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Kelsey Mitchell wins Player of the Week, again 

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Indiana Fever all-star guard Kelsey Mitchell was named the WNBA Eastern Conference Player of the Week Aug. 29. Mitchell’s second Player of the Week award makes her the second Fever player this season, joining rookie all-star forward Aliyah Boston, to earn the honor. 

From Aug. 18-27, Mitchell averaged 23.3 points and 4.8 assists per game while shooting 31-of-65 shots from the floor and 11-of-26 shots from the 3-point range.  

In the Fever’s home win against the Seattle Storm Aug. 24, Mitchell finished with a season-high 36 points. Mitchell made 10-of-20 shots from the hardwood and made a career-high 12 free throws for the second-most points scored in a regular season game in Indiana Fever history. It was also Mitchell’s fourth game scoring at least 30 points. 

On Aug. 27, the Indiana Fever bested the Phoenix Mercury with the help of Mitchell’s 28 points. Additionally, Mitchell’s play guided her past her 3,000th career point. She became the 21st player in WNBA history, and the second fastest, to hit the 3,000-point mark while recording 400 made 3-pointers and 500 assists. Mitchell also made 5-of-10 shots from the 3-point range and dished out four assists against Phoenix.

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Indiana Fever veteran and WNBA all-star Kelsey Mitchell lead the Fever in scoring with 19 points but the Fever hit a scoring drought that they couldn’t recover from. (Photo/David Dixon)

After the game against the Mercury, Mitchell shared her feelings on the Indiana Fever’s recent success.  

“We’re trying to shift our culture constantly, every day,” Mitchell said. “We know it is a constant grind, and it is a constantly changing narrative of who we are.” 

Mitchell entered the week of Aug. 28 ranking fifth in the WNBA for 3-point field goals this season. 

Currently, Mitchell leads the Fever in points per game (17.8 ppg) in the highest-scoring season of her career at 624 points recorded so far. She also averages the fifth most minutes played in the WNBA this year at 33.4 mpg.  

Indiana Fever Head Coach Christie Sides recently took to Twitter (also known as “X”) to share her excitement about Mitchell’s recent accomplishments.

“Let’s go, Kelsey 3K,” emphasizing her 3,000th career-point milestone.

Contact multi-media staff writer Noral Parham III at 317-762-7846 or via email at noralp@indyrecorder.com. Follow him on Twitter @NoralParham. For more sports news by Noral, click here.

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