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.