Liberty ease by Fever 71-50 for 6th straight win

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Sugar Rodgers scored all 16 of her points in the first half and the New York 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 New York (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 within 11 points with eight minutes to go, but New York 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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