Chicago Sky rookie Angel Reese sent a blunt message to an Indiana Fever star.

The Indiana Fever and Chicago Sky are playing their third matchup of the season on Sunday afternoon. This is a crucial Eastern Conference battle, as just a half-game separates these two teams in the WNBA standings.

ESPN Mics Catch Angel Reese's Intense Message to Indiana Fever Star

Much of the focus has been on the battle between Caitlin Clark and Angel Reese, two stars amid an exciting WNBA Rookie of the Year race. However, it was Clark’s teammate NaLyssa Smith that Reese had an intense message for early in the first half.

Following a tough bucket over Smith, ESPN’s broadcast caught Reese telling her, “Don’t f**k with me.”

A passionate player, Reese plays with a fire that helps get herself and her teammates going. This is something many Sky players have praised Reese for: Her energy is infectious for this group.

Angel Reese and NaLyssa Smith waved off ref troubled by their trash talk

It is clear early in this game that both teams desperately want a win. Battling for that final spot in the WNBA playoffs, Chicago and Indiana understand the importance of their head-to-head battles. While Indiana is 2-0 against Chicago this season, both games have been tightly contested, and this one is no different to start.

Indiana enters this game on a four-game winning streak, which is not only their best of the season, but also is their only winning streak of the season. This stretch has completely changed Indiana’s position in the standings. It entered play on Sunday as the eighth seed.

The top eight teams in the WNBA, regardless of conference, earn a spot in the playoffs.