Diggins-Smith scores 35; Wings rally to beat Fever 89-83
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Skylar Diggins-Smith scored 10 of her career-high 35 points in the fourth quarter and the Dallas Wings overcame a 13-point deficit to beat the Indiana Fever 89-83 on Friday night.
Diggins-Smith scored six points in the final 45 seconds, made 14 of 16 free throws, grabbed a career-best 12 rebounds and had six assists. Liz Cambage added 21 points, seven rebounds and three blocks, and Allisha Gray had 15 points for the Wings (4-3).
Rookie Victoria Vivians hit a pair of free throws – the first foul shots of her career – to give the Fever (0-7) an 81-79 lead with 48.4 seconds to play. Diggins-Smith was fouled as she answered with a runner in the lane and missed the free throw, but Glory Johnson grabbed the offensive rebound and her putback gave Dallas a two-point lead with 42 seconds remaining. After Vivians missed a layup on the other end, Diggins-Smith and Cambage combined to make 6 of 6 free throws to seal it.
The Fever, who shot 6 of 21 in the fourth quarter, have lost seven in a row to start a season for the first time in franchise history.
Indiana’s Kelsey Mitchell, the second overall pick this year, tied her season high with 26 points.
The Fever used a 23-8 run, including a four-point play by Tiffany Mitchell, to take a 46-33 lead late in the second quarter, but Dallas scored 11 of the final 13 first-half points to make it 48-44 at the break.