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Fever hang tough in loss to Seattle

The sickness most be hitting Indiana, because the Fever haven't won a game since drafting Caitlain Clark and some fans are getting a bit restless with the losses. Clark has taken on top teams and looked much better since her debut. However, they would go toe to toe with a Storm team that hasn't found their identity since Sue Bird retired and made the game very interesting.

For the most part, the pace of the game in the first half was a rapid and a sprint with a lot of scoring off of transitional offense. However, the Gold Mamba in Jewell Loyd was going off and the Fever was getting sick of her scoring. With Lloyd scoring at will and Clark not really having much of an impact, the Fever had to scrap themselves out of 44-40 deficit.

Coming out of the half, the Fever wanted to stop Loyd as she scored 21 in the first two quarters, so they decided to blitz her. Even with the blitz, Loyd wad still making plays with getting the ball to open players. For the most part, the only offensive threat tonight was Nalyssa Smith. Each time it seemed like the Storm was going to erupt, Smith would make a crucial play to put her team in striking distance,

The Fever went on a 7-2 run to finish out the third quarter with a 60-58. Back and forth both teams went as they were scoring without any defensive effort. Down by five, Kelsey Mitchell drove down the lane and hit a crucial lay-up to cut Seattle's lead to two. Indiana decided to play the foul game and fouled Lloyd. Loyd made 1 out of 2, making it a three-point game. With only 10 seconds left in regulation, Clark hit two free throws to make it a one-play game.

Seattle hit some crucial free throws down the stretch to escape with an 85-83 victory. Clark finished with 21 points, while Loyd finished with 32.

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