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Sugar Rodgers, Liberty cruise past Indiana Fever for sixth straight win

Liberty guard Sugar Rodgers brings the ball upcourt on Aug. 20,

Liberty guard Sugar Rodgers brings the ball upcourt on Aug. 20, 2017 at Madsion Square Garden. Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan

INDIANAPOLIS — Sugar Rodgers scored all 16 of her points in the first half and the Liberty beat the Indiana Fever 71-50 on Wednesday night for their sixth straight victory.

Rodgers only attempted one shot in the second half and played just 20 minutes.

Tina Charles added 13 points and nine rebounds for the Liberty (18-12). Bria Hartley had 12 points, and Epiphanny Prince 11.

Candice Dupree scored 12 points for Indiana (9-22), which has lost five straight. Erica Wheeler and Jeanette Pohlen-Mavunga each added 10 points. Indiana was 1 of 10 from 3-point range and shot 34.5 percent overall.

The Fever got to 11 points with eight minutes to go, but the Liberty closed on a 15-5 run.

Indiana was granted an emergency hardship exemption to fill the roster after Briann January became the third Fever guard with a season-ending injury. Newly signed rookie Jennie Simms played 13 scoreless minutes.

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