CHICAGO at INDIANA
Date: Saturday, July 7, 2012
Time: 7:00 p.m. ET
Site: Bankers Life Fieldhouse (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Webcast: Live on FeverBasketball.com
Storylines & Promotions
• Saturday’s game is the fourth of five meetings between the Indiana Fever (8-6) and the Chicago Sky (8-5, pending Friday’s game against New York). The Fever won the first three matchups, 83-72, 84-70 and 81-72, handing the Sky three of its five losses this season.
• Indiana fell to San Antonio on Thursday, 88-72, recording its second loss at Bankers Life Fieldhouse this year. The Fever played without Erin Phillips during the second half of Thursday’s loss. She absorbed an elbow to the head on a defensive rebound late in the second quarter and did not return to the game. She is listed as day-to-day while being treated for concussion symptoms.
• The Sky has lost four out of its last five games after starting the season 7-1. Chicago’s losing streak could be affected by the absence of shooting guard and leading scorer Epiphanny Prince. Prince broke her foot at Indiana on June 16.
• The Fever acquired second-year guard/forward Karima Christmas from the Tulsa Shock in exchange for Roneeka Hodges, in a trade on Tuesday. Christmas did not play in Thursday’s game against San Antonio.
• Chicago’s Sylvia Fowles and Swin Cash will join Tamika Catchings to represent Team USA in the 2012 London Olympics.
• Already the WNBA career leader in free throws, Catchings (1,499) needs to make just one free throw to become the first WNBA player to reach 1,500.
• Already the only player above 6-feet tall to rank among the WNBA’s Top 10 all-time assist leaders, Catchings (1,190) is 10 assists shy of becoming the ninth player in league history to reach 1,200 career assists. She is 16 assists shy of moving past Vickie Johnson (2,905) in the No. 8 spot on the all-time list.
• Join Indiana Members Credit Union on Saturday in supporting the United Way’s BackPack Attack Program. Fans who donate a new backpack or school supply at the game will receive a complimentary Pepsi product. Items collected will be donated to an IPS school in Marion County.
• Saturday is also a Lucas Oil Family Night presented by the Indianapolis Star. Family Night packages include a ticket to the game plus a t-shirt, hot dog, bag of chips and a Pepsi product beginning at $13 per ticket.
Players To Watch
Fever – Tamika Catchings
Catchings recorded the 75th double-double of her career in Thursday’s loss against San Antonio. She finished with 17 points and 15 rebounds, shooting 7-of-14 from the floor and 2-of-2 from the line. The reigning 2011 MVP also added four assists and one steal. With just three games left before she leaves for the London Olympics, Catchings is averaging 17.2 points per game and 7.4 rebounds per game.
Sky – Sylvia Fowles
Fowles is leading the league in rebounding, averaging 12.9 rebounds per game. In Chicago’s win over Atlanta on Sunday, the 6’3” center scored 21 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. Fowles’ double-double was her eleventh in 12 games. She is averaging 18.8 points per game, shooting 63 percent from the floor.
Fever - F-Tamika Catchings, F-Katie Douglas, C-Jessica Davenport, G-Shavonte Zellous, G-Briann January
Sky – F- Swin Cash, F- Ruth Riley, C- Sylvia Fowles, G- Tamera Young, G- Courtney Vandersloot
Fever vs. Silver Stars – The second half was all the San Antonio Silver Stars needed. After a strong first half by Indiana, San Antonio picked up its defense and got better transition play to rally for an 88-72 win over the Fever on Thursday night. Becky Hammon scored 19 points, Jia Perkins had 17 points and Sophia Young added 15 points and eight rebounds to help the Silver Stars (9-5) win their fifth straight. Katie Douglas scored 19 points for the Fever (8-6), who made 12 3-pointers. Tamika Catchings, set for her third trip to the Olympics, had 17 points and a season-high 15 rebounds for her 75th career double-double.
Sky vs. Dream – Sylvia Fowles scored 21 points, including two go-ahead free throws with 33 seconds to play, and Chicago snapped a four-game losing streak with a 71-69 victory over Atlanta last Sunday night.
The Sky (8-5, pending Friday night’s game against New York) rallied from a 14-point third-quarter deficit and led by as many as seven in the fourth before the Dream (7-8) briefly reclaimed the lead at 69-68 on Sancho Lyttle's baseline 3-pointer with 47 seconds remaining. Angel McCoughtry paced the Dream with 21 points, Lyttle had 18 and Lindsey Harding added 13.
Indiana is 3-0 against the Sky this season, with wins at home and on the road. In the last 12 meetings, the Fever has defeated the Sky 11 times. In 2010 and 2011, Indiana was 8-1 against Chicago and undefeated when playing at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.