INDIANAPOLIS (AP) _ Shenise Johnson scored eight of her 13 points in the fourth quarter, including a go-ahead jumper with 46 seconds remaining, and the Indiana Fever rallied to beat the Connecticut Sun 81-79 on Saturday night.
The Fever (1-2) ended a streak of four straight losses in home openers while also giving Pokey Chatman her first victory as Indiana’s coach.
Connecticut (0-2) was without starters Jasmine Thomas (attending brother’s wedding) and Alyssa Thomas (concussion protocol), but led 45-40 at halftime and was up 11 in the final minute of the third quarter.
Morgan Tuck’s 3-pointer got the Sun within 76-75 with 16 seconds left but Connecticut was called for a dead-ball foul on Indiana’s inbounds. The Fever converted the free throw and kept possession. Four free throws were then enough to ensure the win.
Candice Dupree scored 19 points to lead Indiana.
The Fever made 28 of 29 free throws while the Sun gave up 21 points off 18 turnovers.
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