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WNBA: Indiana Fever at Chicago SkyJun 23, 2024; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Indiana Fever forward NaLyssa Smith (1) drives to the basket against Chicago Sky forward Angel Reese (5) during the first half at Wintrust Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

Angel Reese had 25 points and 16 rebounds to join Kamilla Cardoso with a double-double and Chennedy Carter scored 23 points as the host Chicago Sky rallied to defeat the Indiana Fever 88-87 on Sunday.

Chicago (6-9) outscored Indiana 24-15 in the fourth quarter to snap Indiana’s four-game winning streak.

The Fever (7-11) built a 15-point lead in the second half but couldn’t withstand a big charge from Chicago. After Carter hit a layup for Chicago to tie the game with 2:30 to go, Reese’s layup put the Sky ahead 86-84 with 53.2 seconds left as the latest big effort from the rookie kept the Sky afloat.

Reese extended her league rookie record by notching her eighth straight double-double. She became the first WNBA rookie with at least 25 points and 15 rebounds in a game since A’ja Wilson in 2018.

Cardoso had 16 points and 10 rebounds.

Kelsey Mitchell scored 24 points and Caitlin Clark posted a double-double of 17 points and 13 assists for the Fever.

Aliyah Boston (18 points, seven rebounds, six assists) and NaLyssa Smith (12 points) also scored in double figures for Indiana.

Boston drilled a 3-pointer to draw Indiana within 88-87 with 19.7 seconds left and snap an 18-2 run for Chicago. The Sky’s Marina Mabrey missed a pair of free throws moments later but Kristy Wallace was unable to hit a go-ahead layup in transition.

Boston missed a potential game-winning jumper in the closing seconds, and Indiana couldn’t produce a tip-in attempt when it got possession with 0.2 seconds left.

The Fever overcame a rough start to the third quarter and used a 24-3 run late in the period to take a 72-57 advantage. Mitchell capped the spurt with a four-point play with 1:31 remaining in the third.

Chicago closed the quarter by scoring seven straight points, including the last five by Reese.

Indiana led 46-45 at halftime behind 10 points from Mitchell and nine from Wallace. The Fever notched assists on 16 of their 18 field goals before the break, with Clark leading the way with seven.

Carter led all scorers with 15 points on 6-for-8 shooting. Reese followed with eight points to go with eight rebounds.

Indiana is 2-1 against Chicago this season. The teams are set to conclude the season series on Aug. 30 in Chicago.

–Field Level Media

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