Indiana Fever (13-15) at Atlanta Dream (15-13)
Date: Wednesday, September 4
Time: 7:00 p.m. (ET)
Site: Philips Arena (Atlanta, Ga.)
Television - None
Radio - None
Webcast - Live webcast and stats can be accessed via WNBA Live Access on FeverBasketball.com.
Storylines & Promotions
• Indiana (13-15) visits the Atlanta Dream (15-13) Wednesday evening in a game featuring teams vying for final playoff spots in the Eastern Conference. It is the last of four meetings between the teams this season, with Atlanta owning a 2-1 lead in the season series. At Philips Arena, the Dream captured a 76-60 decision on June 25, in one of four games the Fever has played this season with just eight players. Indiana and Atlanta split a pair of meetings at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
• Wednesday’s game continues an end-of-season stretch with each of the Fever’s last seven contests against teams from the East. With fourth-place Indiana engaged in a tight contest with Atlanta, Washington (14-15) and New York (11-19) to secure the East’s last three playoff spots, the playoff race is on.
• Indiana will play its last six regular season games in an 11-day stretch between Sept. 4 and Sept. 15.
• Wednesday’s game continues an eight-game stretch which features seven road contests. A West Coast trip and games at Minnesota and New York behind them, the Fever has road games at 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 Dream would be its third in four games, and would knot the season series with Atlanta, 2-2. Indiana can move into a third-place tie with Washington in the East standings with a win on Wednesday.
• A loss would be Indiana’s fifth in seven games, and would clinch the season series and tiebreaker for Atlanta against the Fever. Even with a loss, Indiana would retain a 2 ½-game lead over the Liberty in fourth place.
• Tamika Catchings needs one more steal to reach at least 70 thefts for the eighth time in 12 pro seasons.
• Tamika Catchings (1,999) needs one field goal to reach 2,000 for her career, joining a select group of WNBA stars including Tina Thompson (2,613), Lisa Leslie (2,332), Lauren Jackson (2,090), Tangela Smith (2,059), Katie Smith (2,040) and DeLisha Milton-Jones (2,010). Catchings is seventh. Taj McWilliams-Franklin has 1,985. Diana Taurasi is right behind with 1,973.
• Briann January (125) needs two 3FG to pass Tan White (126) in the No. 4 spot on the Indiana chart for career 3-point field goals.
Fever: F - Tamika Catchings, C - Erlana Larkins, G - Karima Christmas, G - Shavonte Zellous, G - Briann January
Dream: F-Angel McCoughtry, F- Le’coe Willingham, C- Erika de Souza, G- Jasmine Thomas, G- Alex Bentley
(August 10, 2013) Making her first start of the season, Erin Phillips set a career high with five 3-pointers to help the Fever defeat the Dream 80-66. Tamika Catchings scored 21 points to lead the Fever. Indiana finished 8 of 14 on 3-pointers, tying a season high for made 3s. Phillips finished with 15 points. She was 5 of 9 from the field, 5 of 7 from beyond the arc. Karima Christmas added 15 points for the Fever, her seventh straight game in double digits, and Briann January scored 13 as Indiana shot a season-best 50 percent from the field. Erlana Larkins added eight points and 11 rebounds. Angel McCoughtry led the Dream with 17 points. Erika DeSouza added 13 points, Alex Bentley scored 11 and Jasmine Thomas added 10 points for Atlanta.
Fever vs. Liberty (Aug. 30): Tamika Catchings scored 22 points and Shavonte Zellous added 21 to lead the Indiana Fever to a 73-67 win over the New York Liberty. Clinging to a 66-65 lead in the final minutes, Zellous found Erlana Larkins for a layup and a 68-65 lead. The Liberty’s Katie Smith hit a baseline jumper to close the margin to one, but the Liberty never scored again. Rookie Kelsey Bone scored 13 points off the bench to pace New York, scoring six of the Liberty’s eight points during an 8-0 run to give the home team its only lead of the game, 54-52.
Dream vs. Sparks (Sept. 2): Erika De Souza scored a season-high 27 points and grabbed six rebounds as the Atlanta Dream beat the Los Angeles Sparks 92-82 to snap a four-game losing streak. The Dream shot 52.3 percent from the field, its best game from the floor since June 30, and also connected on 22 of 24 free throws. Candace Parker had 16 points, nine rebounds and eight assists to lead the Sparks. Nneka Ogwumike added 17 points and 11 rebounds, and Lindsey Harding scored 16 points. The Sparks put together two runs in the second half, closing the gap in both the third quarter and the fourth quarter. Parker made two free throws to cut what was once a 19-point second-half deficit to 75-70 with 5:50 to play, but inside buckets by de Souza and LeCoe Willingham halted Los Angeles' momentum and the Dream regained control.
The all-time series between the Dream and Fever is knotted at 12 games apiece. Atlanta has won 2 of 3 so far this season, while Indiana had three wins in five meetings last season. Counting the 2012 Eastern Conference Semifinals, the Fever beat the Dream in 5 of 8 contests last year. At Philips Arena, the Fever is 3-8 in the regular season, 4-9 overall.