The early part of the game looked all too familiar to the Dream’s early-season road bumps. The Fever scored three easy buckets off two missed shots and a turnover by the Dream. Down 6-0 with only two minutes played in the game, Collen called a timeout and challenged her team.
“She told to us take care of the ball,” Montgomery said. “There were certain things we went over in practice and then we came and we allowed them to do the things that we went over to not allow them to do. “(She said) just focus to detail, attention to detail, and then she drew the play. We got the message.”
Hayes finished with 28 points, followed by Montgomery’s 16. Collectively, the Dream made 45% of their 3-point shots, led by Hayes and Montgomery, who made 4 of 6 and 4 of 9, respectively. Indiana shot 28% from 3, and was led in scoring by forward Candice Dupree (19 points) and guard Kelsey Mitchell (16 points).
Both teams play again Friday — the Dream will travel to Connecticut to face the Sun while Indiana will play the Sky in Chicago.