Indiana (15-16) vs. Washington (14-17)
Date: Tuesday, September 10
Time: 7:00 p.m. (ET)
Site: Bankers Life Fieldhouse (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Television - None
Radio - None
Webcast - Live webcast and stats can be accessed via WNBA Live Access on FeverBasketball.com.
Storylines & Promotions
• Indiana (15-16) hosts the Washington Mystics (14-17) with hopes of securing the East’s No. 3 seed in the upcoming WNBA Playoffs. Meanwhile, Washington, one game behind the Fever in fourth place, seeks a win to secure a playoff berth of its own.
• With a win, Indiana can secure the No. 3 seed by virtue of moving two games ahead of the Mystics and claiming the season tiebreaker. The Fever owns a 2-1 series lead over Washington.
• A Fever win over the Mystics would be its fourth in five games, and its 11th in the past 13 meetings with Washington. A loss would snap Indiana’s two-game win streak and eliminate the Fever from contention for the No. 2 seed in the East.
• By virtue of Saturday’s win over Connecticut, the Fever has reached the WNBA Playoffs in nine consecutive seasons, and 10 times in 14 years. Playoffs begin Sept. 19, with the Fever likely to host Game 2 of an Eastern Conference series on Saturday, Sept. 21 or Sunday, Sept. 22. An exclusive online playoff offer is available at FeverBasketball.com until 10:00 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 16 when tickets for the Eastern Conference Semifinals go on sale to the public online, at Bankers Life Fieldhouse and at all Ticketmaster outlets.
• Indiana hosts the Mystics to continue the regular season’s final homestand. A final home game is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 13 against the New York Liberty. The regular season finale is at Connecticut, Sept. 15, capping a season-ending stretch with 8 of 12 games away from home.
• Tuesday’s game continues an end-of-season stretch with each of the Fever’s last seven contests against teams from the East. Engaged in a contest with Atlanta (17-14), Washington and New York (11-20) to secure the East’s last three playoff spots – two of the three visit Bankers Life Fieldhouse this week.
Fever: F - Tamika Catchings, C - Erlana Larkins, G - Karima Christmas, G - Shavonte Zellous, G - Briann January
Mystics: F- Monique Currie, F- Crystal Langhorne, C- Kia Vaughn, G- Matee Ajavon, G- Ivory Latta
(July 21, 2013): Tamika Catchings had 23 points, 10 rebounds and six assists, helping the Indiana Fever continue its turnaround with a 65-52 win over the Washington Mystics. Shavonte Zellous scored 12 points for the visiting Fever, who swept two consecutive games in three days. The Fever closed the first half on 12-1 run, including the final seven points, and Zellous opened the third quarter with two free throws for a 32-16 lead. Catchings' free throws later in the quarter capped an 8-0 spurt as Indiana led 42-24, then 49-36 entering the fourth quarter. Monique Currie was the lone player to reach double figures for Washington, finishing with 15 points on 7-of-11 shooting.
Fever vs Sun (Sept. 7): Indiana locked up its ninth consecutive postseason berth with a hard-earned 69-60 victory over the Connecticut Sun. Chalk up Saturday night's victory to a team effort. Four Indiana players scored in double figures, led by Tamika Catchings' 15 points. The Fever held the Sun to 37.5 percent shooting (24-of-64). Jessica Breland totaled 12 points and nine rebounds against the Sun. She and Erlana Larkins combined for 14 points and eight rebounds in the fourth quarter as Indiana took over a close game. Kelsey Griffin had 14 points and seven rebounds and Tan White had 13 points for Sun, who lost for the eighth time in their last nine games.
Mystics vs Sky (Sept. 8): Elena Delle Donne scored 22 points as the Sky beat Washington 93-79 to prevent the Mystics from clinching a playoff spot. Epiphanny Prince added 21 points for the Sky. Swin Cash had 16 points and Sylvia Fowles had 13 points and nine rebounds to help Chicago won its seventh game in its last eight. Ivory Latta scored 18 points on six 3-pointers for Washington, which closed within two points in the third quarter but never led after the first.
Indiana leads the regular-season series with Washington, 35-16, following consecutive wins in July. The Fever has won 10 of the past 12 meetings, and 11 of 14. In Indy, the Fever is 19-6 with six straight wins the past three seasons. Indiana has dominated the series since 2006, winning the season series in every year but 2010. Since 2006, Indiana is 23-7 against the Mystics overall, 12-3 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. In 2009, Indiana dispatched the Mystics 2-0 in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.