Indiana Fever (14-16) vs Connecticut Sun (8-22)
Date: Saturday, September 7
Time: 7:00 p.m. (ET)
Site: Bankers Life Fieldhouse (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Television - FSI, NBATV
Radio - None
Webcast - Live webcast and stats can be accessed via WNBA Live Access on FeverBasketball.com.
Storylines & Promotions
• Indiana (14-16) hosts the Connecticut Sun (8-22) to begin the Fever’s final homestand of the 2013 regular season. It is their fourth of five meetings this year and the first of two in the final week. The Sun owns a 2-1 series lead, splitting a pair of games in Indianapolis already and beating the Fever, who played with just eight players, at Mohegan Sun Arena on Aug. 1, 70-60.
• With Indiana’s win last night and losses by New York and Washington, the Fever not only moved into a tie for third place, but are assured to finish no worse than a fourth-place tie with New York.The Fever will clinch its ninth straight playoff berth with a win tonight.
• Saturday’s contest pits a pair of teams both playing on back-to-back evenings and traveling Saturday morning. Connecticut defeated Washington at home on Friday evening while the Fever won at Chicago.
• Indiana hosts the Sun to begin the regular season’s final homestand. Home games with Washington (Tuesday, Sept. 10) and New York (Friday, Sept. 13) follow Saturday’s game. The regular season finale is at Connecticut on Sept. 15, capping a season-ending stretch with 8 of 12 games away from home.
• Saturday’s game continues an end-of-season stretch with each of the Fever’s last seven contests against teams from the East.
• Indiana plays its last six regular season games in an 11-day stretch between Sept. 4 and Sept. 15.
• Shavonte Zellous (403) needs 4 points to surpass the career high she set for single-season scoring (406) as a rookie with the Detroit Shock in 2009.
Fever: F - Tamika Catchings, C - Erlana Larkins, G - Karima Christmas, G - Shavonte Zellous, G - Briann January
Sun: F - Kalana Greene, F - Kelsey Griffin, C - Mistie Bass, G - Renee Montgomery, G - Tan White
(August 1, 2013): 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. Allison Hightower had 12 points, four rebounds and four assists. 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. Shavonte Zellous had 20 points and Jessica 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.
Fever at Sky (Sept. 6): Briann January scored a career-high 23 points, Erlana Larkins had 13 points and 12 rebounds and the Indiana Fever held off the Chicago Sky 82-77. The defending champion Fever moved into a tie with Washington for third place in the Eastern Conference and can clinch their ninth consecutive playoff berth by beating Connecticut at home Saturday. Shavonte Zellous added 14 points, Karima Christmas had 11, and Tamika Catchings finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Larkins also had a career-best six assists. Sylvia Fowles scored 23 points for Chicago, which had its seven-game winning streak snapped to drop to 21-9. Epiphanny Prince added 19 points, and Elena Delle Donne had 14, and Swin Cash 13.
Sun vs. Mystics (Sept. 6): Tan White matched her career high with 26 points and had six assists to help the short-handed Connecticut Sun beat the Washington Mystics 77-70, putting an end to a seven-game losing streak. Kelsey Griffin added 17 points, and Mistie Bass had eight points and 10 rebounds for Connecticut. Crystal Langhorne had 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Mystics, and Tayler Hill scored 15 points.
Indiana trails the all-time regular-season series with Connecticut, 31-20, including two losses in three games this summer, and three losses in four games in 2012. Connecticut has won six of the past eight regular-season meetings between the teams. The clubs have split the last four meetings at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. 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 with the Fever owning a 3-1 mark on its home floor.