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Tina Charles’ 22 points not enough for shorthanded Liberty in loss to Fever

Tina Charles leads the WNBA in scoring and

Tina Charles leads the WNBA in scoring and rebounding average this season. Photo Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

INDIANAPOLIS — Marissa Coleman scored the first seven points of the game, finished with a season-high 19, and the Indiana Fever matched the WNBA record with 40 points in the first quarter in a 98-77 victory over the New York Liberty on Thursday night.

It’s the fourth time in league history a team has scored 40 points in a quarter.

Coleman and Shenise Johnson, who had a career-high 21 points, each hit six 3-pointers and the Fever had with a season-high 14.

The Fever (13-14), ranked seventh in the AP power poll, set a franchise scoring record for a half, leading 63-38 at the break. Their 98 points were the most they have scored this season.

Tina Charles made seven 3-pointers and had 22 points and 11 rebounds for New York. The Liberty were without three injured players — including Tanisha Wright (knee), who had started 51 consecutive games.

Indiana is two games ahead of eighth-place Seattle for the final two playoff spots. New York (19-9), third in the power poll, has already clinched a berth.

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