Indiana Fever loses yet again, drops close one to Chicago Sky

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Nearly everything went well for the Indiana Fever on Saturday. Shots were falling, the bench played great and the home-crowd energy — after a five-game road trip — was refreshing. 

Sounds like a great day, right? Remember, nearly everything went well. 

Even with a breakout performance off the bench from Teaira McCowan, the Fever weren’t able to put away the Chicago Sky, dropping a tight one, 83-79, at Indiana Farmers Coliseum. 

Indiana (1-11) was frustrated postgame after its seventh-straight loss, but the team was also positive. After losing to Chicago on the road Wednesday, it was good to return home and build up some momentum … even if home looked a little different. 

With Bankers Life Fieldhouse under renovations, the Fever played in a  redesigned Indiana Farmers Coliseum for its first home game since May 25. It made no difference if it was the Coliseum, Bankers Life or even Hinkle Fieldhouse, being home with fans that wanted to see them succeed was a positive for Indiana.

FILE – Teaira McCowan had a big game off the bench for the Fever against Chicago on Saturday.

“It makes a difference being back home, everybody wants to play in front of their home fans,” Fever coach Marianne Stanley said. “I think it gives our players a lift, but also having a couple days to just actually attend to the things that need improvement. We haven’t had that for the first two weeks of the regular season.” 

The Fever’s homecourt adjustments paid off early. McCowan, who’s come off the bench the past two games, was in rare form. She led the Fever with 20 points and 13 rebounds. Even though she’s used to starting, McCowan said it doesn’t matter when she plays. 

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