INDIANA at TULSA
Date: Saturday, June 23, 2012
Time: 8:00 p.m. ET
Site: BOK Center (Tulsa, Okla.)
Webcast: Archived on FeverBasketball.com
Storylines & Promotions
• Saturday’s contest is the first of two times Indiana plays Tulsa this season. The Shock plays at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on September 23, the Fever’s last regular season game.
• Indiana (6-4) is coming off of a 95-61victory over the Connecticut Sun, who previously handed Indiana two of its four losses this season. The Fever’s 95 points were its most this season and its 57 points in the first half matched the second most in a half in franchise history.
• The Fever hit a franchise record 15 3-pointers in Thursday’s game, one shy of the WNBA record.
• The Shock (1-11) is the first Western Conference team that Indiana will face this year. The first 10 games of the Fever’s schedule have been against Eastern Conference opponents.
• Tulsa clinched its first win of the season against Phoenix last Sunday. The Shock’s losing record is partially due to injured players. Both Jennifer Lacy and Scholanda Dorrell are recovering from right knee injuries and are expected to be out for four-to-six weeks.
• The Shock recently signed power-forward Courtney Paris, who was waived by the Atlanta Dream after four games this season.
•With her two 3-point field goals on Thursday, Katie Douglas became the fifth player in WNBA history to hit 600 3-pointers in her career.
•Already the WNBA career leader in steals, Tamika Catchings is two steals from becoming the first player to reach 800.
Players to Watch
Fever – Briann January
January led Indiana with a season-high 20 points in Thursday’s win over Connecticut. The 5’8” point guard from Arizona State is starting for the Fever after coming back from an ACL injury that ended her season early in 2011. In Thursday’s performance, January hit 8-of-14 from the floor and 4-of-5 from behind the arc. She also added three assists and one steal in under 27 minutes of play. January is averaging 10.5 ppg and 3.5 apg.
Shock – Tameka Johnson
Tulsa made a trade with Phoenix for Johnson before the 2012 season. Johnson is proving to be the leader Tulsa needed, averaging a career-high 14.5 points per game through the first 10 games this season. The 5’3” guard from Louisiana State is a veteran who helped the Mercury win a WNBA title in 2009. In the Shock’s game at Los Angeles on Wednesday, Johnson finished with 11 points, six rebounds and four assists.
Fever - F-Tamika Catchings, F- Katie Douglas, C-Tammy Sutton-Brown, G- Shavonte Zellous, G-Briann January
Shock – F- Karima Christmas, F- Glory Johnson, C- Kayla Pedersen, G- Ivory Latta, G- Temeka Johnson
Fever vs. Sun — Briann January scored 20 points and Katie Douglas added 17 to help Indiana cruise to a 95-61 victory over Connecticut on Thursday night. Tamika Catchings had 13 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists for the Fever (6-4), who set a franchise record with 15 3-pointers. The Fever had lost four of five, including an 88-85 defeat at Connecticut on Tuesday. Mistie Mims scored 11 points and Kara Lawson and Ashja Jones added 10 for the Sun (9-3). Tina Charles, the league's No. 3 scorer, was held to six points on 3-for-11 shooting.
Shock vs. Sparks — Candace Parker scored 33 points and had a career-high nine blocks and the Los Angeles Sparks remained undefeated at home with a 95-79 victory against the Tulsa Shock on Wednesday night.The Sparks (9-3) improved to 6-0 at home, their best start since they went 7-0 in 2006. The Shock (1-10), who ended a 15-game losing streak Sunday, lost their ninth consecutive road game. Tulsa's last road win came at Los Angeles on Aug. 26, 2011. Glory Johnson led Tulsa with a season-high 19 points and Temeka Johnson added 11.
In the last two seasons, Indiana is 3-1 against Tulsa and 1-1 when playing at the BOK Center. In 2009 the Fever defeated the Shock 2-1 in the Eastern Conference Finals, when the franchise was in Detroit. The Fever is 21-19 overall against the Shock.