MINNEAPOLIS -- Odyssey Sims scored a team-high 17 points, grabbed five rebounds and distributed four assists, and the Minnesota Lynx held on for an 81-73 win over the visiting Indiana Fever on Sunday night, Sept. 1.
Napheesa Collier added 15 points and a team-high 10 rebounds for the Lynx (17-15), which already had clinched its ninth playoff appearance in a row. Sylvia Fowles and Lexie Brown also finished in double digits with 10 points apiece for Minnesota.
Candice Dupree led the Fever with 18 points on 9-for-13 shooting. She added four rebounds and a pair of assists but finished with five turnovers, which led the team.
Teaira McCowan notched a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds for Indiana. The Fever also got double-digit scoring from Tiffany Mitchell (14 points) and Betnijah Laney (11).
Indiana lost its second game in a row and fell to 11-21 on the season.
Minnesota shot 44.3 percent (31 of 70) from the field and 23.5 percent (4 of 17) from beyond the arc.
By comparison, Indiana shot 50.8 percent (31 of 61) from the field and 27.3 percent (3 of 11) from long range.
Much of the difference came at the free throw line, where the Lynx sank 15 of 17 attempts for a success rate of 88.2 percent. The Fever drained 8 of 11 free throw attempts for a 72.7 percent success rate.
Minnesota outscored the Fever 43-32 during the second half. Collier made a pair of free throws in the closing minutes to establish a double-digit lead.
Indiana held on to a 41-38 lead at the half.
The Fever were led by Candice Dupree (18 points) and Tiffany Mitchell (14 points), each of whom had 10 points before the break. Dupree made five of seven shots while Mitchell connected on five of eight attempts.
Sims paced the Lynx with nine points before intermission. She made only three of seven shots from the field but kept Minnesota in contention by making three of four free-throw attempts before the break.