Indiana Fever close season with 18-game losing streak

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Elena Delle Donne scored 22 points and the host Washington Mystics defeated the Indiana Fever 95-83 on Sunday as both teams wrapped up the WNBA regular season.

Tiffany Mitchell scored 18 points for Indiana, which finished the season on an 18-game losing streak—two games shy of the WNBA record set by the now-defunct Tulsa Shock in 2011. Emma Cannon added 14 points and Lexie Hull scored 11.

The Fever finished the season with a 5-31 mark, setting team records for most regular-season losses, fewest victories and worst winning percentage (.138). The team finished 6-28 (.176) in 2018, 6-26 (.188) in 2021 and 6-16 (.273) in 2020.

The 31 defeats matched the most regular-season losses in league history, tying the Shock, who went 3-31 (.088) in 2011.

The Fever have posted six straight losing seasons after making the playoffs in 2016 with a 17-17 record. The team has put together just one winning season (20-14 in 2015) over the past decade.

The Mystics (22-14), already headed to the WNBA playoffs as the No. 5 seed, got 15 points from Ariel Atkins, 11 from Shakira Austin, and 10 from Natasha Cloud.

The Mystics took the lead for good with 3:19 remaining in the first quarter and never looked back. The score was 57-40 by halftime, with Delle Donne racking up 16 points.

The Mystics made 30 of 35 free throws while Indiana made 17 of 20.

Washington will play at No. 4-seed Seattle on Thursday.

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3 thoughts on “Indiana Fever close season with 18-game losing streak

  1. They played in 3 different “home” stadiums in one season. This is a talented, athletic group. I’m excited to see what they can do with more stability and a year under their belt.

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