INDIANA at MINNESOTA
Date: Monday, September 17, 2012
Time: 8:00 p.m. ET
Site: Target Center (Minneapolis, Minn.)
Radio: 1070 The Fan
Television: FOX Sports Indiana
Webcast: FeverBasketball.com (webcasts during games televised on FOX Sports Indiana may not be available in local market areas due to blackout restrictions)
Storylines & Promotions
Storylines & Promotions
• Monday is the second time in three days, and the final time, Indiana (20-10) and defending WNBA champion Minnesota (25-5) will meet this season. Minnesota won the first meeting last Friday, 66-64, on a last-second shot by Lindsay Whalen. The Fever had a chance to send the game into overtime with less than a second remaining, but Erlana Larkins’ desperate attempt under the bucket rolled the wrong way.
• The loss broke the Fever’s three-game winning streak. Indiana has now won 10 of the last 13 games since the Olympic break.
• Indiana is still searching for the no. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference. The Fever remains 1.5 games back from first place Connecticut (22-9).
• Minnesota has already clinched the Western Conference and home court advantage for the first two rounds of the playoffs.
• The teams with the two highest 3-point field goal percentages in the WNBA, Minnesota and Indiana combined to make only four 3-pointers in Friday’s game. Each team made only two, with Indiana shooting 11.1 percent and Minnesota at 16.7. The Fever and Lynx are the only teams in the league to average over 40 percent 3-point shooting.
• Lynx guard Seimone Augustus has not played in Minnesota’s last three contests due to a sprained right foot.
• Katie Douglas, who finished 0-of-6 beyond the arc on Friday, still owns a league-leading total of 72 3-point field goals this season which leaves her one shy of her own career-best and four short of the franchise record of 76 by Tamika Catchings in 2002. Douglas only needs eight in the last four 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.
• Tamika Catchings finished the game against Minnesota on Friday with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Owning the third-most double-doubles in WNBA history, Catchings (80) now only remains one double-doubles shy of Yolanda Griffith, second with 81.
• Douglas (996) needs four assists to become the 15th player in WNBA history with 1,000 career assists.
Players To Watch.
Players to Watch
Fever – Briann January
January has been a consistent force for the Fever since the Olympic break. Against Minnesota she led the team with 16 points, shooting 6-of-12 from the field and 1-of-3 from the 3-point line. January, one of the best free throw shooters in the league, shot 3-of-4 from the charity stripe, including two clutch fourth-quarter free throws to keep the Fever in the game. She also added two rebounds, four assists and one steal.
Lynx – Maya Moore
An Olympic teammate of Tamika Catchings, Moore finished Friday’s game with 15 points, shooting 6-of-11 from the field and 1-of-5 from behind the 3-point line, hitting one of just two Lynx 3-pointers in the game. She added a team-high seven rebounds in addition to five assists.
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. Lynx: Lindsay Whalen knocked down the game- winning jumper with just 1.5 seconds remaining to lift the Minnesota Lynx to a 66-64 win over the Indiana Fever on Friday. Whalen finished with 14 points and Maya Moore added 15 points and pulled down seven rebounds for the Lynx, who improved to a WNBA-best 25-5 this season. Briann January scored a game-high 16 points and Tamika Catching notched her eighth double-double of the season after scoring 14 points and grabbing 12 rebounds for the Fever, who had a three-game winning streak snapped. January tied the game at 64-64 with a layup with just 23.5 seconds remaining, but Whalen dribbled the clock down to 1.5 seconds before nailing the game- winner. A short desperation shot by Erlana Larkins was off the mark as Indiana lost for just the third time since the Olympic break.
Indiana has won four of the last five matchups between the two teams when playing at Minnesota, and leads the series 12-11 overall.