Indiana Fever

Mitchell, McCowan help Fever beat Sparks 74-72

Indiana Fever forward Teaira McCowan (15) blocks the shot of Los Angeles Sparks center Amanda Zahui B (1) during the first half of a WNBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Kelsey Mitchell scored 25 points, Teaira McCowan added 15 — including two free throws to cap the scoring with 15.3 seconds to play — and tied her career high with 19 rebounds and the Indiana Fever beat the Los Angeles Sparks 74-72.  

Indiana (6-19) closed the game on a 10-0 run. Mitchell hit a long jumper and, after McCowan made 3 of 4 from the free-throw line, a 3-pointer — her fourth of the game to make it 72-all with 1:19 remaining.

The teams traded misses before Jessica Breland stole the ball from Nneka Ogwumike to set up McCowan’s go-ahead free throws.

L.A.’s Brittney Sykes missed two free throws and a jumper in the final 1.3 seconds. Ogwumike finished with 17 points and five assists.