NEWARK, N.J. – Indiana coach Lin Dunn wasn’t worried when her team was stuck in heavy traffic an hour before its game against the New York Liberty — not with a veteran group that has been playing well lately after a miserable start.

The defending champion Fever blew the game open in the third quarter, outscoring the Liberty 31-6 en route to a 74-53 victory Saturday night.

“I realized now we’ve been getting to the game too early,” said a joking Dunn, a former Storm coach. “The tunnel was blocked and we didn’t ever panic.”

The victory was the fourth in the past five games for the Fever (5-8).

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Erlana Larkins scored 15 points to lead Indiana.

Plenette Pierson led the Liberty (6-8) with 12 points.

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