MINNESOTA at INDIANA
Date: Friday, September 14, 2012
Time: 7:00 p.m. ET
Site: Bankers Life Fieldhouse (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Webcast: Live on FeverBasketball.com
• Friday is the first time Indiana (20-9) and defending WNBA champion Minnesota (24-5) will meet this season. The Fever will play at Minnesota on Monday for the second and final regular season matchup.
• The Fever is on a three-game winning streak and has won 10 of 12 games since the Olympic break. Indiana capped its 20th win of the season with a 72-48 victory over Seattle on Wednesday. The Fever is the first franchise in WNBA history to claim seven 20-win seasons in an eight-year span.
• Wednesday’s win also means that Indiana will finish no worse than second place in the Eastern Conference. The victory gave the Fever home-court advantage in the first round of the 2012 WNBA playoffs. Indiana is only 1.5 games behind Eastern Conference leader Connecticut.
• Minnesota’s 11-game winning streak was snapped on Friday when the Lynx fell to Chicago, 83-70. Minnesota has already clinched the Western Conference and homecourt advantage for the first two rounds of the playoffs.
• The Fever caused Seattle to commit 28 turnovers, a franchise record for turnovers by an opponent. Seventeen of the Storm’s 28 turnovers were a result of Indiana steals, which is the team’s most in 2012.
• Lynx Olympic guard Seimone Augustus did not play in Minnesota’s last two contests due to a sprained right foot.
• Katie Douglas’ first 3-pointer on Wednesday was her 70th of the season. She is just the second player in Fever history to ever hit 70+ in a season. Her total of 72 leaves her one shy of her own career-best for a season and four short of the franchise record of 76 by Tamika Catchings in 2002. Douglas only needs eight in the last five regular season games to join the Storm’s Katie Smith and Phoenix’s Diana Taurasi as the only players in WNBA history to make 80 or more 3-pointers in a season.
• Owning the third-most double-doubles in WNBA history, Catchings (79) remains TWO double-doubles shy of Yolanda Griffith, second with 81.
• Douglas (995) needs five assists to become the 15th player in WNBA history with 1,000 career assists.
• Friday is Breast Health Awareness Night presented by Community Health Network. The Fever will wear specially-designed pink uniforms to honor the occasion. The first 3,000 fans will receive pink Fever sunglasses courtesy of Community Health Network.
• Fans can “Catch Fever Friday” by attending Friday’s game with lower-level tickets reduced to just $24.
• Immediately following Friday’s game, the Fever will conduct its third-annual Breast Health Awareness Live Auction with every player’s game-worn pink jersey among many autographed items up for bid to benefit the Community Breast Health Fund. The entire Fever team and coach Lin Dunn will assist with auction proceedings that include pink game-worn shoes; autographed photos of Tamika Catchings from the 2012 Olympics; other autographed items from Fever players, Pacers players, Larry Bird and other professional athletes; a variety of player “experience” packages with Fever players; a cooking “experience” package with Coach Dunn; a complimentary 20-person suite, plus food and beverages, to the Fever’s final regular season game on Sept. 23; and a Bankers Life Fieldhouse Family Fun Entertainment package that includes four tickets to a variety of upcoming events.
• A pregame Chalk Talk featuring a surgeon from Community Health Network will take place in Locker Room Restaurant beginning at 6:30 p.m.
• The Fever will host Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Thursday, Sept. 27 or Friday, Sept. 28. 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
Douglas has scored in double figures in 11 of 12 games since the Olympic break. She was the leading scorer for the Fever in six of those games, including her 16-point performance against Seattle on Wednesday. Douglas is averaging 16.5 points per game. The 6’0” veteran is shooting over 41 percent from the field and over 43 percent from the 3-point range.
Lynx – Rebekkah Brunson
Besides the obvious talent in Olympic trio consisting of Maya Moore, Seimone Augustus and Lindsay Whalen, Rebekkah Brunson is an important piece to Minnesota’s consistency on the court. Brunson is averaging 12.6 points and 9.6 rebounds per contest. In the Lynx’s loss at Chicago on Tuesday, she finished with 17 points, shooting 7-of-12 from the floor. She also grabbed five rebounds and dished one assist. The 6’2” veteran forward has started every game this season, averaging 27 minutes per contest.
Fever - F-Tamika Catchings, F-Katie Douglas, C-Tammy Sutton-Brown, G-Shavonte Zellous, G-Briann January
Lynx – F- Maya Moore, F- Rebekkah Brunson, C- Taj McWilliams-Franklin, G- Monica Wright, G- Lindsay Whalen
Fever vs. Storm – Katie Douglas scored 16 points and the Indiana Fever forced a franchise-record 28 turnovers in a 72-48 victory over the Seattle Storm on Wednesday night. Tamika Catchings added 13 points, seven rebounds and a season-high six steals for the Fever (20-9), who have won eight of nine. The Fever is 10-2 since the Olympic break and remains in contention for the top seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. Svetlana Abrosimova had 11 points and eight rebounds for the Storm (13-16).
Lynx vs. Sky – Epiphanny Prince scored 26 points and Courtney Vandersloot added 17 as the Chicago Sky beat the defending champion Minnesota Lynx 83-70 on Tuesday night. Carolyn Swords had 11 points and a career-high nine rebounds to help the Sky (12-17) pull into a tie with New York for the fourth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with five games remaining. Maya Moore scored 18 points to lead the Lynx (24-5). Rebekkah Brunson had 17 and Candice Wiggins added 14. Minnesota was without Olympic forward Seimone Augustus due to a sprained right foot.
teams have never met in the playoffs and the Fever is leading the overall record 12-10.