pressured and harassed the ball carrier, causing the Mystics to shoot a low 41.8 percent on the game.
In a surprise development, the Fever out-rebounded the Mystics 39-27, crashing both the offensive and defensive glass. Candice Dupree collected ten rebounds, nine of them defensive. However this was one of the best games I have seen from Natalie Achonwa.
The Fever center scored a game and career high 21 points. She also collected a game and career high 12 rebounds. Of these rebounds eight of these were on the offensive end which was again a game and career high. In fact, Achonwa collected more offensive rebounds that everyone else who set foot on the court for both teams.
She went 7-of-11 from the field and 7-of-10 from the line in what Fever faithful are hoping is a taste of what is to come. However, it was not just Achonwa who had career highs in this game.
In her second game, Kelsey Mitchell found her shooting touch in a big way. In 26 minutes she scored 16 points on 5-of-11 shooting. She went 3-of-4 from deep and 3-of-5 from the line. This was a positive step towards her finding her footing in the WNBA.
Her outside game was important to the Fever as the Mystics had to respect her shot. This meant that there was one less body to crash the boards, allowing Achonwa to rebound the way she did.
If the Fever can keep this up, possibly developing the number eight pick Victoria Vivians into a player who can play 25 minutes a game, they have the makings of a successful unit. One thing is for sure, if they keep this up the Fever are not going to be as bad as some pundits predicted this season and that is a good thing for the WNBA.