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• The Indiana Fever opens its 14th season Friday evening while battling the San Antonio Silver Stars at the AT&T Center in Texas. The teams split a pair of meetings in 2012, with each club coming away with a road win in the opponent’s city.
• This Friday’s contest will be the third straight meeting between the Fever and Silver Stars in the past two weeks, as Indiana and San Antonio met in a pair of preseason bouts. Indiana came from behind to beat San Antonio on the road, 80-75 on May 11. Just four days later, on May 15, the Silver Stars beat the Fever 64-58 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
• The last time the Fever stepped onto the WNBA hardwood, other than preseason, Indiana was crowned the WNBA champion after a 3-1 Finals victory over the Minnesota Lynx. It was the first championship in franchise history and the first pro basketball title for the city of Indianapolis since the 1973 Indiana Pacers won a title in the ABA.
• Indiana is 9-4 all-time in season opening games and 6-2 during its 8-year playoff run since 2005. The Fever has won two straight outings on opening night, beating Atlanta (92-84) last season and Chicago (65-57) in 2011. Friday’s game, however, marks just the fourth time the Fever has ever opened on the road. Indiana is 1-2 in season openers on the road, losing in double overtime at Atlanta in 2009; losing at Charlotte in 2003; and winning at Miami in the first game in franchise history in 2000.
• The Fever enters the season more short-handed than anticipated. While returning 10 players off its championship roster of 2012, the club has been hit with a recent rash of injuries:
- Jeanette Pohlen continues rehabilitation after the torn left ACL she sustained in Game 2 of last year’s WNBA finals. She had surgery in December and hopes to return near midseason.
- Jessica Davenport was diagnosed in training camp with a stress fracture of her left tibia, which was originally sustained while playing in Turkey. She also hopes to return near midseason.
- Erin Phillips has nursed a torn meniscus in her right knee and underwent surgery on May 22. She, too, hopes to return near the All-Star break.
• In addition to the injuries the Fever carries into the new season, rookie first-round draft pick Layshia Clarendon will miss the Fever opener at San Antonio. She walks through graduation ceremonies at the University of California on Saturday morning.
• Shavonte Zellous begins the 2013 season just three points shy of 1,000 for her career. She will join Tamika Catchings, Katie Douglas and Jessica Davenport as 1,000-point scorers on the current Fever roster. Erin Phillips (926) and Briann January (855) should reach 1,000 later this season.
• There are only 11 5,000-point scorers in WNBA history. Four of those top scorers will be playing in this Friday’s game: Tamika Catchings and Katie Douglas (Indiana Fever) and Becky Hammon and DeLisha Milton-Jones (San Antonio Silver Stars).
Fever: F-Tamika Catchings, C-Erlana Larkins, G- Katie Douglas, G-Shavonte Zellous, G-Briann January
Silver Stars: Stars – F-DeLisha Milton-Jones, F- Shameka Christon, C- Jayne Appel, G- Danielle Robinson, G-Becky Hammon
Last Meeting/Last Games
Preseason Game 1 In the first preseason game at San Antonio, the Fever came from behind to beat the Silver Stars 80-75. Forward Tamika Catchings led Indiana with 17 points and six rebounds. Shavonte Zellous scored 11 points in the fourth quarter and the Fever overcame a nine-point deficit with only 5:05 remaining in the game. Rookie Layshia Clarendon came off the bench to add 13 points for the Fever.
Preseason Game 2 - Indiana connected on just 27.3 percent of its shots (21-of-77) in a 64-58 loss to San Antonio at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Sasha Goodlett, last year’s top draft pick, led the Fever with nine points. The Fever outrebounded the Silver Stars, 47-39. Jessica Breland had eight rebounds and three blocked shots for Indiana.
The Fever and Silver Stars are deadlocked, 12-12, in a series that began in 2000 when the San Antonio franchise then was known as the Starzz and located in Utah. Since the franchise move from Utah, Indiana is 12-7 against the Silver Stars. The Fever is 6-3 at AT&T Center including wins in its past two trips to San Antonio.