SEATTLE at INDIANA
Date: Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Time: 7:00 p.m. ET
Site: Bankers Life Fieldhouse (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Radio: 1070 The Fan
Webcast: Live on FeverBasketball.com
• Wednesday’s game is the second and final matchup between the Indiana Fever (19-9) and Seattle Storm (13-15) this season. In the two teams’ first meeting, the Fever pulled out the 68-66 victory with a last-second 3-pointer from Shavonte Zellous.
• The Fever has won nine of 11 games since the Olympic break, including an 89-83 victory over the Phoenix Mercury on Sunday. Katie Douglas scored a season-high 30 points and became the 10th player in WNBA history to join the 5,000 club for career points.
• Indiana is 1.5 games behind the Connecticut Sun in the Eastern Conference. The Fever can clinch homecourt advantage in the Eastern Conference Semifinals with at least the No. 2 seed in the East with just one more win, or one more loss by the Atlanta Dream.
• One more win will also mark the fourth straight season and seventh time in eight years that the Fever has 20 or more wins in a season. Indiana would be the first WNBA franchise to record 20 or more wins, seven times in eight years.
• In its win against the Mercury, the Fever set a single-season franchise record for 3-pointers, with 230 so far this season. Indiana is still on pace to break the WNBA record for 3-pointers in a season. The record is 283 set by Phoenix in 2007. The team is also chasing the WNBA record for 3-point field goal percentage in a season. The existing mark is 40.9 percent and the Fever currently is shooting 41.4 percent on average.
• With the Mercury’s loss to Indiana, the Storm clinched its ninth consecutive playoff berth, the most of any WNBA franchise. The Storm has won two of its past three games.
• While Katie Douglas (645 3FG, 581 steals) is the only player in WNBA history to achieve career milestones of 500 3-point field goals and 500 steals, Tamika Catchings is in a race with Seattle’s Sue Bird to become just the second. Catchings (496 3FG, 833 steals) needs four 3-pointers to reach 500/500. Bird (595 3FG, 494 steals) needs six steals to reach 500/500.
• Owning the third-most double-doubles in WNBA history, Catchings (79) remains TWO double-doubles shy of Yolanda Griffith, second with 81.
• On pace for 83 3-point field goals this season, Douglas (69) is eight 3-pointers shy of breaking Tamika Catchings’ franchise-record of 76 in a season, set in 2002. Douglas’ career high was 73, in 2006 while with Connecticut. She is bidding to become just the third player in WNBA history to hit 80 3FGs in a season (joining Katie Smith and Diana Taurasi).
• Douglas (994) needs six assists to become the 15th player in WNBA history with 1,000 career assists.
• You feeling wacky? The Fever is offering Wacky Wednesday seats for Wednesday’s game with Seattle! Seats in the Krieg DeVault Club Level are available for just $5!
• In honor of the Fever’s 8th straight playoff appearance, fans who register at FeverBasketball.com prior to September 14 will receive an exclusive offer of $8 off any lower level Lucas Oil Family Night ticket and receive first access to seats for Home Game 1 of the opening-round playoff series. Lucas Oil Family Night tickets include a voucher for a hot dog, chips, Pepsi product and a Fever t-shirt. Playoff tickets go on sale to the public at 10:00 a.m., Friday, Sept. 14.
Players To Watch
Fever – Katie Douglas
Since the Olympic break Douglas has scored in double figures in 10 out of 11 games. She was the leading scorer for the Fever in five of those games, including a season-high 30 point performance against the Phoenix Mercury on Sunday. Douglas is averaging 16.5 points per game and averaging over 40 percent from the field and the 3-point line. In addition, she adds an average of 3.8 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.54 steals per game.
Storm – Camille Little
Little is one of two players for the Storm that has started all 27 games this season. In the game against Tulsa on Sept. 8, the 6’2” forward led her team in both points and rebounds with 28 and nine respectively. Little shot 12-of-17 from the field and made her only 3-point attempt. She added four assists and two blocked shots in 27 minutes of play.
Fever - F-Tamika Catchings, F-Katie Douglas, C-Tammy Sutton-Brown, G-Shavonte Zellous, G-Briann January
Storm – F- Katie Smith, F- Camille Little, C- Lauren Jackson, G- Tanisha Wright, G- Sue Bird
Fever vs. Mercury – Katie Douglas scored 30 points on 12-of-18 shooting to help the Indiana Fever edge the Phoenix Mercury 89-83. Tamika Catchings also contributed 19 points for the Fever, winners in nine of their last 11 games. The Mercury came in winners in three of their last four contests, but fell short on Sunday. DeWanna Bonner led Phoenix in scoring, putting in 23 points while also grabbing eight rebounds and dishing out five assists. Phoenix also got double-digit efforts out of Charde Houston and Lynetta Kizer, who scored 14 and 11 points respectfully.
Storm vs. Dream – Angel McCoughtry scored 23 points, Erika DeSouza had 20 and the Dream pulled away late to beat the Seattle Storm 77-61 for their fifth win in six games Tuesday night. Sancho Lyttle scored 13 points and Armintie Price had 10 for the Dream (17-14), who are firmly in third place in the Eastern Conference but haven't officially clinched a playoff berth yet. Seattle pulled to 55-54 on a 3-pointer by Sue Bird early in the fourth quarter. However, Atlanta went on a 13-0 run to regain control and finished with a 22-7 spurt. Lauren Jackson had 14 points and nine rebounds and Camille Little added 13 points and eight boards for the Storm (13-15), who have already secured their WNBA-record ninth consecutive playoff berth.
In the past three seasons Indiana is 4-3 against the Storm and 3-0 when playing at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The Fever have only lost to Seattle three times at home in 11 seasons. Indiana beat the Storm twice in the 2006 season, the only time the Fever swept the two-game series.