INDIANA at SAN ANTONIO
Date: Friday, September 7, 2012
Time: 8:00 p.m. ET
Site: AT&T Center (San Antonio, Texas)
Webcast: Live on FeverBasketball.com
Storylines & Promotions
• Both the Fever and the Silver Stars enter this game at 17-9. This is the second of two regular season meetings between the teams. In the first matchup, San Antonio defeated Indiana at Banker Life Fieldhouse, 88-72.
• Indiana is looking to bounce back from its 71-64 loss at Atlanta on Wednesday. Prior to falling to the Dream the Fever won five straight contests, its longest winning streak this season. Indiana enters the bout with San Antonio having won 7 of 9 games since the Olympic break.
• San Antonio fell to the Phoenix Mercury on Saturday, 94-90, and is looking to snap its three-game losing streak. The Silver Stars have won 4 of 8 since returning from the Olympic break.
• Both Indiana and San Antonio have clinched 2012 WNBA playoff berths. The Fever is second in Eastern Conference Standings, trailing conference leader Connecticut by 2.5 games. The Silver Stars are third in the Western Conference, five games behind first place Minnesota and one game behind Los Angeles. Indiana can clinch at least the No. 3 seed in the East with just one more victory.
• The Silver Stars are 9-2 when playing at the AT&T Center this year and the Fever is 7-6 when playing on the road.
• Katie Douglas and the Silver Stars’ Becky Hammon are tied with 65 3-pointers this season, the most in the WNBA. Douglas needs 12 more 3-pointers to break the Fever’s single-season mark of 76, set by Tamika Catchings as a rookie in 2002.
• With 23 points in Wednesday’s loss, Douglas passed Taj McWilliams-Franklin as the 10th-leading scorer in WNBA history (4,968). Douglas needs 32 points to become the league’s 10th player to reach 5,000 career points.
Players to Watch
Fever – Katie Douglas
Douglas sank five 3-pointers and finished with 23 points in Indiana’s loss at Atlanta on Wednesday. She shot 7-of-16 from the field and went a perfect 4-of-4 from the free-throw line. The veteran guard is averaging 16 points per contest, shooting over 40 percent from the field and over 43 percent from behind the arc. Douglas has made 72-of-82 free-throws this season and has scored in double figures eight out of the last nine contests.
Silver Stars – Sophia Young
In San Antonio’s loss to the Mercury on Saturday, Young scored a career high 32 points on 14-of-20 shooting. She also grabbed eight rebounds, dished two assists and had one theft. The 6’1” forward out of Baylor is averaging 16.7 points per game, shooting over 53 percent from the field. In the Silver Stars’ last three contests, Young combined for 71 points and 24 rebounds, averaging 23.6 points and 8.0 rebounds per game.
Fever - F-Tamika Catchings, F- Katie Douglas, C-Tammy Sutton-Brown, G- Shavonte Zellous, G-Briann January
Silver Stars – F- Shameka Christon F- Sophia Young C- Jayne Appel G- Danielle Robinson G- Becky Hammon
Fever vs. Dream - Lindsey Harding scored 20 points and Angel McCoughtry came off the bench to add 15, leading the Atlanta Dream to a 71-64 win over the Indiana Fever on Wednesday night. Tiffany Hayes added 12 points and Sancho Lyttle 10 for Atlanta, which has won three straight under new coach Fred Williams as it tries to keep pace in the Eastern Conference. The third-place Dream is three games behind the Fever in the East and five back of Connecticut. Katie Douglas hit five 3-pointers and scored 23 points for Indiana (17-9). Tamika Catchings added 13 points and nine rebounds.
Silver Stars vs. Mercury – DeWanna Bonner had 22 points, nine rebounds, four assists and two blocked shots to lead Phoenix past the San Antonio Silver Stars 94-90 on Saturday night, giving the Mercury back-to-back wins for the first time this season. Diana Taurasi added 25 points and four assists for Phoenix (6-19), which moved out of last place in the Western Conference and handed the Silver Stars (17-9) their fourth loss in five games. Sophia Young had a career-high 32 points and added eight rebounds for San Antonio.
Indiana is 0-1 against the Silver Stars this season. The Fever won both games against San Antonio last season, though in the last four years Indiana is 1-3 against San Antonio when playing at the AT&T Center. Overall the series is tied 11-11.