WASHINGTON at INDIANA
Date: Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Time: 7:00 p.m. ET
Site: Bankers Life Fieldhouse (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Webcast: Live on FeverBasketball.com
• This is the third of four times Indiana and Washington will meet. The Mystics defeated the Fever 67-66 on June 15, while Indiana crushed the Mystics 84-66 on August 16. The two teams will meet once more at Washington on September 21.
• With its 85-72 victory over Phoenix on Saturday, Indiana (14-8) is on a two game winning streak, victorious in four out of its last five contests.
• The Fever finished 2-1 on its three-game West Coast road trip, remaining in second place in the Eastern Conference standings, 2.5 games behind Connecticut.
• Last in Eastern Conference standings, Washington is 5-18. The Mystics are on a two-game losing streak, falling to their opponents four out of the last five games.
• Washington recently announced the signing of free agent forward Iziane Castro Marques. Castro Marques is a nine-year WNBA veteran who Fever fans will remember as a rival from the Atlanta Dream during past playoff matchups.
• The Fever is 8-3 when playing at home this season, while the Mystics are just 1-10 when playing on the road.
• Tuesday is the Fever’s annual Adopt A Pet Night! Fans can come to the game and drive home with a new dog or cat! All the pets have their shots, are spayed or neutered, microchiped, and are available for adoption and take home that night. Dogs are $40 and cats are $30. Plus anyone that adopts a pet that night will receive a Fever pet adoption prize pack with things you will need for the new addition to your family
• Tuesday’s game is an IMCU 2 for 1 Tuesday. Pick up a voucher at any IMCU locations for a special 2 for 1 ticket offer for all Tuesday and Thursday home games. Or visit the Bankers Life Fieldhouse Box Office and ask for the IMCU 2 for 1 ticket offer.
Players To Watch
Fever – Briann January
January scored a career high 22 points in Indiana’s victory over the Phoenix Mercury on Saturday. She shot 8-of-15 from the field, 3-of-6 from behind the arc, and 3-of-4 from the free throw line. She also dished three assists and committed only one turnover. The 5’8” point guard out of Arizona State is averaging 10.7 points and 3.5 assists per contest.
Mystics – Crystal Langhorne
Langhorne is the Mystics leading scorer, averaging 15.9 points per contest. In Washington’s loss against Atlanta on Friday she finished with a double-double, scoring 17 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. The 6’2” forward shot 7-of-13 from the field and 3-of-4 from the line. Langhorne is averaging 6.6 rebounds per game.
Fever - F-Tamika Catchings, F- Shavonte Zellous, C-Tammy Sutton-Brown, G- Katie Douglas, G-Briann January
Mystics – F- Monique Currie, F- Crystal Langhorne, C- Michelle Snow, G- Noelle Quinn, G- Jasmine Thomas
Fever vs. Phoenix - Briann January scored 22 points, including three 3-pointers, to lead the Indiana Fever to an 85-72 win over Phoenix on Saturday night, handing the Mercury their 10th straight loss. Katie Douglas added 16 points and six rebounds for Indiana (14-8), which has won four of its last five. Diana Taurasi, in just her third game with the Mercury (4-19) this season, scored 19 points. It was Taurasi's first game for Phoenix since leading the U.S. to a fifth straight gold medal at the Olympics.
Mystics vs. Atlanta - Atlanta didn't even need Olympic gold medalist Angel McCoughtry, thanks to Washington's mistakes. Armintie Price paced five double-figure scorers with 19 points and the Dream climbed above .500 for the first time this season with an 81-69 victory over the Mystics on Friday night.
Tiffany Hayes and Lindsey Harding each scored 16 points for the Dream (12-11). McCoughtry, the WNBA's leading scorer, sat out for personal reasons, according to Dream coach Marynell Meadors. Matee Ajavon scored 16 of her 20 points in the fourth quarter and Crystal Langhorne had 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Mystics (5-18). Washington has lost four of five since returning from the Olympic break, including two straight.
The Fever is 1-1 against the Mystics this season, though in the last three seasons Indiana is 10-3 against Washington, winning all five contests in 2011. Indiana defeated the Mystics 2-0 in the Eastern Conference Semifinals in 2009.