Indiana (12-14) at Minnesota Lynx (19-7)
Date: Saturday, August 24
Time: 6:00 p.m. (CT) 7:00 p.m. (ET)
Site: Target Center (Minneapolis, Minn.)
Storylines & Promotions
• Indiana (12-14) visits the Minnesota Lynx (19-7) on Saturday, making its first trip to Minneapolis since the 2012 WNBA Finals. The Lynx, who own the best record in the WNBA, beat the Fever on July 11, 69-62 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
• Saturday’s game is the Fever’s fifth straight against the Western Conference. It is the final regular season game Indiana will play against the West this year, leaving its last seven contests against teams from the East, against whom the Fever is battling for playoff position.
• Saturday’s game continues an eight-game stretch which features seven road contests. A West Coast trip behind them, the Fever embarks on four straight road games at Minnesota, New York, Atlanta and Chicago before returning for the regular season’s final three-game homestand. A regular season finale is at Connecticut, Sept. 15, capping a season-ending stretch with 8 of 12 games away from home.
• A Fever win over the Lynx would reflect a two-game win streak and mark three victories this season against current leaders in the East and West. Indiana would retain sole possession of third place in the East with a win on Saturday.
• A loss would be Indiana’s fifth in seven games. A loss would drop the Fever into fourth place in the East standings. A loss would signal a home-court sweep of the Fever by the West’s top four teams – Minnesota (8/24), Los Angeles (8/16), Phoenix (8/14) and Seattle (8/17), all within the past 10 days.
• Tamika Catchings needs five more steals to reach at least 70 thefts for the eighth time in 12 pro seasons.
• Briann January (123) needs four 3-pointers to pass Tan White (126) in the No. 4 spot on the Indiana chart for career 3-point field goals.
• Counting the absence of All-Star Shavonte Zellous, who recently missed four games due to plantar fasciitis, the Fever has had nine different players miss action this season. Zellous returned to the starting lineup in Wednesday’s win over San Antonio.
Fever: F - Tamika Catchings, C - Erlana Larkins, G - Karima Christmas, G - Shavonte Zellous, G - Briann January
Lynx: F- Maya Moore, F- Rebekkah Brunson, C- Janel McCarville, G- Seimone Augustus, G- Lindsay Whalen
Lindsay Whalen had 23 points and Monica Wright added 22 points and nine rebounds as the Minnesota Lynx beat the Indiana Fever 69-62 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The Fever made runs at the Lynx, but never managed to catch them. Indiana cut the lead to 46-45 late in the third quarter, but Minnesota answered with a 6-0 run to push the margin back to seven. Shavonte Zellous led the Fever with 14 points. It was a struggle all around for Indiana offensively against a Minnesota defense that keyed on Zellous and Tamika Catchings. The Fever shot just 34 percent from the field (21-of-61), and Catchings was held to nine points on 2-of-10 shooting.
Fever vs. Silver Stars, Aug. 21: Shavonte Zellous scored 11 of her 20 points in the fourth quarter, Tamika Catchings added 19 points and seven rebounds, and Indiana snapped a three-game losing streak with an 80-63 victory over the San Antonio Silver Stars. Danielle Adams had 17 points and nine rebounds, and Jia Perkins scored 12 points for the Silver Stars. Zellous opened the fourth quarter with a jumper and two free throws to make it 62-50. Later, she scored back-to-back layups and a 3-pointer to give the Fever a 73-57 lead and Indiana never looked back.
Lynx vs. Sun, Aug. 22: Rebekkah Brunson had a season-high 24 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Minnesota Lynx in a 91-77 victory over the Connecticut Sun. Seimone Augustus scored 18 points, Maya Moore had 17, Lindsay Whalen added 12 and Janel McCarville 11 for the Lynx, who shot a season-best 58 percent (38 for 66) from the floor. Tina Charles had 22 points and 12 rebounds, Renee Montgomery scored 16 points and Tan White had 13 for the Sun. Minnesota shot 66 percent from the field (21 for 32) in the first half, stretching a 27-18 lead after one quarter to 50-35 at halftime.
The Lynx hold a 13-12 edge in a regular season series that hosts its 26th meeting on Saturday. The Fever beat Minnesota 3-1 in a WNBA Finals series last season, but the Lynx have won the past four regular season meetings, and 8 of 11, since Indiana won three straight between 2006 and 2007. The clubs are virtually deadlocked on each other’s home floors, also, with Minnesota owning a 7-6 mark in Indianapolis and the teams split 6-6 at Target Center. Indiana has won two of its last three regular season bouts in Minneapolis.