Indiana Falls at Connecticut, 88-71
FeverBasketball.com Staff | June 7, 2014
UNCASVILLE, Conn. – Alex Bentley scored 21 points and Connecticut took advantage of 26 Indiana turnovers Saturday as the Sun dispatched the Fever, 88-71, at Mohegan Sun Arena.
The win was Connecticut’s second in three games, and ended the Fever’s four-game win streak.
For Bentley, her career scoring high came against the team for which she was a video intern just two seasons ago. Bentley prepped at nearby Ben Davis High School in Indianapolis, and served an internship prior to her senior year at Penn State. Saturday, she shot 9-of-13 from the floor and was perfect on three 3-point attempts. She scored the Sun’s first six points and led five Connecticut players in double figures.
“Bentley really set the tone early,” said Fever coach Lin Dun. “I didn’t think we defended her well all night.”
Another Indianapolis native and former Fever star, Katie Douglas, finished with 15 points. Chiney Ogwumike scored 12 and Allison Hightower and Alyssa Thomas each added 11.
Indiana, playing its second game in two nights, shot a season-best 53 percent from the floor that was largely overshadowed by season-high 26 turnovers. Indiana also was whistled for 30 fouls and finished with as many turnovers and fouls as field goals (26).
The Sun shot 46 percent from the field and turned those turnovers into 26 points.
“We didn’t take care of the ball and do the little things that you have to do to win back-to-back games on the road,” added Dunn.
Rookie Natasha Howard scored 14 points for Indiana before fouling out in the fourth quarter. Lynetta Kizer scored a season-high 12 points and Shavonte Zellous added 10. Erlana Larkins contributed nine points and seven rebounds while matching a career high with six assists.
Connecticut used 8-2 and 7-0 runs in the first half to build an 11-point lead at 32-21. The Fever got within 53-47 on a putback by Howard with 4:28 in the third, but never got closer.
Indiana will honor Dunn during its next home game on Wednesday against Seattle (7:00 p.m.), honoring its coach who will be inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame on June 14.
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