Date: Thursday, August 1
Time: 7:00 p.m. ET
Site: Mohegan Sun Arena (Uncasville, Conn.)
Television - None
Radio - The Fan 1070 AM/107.5 FM
Webcast - Live webcast and stats can be accessed via WNBA Live Access on FeverBasketball.com
Storylines & Promotions
• Indiana makes its first visit to Mohegan Sun Arena this season to face to Connecticut Sun for the third of five meetings. The Sun and Fever split previous meetings at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
• Thursday’s game is the first of five games in a 10-day stretch between August 1 and August 10. Though Indiana played its first 17 games in just over two months (69 days), the second half is a more compressed schedule with its final 17 dates scheduled within the next 46 days. For Indiana, 10 of the final 17 are on the road.
• The Fever (8-9) won seven of its last nine games before the All-Star Break, rebounding from an injury-riddled 1-7 start to the season. Indiana opens the second half of the season alone in fourth place in the East, just a half game behind third-place Washington (9-9); and a game-and-a-half ahead of fifth-place New York (7-11).
• A Fever win over the Sun would be Indiana’s eighth in 10 games, remarkable considering the streak came immediately after losing 7 of 8 to begin the season. A win would move the Fever all the way back to .500 and result in a 2-1 advantage in the season series with Connecticut. A loss would send Indiana to its 10th loss in 18 games.
• The Fever has had eight different players miss action through the season’s first 17 games.
• Sixty-six-and-a-half (66.5) games have been lost by Fever players due to injury this season, an average of 3.91 players per game. Seventeen games have been missed by Jeanette Pohlen and Jessica Davenport; 15 have been missed by Katie Douglas; 11 were missed by Erin Phillips; three have been missed by Layshia Clarendon, two by Tamika Catchings, two by Jessica Breland and a half was missed by Briann January.
• Briann January (999) needs one point to reach 1,000 points in her career, all with the Fever. She will become the eighth player to score 1,000 points in a Fever uniform.
• It was announced last week during the WNBA All-Star game that Indiana Fever coach Lin Dunn is one of six inductees in the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame class of 2014. She will be inducted on June 14, 2014 in Knoxville, Tennessee.
Fever: F - Tamika Catchings, C - Erlana Larkins, G - Karima Christma, G - Shavonte Zellous, G - Briann January
Sun: F - Kalana Greene, F - Kelsey Griffin, C - Tina Charles, G - Renee Montgomery, G - Allison Hightower
Briann January scored a season-high 14 points and grabbed a career-high seven rebounds while her floor leadership boosted the Fever to a solid 78-66 team victory over the Sun at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on July 6.The Fever had only 12 turnovers while Connecticut made 21 that led to 22 points for Indiana. The Fever put four players in double-figure scoring, led by Catchings with 22. Shavonte Zellous matched January's 14 points. Karima Christmas added 10 points, contributing double digits for the fourth straight game. Indiana opened a season-high 21-point lead in the first half against Connecticut, but the Sun stormed back in the third quarter. The Fever hit just 18.8 percent from the field in the third quarter, but hit 60 percent from the field in the fourth.
Fever vs. Shock: Tamika Catchings scored 23 points and Shavonte Zellous added 19 to lead the Indiana Fever to its seventh win in nine games, winning 71-60 over the Tulsa Shock. The Fever scored five straight points for a 45-36 lead early in the third period. The Shock cut the margin to 53-50 on a pair of Glory Johnson free throws to begin the fourth quarter, but Tulsa never got closer. Christmas added 11 points for the Fever, who swept the season series with Tulsa and moved within a half-game of third-place Washington in the East standings.
Sun vs. Dream: Tina Charles had 14 points and a season high 16 rebounds for Connecticut in a 74-65 loss to the Atlanta Dream. Kalana Green also added 14 points and four rebounds for the Sun. The Sun has lost three straight games. Atlanta held the Sun to 20 points in the first half, the lowest output by an opponent in the Dream’s six-year history. The Sun then went on a 20-6 run to make it 46-40 with 3:12 left in the third, but the Dream pushed the lead to 14 at the end of the quarter.
Indiana trails the all-time regular-season series with Connecticut, 30-20, including a two-game split so far in 2013 and three losses in four games in 2012. Connecticut has won five of the past seven regular-season meetings between the teams, and four of the past five at Mohegan Sun Arena. In the playoffs, Indiana has captured two of three series with Connecticut, including the East Finals in 2012. Indiana also won a conference semifinal series over the Sun in 2007, which featured four overtime periods in three games. The clubs are tied 4-4 in postseason play.