Date: Saturday, August 3
Time: 7:00 p.m. ET
Site: Bankers Life Fieldhouse (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Television - NBATV
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 (8-10) hosts East-leading Chicago (12-5, pending Friday’s game with Washington) on Saturday in what is the first of two consecutive bouts with the Sky. Chicago beat the Fever, 71-61, on June 22 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The teams meet again Tuesday at Allstate Arena in Chicago.
• Saturday’s game is the second 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 46 days. For Indiana, nine of its remaining 16 games are on the road.
• The Fever won seven of nine games before the All-Star Break, but surrendered a 16-point lead at Connecticut on Thursday to lose for the sixth time this season after holding a lead or tie at intermission. In fact, it was the Fever’s third loss while allowing a 16-point comeback.
• A Fever win over the Sky would be Indiana’s eighth in 11 games, remarkable considering the streak came immediately after losing 7 of 8 to begin the season. A loss would mark the first time Chicago has ever defeated the Fever twice in a season, and would drop Indiana into a fourth-place tie with New York (8-11).
• The Fever has had eight different players miss action through 18 games. Star forward Tamika Catchings missed the game at Connecticut due to family reasons. She is hopeful to play Saturday against Chicago.
• Seventy-two-and-a-half (72.5) games have been lost by Fever players this season, mostly due to injury, for an average of 4.03 players per game. Eighteen games have been missed by Jeanette Pohlen and Jessica Davenport; 16 have been missed by Katie Douglas; 13 have been missed by Erin Phillips; three have been missed by Layshia Clarendon, three by Tamika Catchings, two by Jessica Breland and a half was missed by Briann January.
• Tamika Catchings (323) trails DeLisha Milton-Jones (325) by just two on the WNBA’s all-time chart for blocked shots. Milton-Jones is currently 10th. Should Catchings reach the Top 10, she would become the only player in WNBA history to rank in the Top 10 on career lists for points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks.
• 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 Christmas, G - Shavonte Zellous, G - Briann January
Sky: F - Swin Cash, F - Elena Delle Donne, C - Sylvia Fowles, G - Epiphanny Prince, G - Courtney Vandersloot
The Chicago Sky took advantage of the Indiana Fever's injury woes. Epiphanny Prince scored 21 points to lead the Sky to a 71-61 victory over the short-handed Fever on June 26. Chicago held Indiana without a field goal for nearly six minutes of the fourth quarter to rally for the lead and pull away as the Sky finished with a 22-10 edge in the final period. Elena Delle Donne had 13 points and seven rebounds and Sylvia Fowles scored 11 points for the Sky. Prince shot 8-of-14 from the field. The Fever led from the middle of the first quarter to the middle of the fourth before the Sky used a 15-2 run to take control as Indiana went 0-of-10 from the field during their drought. Shavonte Zellous scored 17 points for the Fever, who was without perennial All-Star Tamika Catchings as they lost their sixth straight. Offense was tough to come by for the Fever as they shot 23 percent in the second half and 32 percent for the game. Indiana forced 17 turnovers and scored 19 points from them, but it wasn't enough.
Fever vs. Sun: Tina Charles had 22 points and 12 rebounds as the Connecticut Sun rallied from 16 points down and then held on to beat the Indiana Fever 70-64 on Thursday night. Allison Hightower had 12 points, four rebounds and four assists for last-place Connecticut, which pulled to 2 1/2 games behind the Fever for the fourth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Mistie Bass also had 12 points and four rebounds, and Tan White scored 10 points. Trailing 52-36 with 1:35 left in the third quarter, the Sun used an 18-2 run to tie the score. Bass' hook shot with 50.6 seconds left gave Connecticut, playing for the first time since the All-Star break, a 63-62 lead. The Sun made seven free throws in the final 38.1 seconds, including two each by Hightower and White after Jessica Breland made two to pull the Fever to 66-64 with about 20 seconds to go. Shavonte Zellous had 20 points and Breland added a career-high 17 points and seven rebounds for Indiana. The Fever had only eight players in uniform, with All-Star Tamika Catchings (personal reasons) among those missing. Still, Indiana led for most of the game. It ended the first half with an 11-0 run to take a 34-25 lead at the break and didn't trail again until the final minute.
Sky vs. Mystics: Chicago hosted the Washington Mystics on Friday evening before traveling to Indianapolis. The Sky fell to the Mystics just last week in their final game before the All-Star Break. In that game, Ivory Latta had 18 points and 13 assists as the Mystics rallied from a 21-point deficit and beat the Eastern Conference-leading Sky 82-78. Latta scored 10 points in the third quarter and rookie Emma Meesseman had all 12 of her points in the fourth. The Mystics took control with a 15-4 run midway through the final quarter and went on to snapped a two-game skid. Sylvia Fowles had 21 points and Epiphanny Prince added 18 for the Sky, who had won 10 of 11 against Washington and entered with a season-high, five-game winning streak. Chicago rookie Elena Della Donne, the top All-Star vote-getter, suffered a concussion late in the third quarter and did not play in the fourth. She finished with 12 on 2-for-15 shooting from the field.
Saturday’s matchup is the 31st meeting between Indiana and Chicago in what has been billed as the I-65 series. The Fever has won 24 of the past 30 games and is 14-2 against the Sky at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, including the Sky’s win (71-61) on June 22. Chicago’s only other road win in the series (80-73) came on August 13, 2006, during the Sky’s first season. Indiana had won 13 straight bouts on its home floor prior to this season. The Fever has won six of the past seven meetings, and 13 of 15, including 5-0 marks in both 2010 and 2012.