INDIANA VS. CONNECTICUT
Date: Thursday, October 11
Time: 8:30 p.m. ET
Site: Mohegan Sun Arena (Uncasville, Conn.)
Radio: 1070 The Fan
Webcast: Live on ESPN3.com
• The Fever looks to make a return to the WNBA Finals. A last-second shot from Shavonte Zellous lifted Indiana to a 78-76 victory over the Connecticut Sun on Monday night. This was Zellous’ second game-winning shot of the year. She also scored a game-winning basket in a last-second regular season win at Seattle.
• Katie Douglas scored a game high 24 points, shooting 9-for-19 from the field. Douglas was only one of two Fever players finishing the game in double figures. She has topped 20+ points in each of the last three games while averaging 25.0 points per game in that span. She has reached at least 20 points in 8 of her past 12 playoff games dating to 2010.
• Erlana Larkins followed her record 20-rebound performance last Friday against the Sun, with a game-high 11 rebounds, six of which were offensive. Larkins leads the WNBA with 24 offensive rebounds in five postseason games in 2012.
• Tamika Catchings led the Fever with three steals Monday and she has had multiple steals in six straight games, including each of the five postseason games to date.
• Indiana staved off elimination for the third time in its last four games, and ran its home record to 8-1 all-time in WNBA elimination games.
• The Fever has never won a playoff series without having home-court advantage. On a similar note, Indiana is 0-6 all-time when playing on the road in the Eastern Conference Finals. The Fever hopes for franchise firsts in both categories with a win on Thursday.
• The winner of the Indiana-Connecticut series will advance to the best-of- five WNBA Finals against Minnesota, who clinched the Western Conference Championship beginning on Sunday, October 14. Should the Fever advance to the 2012 WNBA Finals, it would host Game 3 and, if necessary, Game 4 of the series.
Players To Watch
Fever – Erlana Larkins
After earning a starting spot in the Fever lineup, Larkins has been a force on the offensive glass. In Monday’s game against the Sun, she finished with a game-high 11 rebounds, five offensive. She leads the WNBA in offensive rebounds this postseason with 24. She added nine points shooting 3-of-8 from the field and 3-of-4 from the charity stripe.
Sun – Asjha Jones
Jones joined Sun stars Kara Lawson and league MVP Tina Charles as top performers in Monday’s thriller. Monday night she finished with 17 points and added 10 rebounds to get the double-double. She shot 7-of-10 from the field made her only 3-point attempt. To round out her performance she dished four assists and had one steal.
Fever - F-Tamika Catchings, F- Katie Douglas, C-Erlana Larkins, G- Erin Phillips, G-Briann January
Sun – F- Asjha Jones, F- Kalana Greene, C- Tina Charles, G- Allison Hightower, G- Kara LawsonLast Game
Fever vs. Sun - Shavonte Zellous drained the game-winning jumper with 0.5 seconds to go as the Indiana Fever kept its season alive with a 78-76 victory over the Connecticut Sun in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Monday. Zellous finished with four points and four rebounds, while Katie Douglas led the Fever with a game-high 24 points. Catchings netted 21 points in the victory for Indiana, which bounced back from a 76-64 setback in Game 1. Kara Lawson scored 18 points, Asjha Jones added 17 points and 10 rebounds and regular-season MVP Tina Charles contributed 15 points and eight boards for the Sun, who will try to secure their first Finals appearance since 2005 in Game 3. The Fever hopes for a return to the Finals for the first time since 2009.
Connecticut beat the Fever three out of four times during the 2012 regular season, but it is the first playoff series between the clubs since 2007. The Fever is now 3-4 all-time against Connecticut in the playoffs with all three wins coming at Bankers Life Fieldhouse (3-1). Indiana seeks its first playoff road win at Connecticut after three defeats.