INDIANA at WASHINGTON
Date: Friday, September 21, 2012
Time: 7:00 p.m. ET
Site: Verizon Center (Washington, D.C.)
Webcast: Live on FeverBasketball.com
Storylines & Promotions
Friday is the last time Indiana (20-12) will play the Washington Mystics (5-27) this season. The Fever is 2-1 against the Mystics this season, losing the first matchup between the two teams and winning the next two.
The Fever is on a three-game winning losing streak that started with a home 66-64 loss to the defending WNBA champions and No. 1 seed in the western conference, Minnesota Lynx.
With only two games left in the regular season, the Fever has secured the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference Playoffs.
The Mystics already eliminated from the playoffs have lost 11 in a row.
Indiana played without two starters in the 73-67 loss to Connecticut on Wednesday. Briann January and Shavonte Zellous both suffered head injuries in the teams 86-79 loss to Minnesota on Sept. 17. They did not make the trip with the team to Connecticut, instead going back to Indianapolis for treatment and are listed as day-to-day.
Fever rookie Sasha Goodlett set a new career scoring high against the Sun with nine points.
Tamika Catchings and Katie Douglas combined to score 34 of Fever's 67 points against the Sun on Sept. 19, despite neither of them playing the fourth quarter. Douglas had 16 of Indiana's first 23.
Katie Douglas hit four 3-point field goals against the Sun, breaking the Fever's franchise record for 3-point field goals in a season on her first 3-pointer of the night. She now boasts 80 for the season.
Katie Douglas has joined Diana Taurasi and Katie Smith as the only players in WNBA history ever to eclipse 80 3-point field goals in one season. Her current figure with two games remaining, 80, is tied with Taurasi (2010) for 7th best in league history and is one shy of Taurasis 81 (2011) for 6th. Smith had 88 in 2000 and 85 in 2001 for the 4th and 5th-best figures.
With one assist Wednesday night, Douglas also became the 15th player in league history to record 1,000 assists. She now has exactly 1,000.
Indiana needs 25 3-point field goals to surpass the WNBA record for 3-pointers in a season (283/8.32 per game; Phoenix in 2007). With 259 in 32 games, the Fever currently averages 8.09 per game.
Players to Watch
Fever Jeanette Pohlen
Pohlen will most likely be making her second start of the season. She averages just over 15 minutes per game, but with the loss of January and Zellous she saw over 35 minutes in the game against Connecticut. She shot 2-for-6 from the field, finishing with six points. She added two rebounds, one assist and four steals.
Mystics Ashley Robinson
In the Mystics 75-68 loss to the New York Liberty, Robinson finished with a double-double consisting of 10 points and 10 rebounds. She shot 5-of-8 from the field and added three assists, one steal and two blocked shots. The 64 center is shooting over 43 percent on the season.
Fever - F-Tamika Catchings, F-Jeanette Pohlen, C-Tammy Sutton-Brown, G-Katie Douglas, G-Erin Phillips
Mystics F- Monique Curry, F- Ashley Robinson, C- Michelle Snow, G- Matee Ajavon, G- Jasmine Thomas
Fever vs. Sun Kara Lawson poured in a game-high 23 points and handed out six assists Wednesday as the Connecticut Sun topped the Indiana Fever, 73-67, at Mohegan Sun Arena.
Tina Charles netted 17 points and ripped down 12 rebounds, while Allison Hightower contributed 10 points and four boards for the Sun, who have won back-to- back games and clinched the top spot in the Eastern Conference. Katie Douglas scored 19 points and Tamika Catchings added 15 points in the Fever's third straight loss. At 20-12, Indiana has locked up a playoff berth and currently sits second in the East. The Sun led by four after one quarter and used a 21-14 second frame to take a 38-27 lead at halftime. Connecticut never trailed and led by as many as 17 despite turning the ball over 18 times, which led to 22 Indiana points.
Mystics vs. Liberty Cappie Pondexter scored 30 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and dished out five assists, paving the way Sunday for a New York Liberty victory over the Washington Mystics, 75-68, at Verizon Center. Nicole Powell chipped in 18 points and nine boards, while Essence Carson contributed 15 points, as the Liberty won for the third time in as many games. The Mystics -- already eliminated from the league's playoff picture -- had four players score in double figures, led by Jasmine Thomas' 16 points. Ashley Robinson added a team-high 10 boards for Washington, which has lost 11 in a row.
The Fever is 2-1 against the Mystics this season and have won seven of the last eight meetings between the two teams. Indiana leads the series 14-9 when playing at Washington.