INDIANA at CONNECTICUT
Date: Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Time: 7:00 p.m. ET
Site: Mohegan Sun Arena (Uncasville, Conn.)
Radio: 1070 The Fan
Webcast: Live on FeverBasketball.com
Storylines & Promotions
• Wednesday is the fourth and final time the Indiana Fever (20-11) and the Connecticut Sun (23-9) will meet. The two teams have not played since June. Connecticut won the first two matchups (89-81, 88-85) while Indiana won the third contest, 91-65.
• With the Fever’s loss to Minnesota on Monday, the Sun is assured the number one spot in the East for the WNBA playoffs. Indiana clinched the second seed and will play number three Atlanta in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
• Before falling to reigning WNBA champion Minnesota this past Friday and Monday, the Fever had won 10 of 12 games following the Olympic break. Both losses to the Lynx were by seven or less points, and on Friday Minnesota won on a last second shot by Lindsey Whalen.
• Connecticut is coming off of a two-point victory over the Storm on Sunday. Before its win at Seattle, the Sun fell to Los Angeles, 93-82. Connecticut has won four of its last seven contests.
• Katie Douglas hit four 3-pointers on Monday, tying the franchise record of 76 set by Tamika Catchings in 2002. Douglas only needs four more 3-point field goals in the last three 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 Monday with 19 points and 10 rebounds, tying Yolanda Griffith with the second most double-doubles (81) in the WNBA.
• Douglas (999) needs only one assist to become the 15th player in WNBA history with 1,000 career assists.
Players to Watch
Fever – Jessica Davenport
Though Indiana struggles with consistent production from its post players, Jessica Davenport proved she belonged on the court in Monday’s loss at Minnesota. Davenport came off the bench, scoring 13 points in less than 16 minutes. She shot 6-of-10 from the field and sank her one free-throw attempt. The 6’5” center is averaging 6.2 points and 3.2 rebounds per contest.
Sun – Renee Montgomery
In Connecticut’s victory over Seattle on Sunday, Renee Montgomery came off the bench to lead her team in the scoring column. She finished with 13 points, shooting 6-of-11 from the field. She also grabbed five rebounds and dished two assists. She is averaging 12.0 points per game this season, shooting over 35 percent from the floor and over 36 percent from 3-point range.
Fever - F-Tamika Catchings, F- Katie Douglas, C-Tammy Sutton-Brown, G- Shavonte Zellous, G-Briann January
Sun – G- Kalana Greene, F- Mistie Mims, C- Tina Charles, G- Allison Hightower, G- Kara Lawson
Fever vs. Lynx — Maya Moore made five of her six 3-pointers in the third quarter to tie the WNBA record and had a career-high 29 points in the Minnesota Lynx's 86-79 victory over the Indiana Fever on Monday night. Lindsay Whalen added 13 points, eight rebounds and six assists for Minnesota, which has already clinched home-court advantage throughout the playoffs. With the loss, the Fever (20-11) dropped out of contention for the top seed in the Eastern Conference. Tamika Catchings led Indiana with 19 points and 10 rebounds, Katie Douglas added 17 points, Briann January had 14, and Jessica Davenport 13.
Sun vs. Storm — Renee Montgomery moved the Connecticut Sun closer to clinching the Eastern Conference title. Montgomery made two free throws with 14.4 seconds left to help the Sun beat the short-handed Seattle Storm 60-58 on Sunday night. Connecticut improved to 23-9 and moved two games ahead of Indiana atop the Eastern Conference. Kara Lawson led the Sun with 13 points, Charles added 12, and Mistie Mims had 11 points and 11 rebounds. Shekinna Stricklen scored 12 points to lead Seattle (13-18), but the rookie missed two shots in the final seconds. The Storm have lost four straight.