INDIANA VS. MINNESOTA
Date: Friday, October 19
Time: 8:00 p.m. ET
Site: Bankers Life Fieldhouse (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Radio: 93.1 WIBC
Webcast: Live on ESPN3.com
• The Lynx evened the WNBA Finals series 1-1, defeating the Fever 83-71 in Game 2 on Wednesday. Indiana will host Game 3 on Friday and Game 4 on Sunday. If the series goes to a fifth game it will be played at Target Center in Minnesota.
• A capacity crowd is anticipated at Bankers Life Fieldhouse as the WNBA Finals returns for the first time since 2009. During the ’09 Finals series against the Mercury, Indiana drew back-to-back sellout crowds of over 18,000 fans for Games 3 and 4. The Fever is hopeful of similar crowds this weekend. Tickets for both games remain available at FeverBasketball.com, the Bankers Life Fieldhouse Box Office and all Ticketmaster outlets.
• After the Fever stole Game 1 of the series at Target Center last Sunday, 76-70, Wednesday’s game reflected football-like physicality resulting in technical fouls issued to both coaches and Lynx guard Lindsay Whalen.
• The Fever led early in the second half on Wednesday before the game took a turn. Seimone Augustus and Maya Moore combined for 25 points in the third quarter, and the Lynx outscored Indiana 29-22.
• Indiana posted double-digit leads in each of its games at Target Center, but the difference in Games 1 and 2 came down to rebounding and turnovers. The Lynx held a slight edge on the boards in Game 1, but managed a 32-20 margin in Game 2. Similarly, the Fever had just nine turnovers last Sunday, but committed 24 in Wednesday’s loss.
• Katie Douglas, the Fever’s second-leading scorer, has missed the first two games of the Finals with a sprained left ankle. Lin Dunn said she is hopeful Douglas will play Friday.
• The roster became further weakened when reserve Jeanette Pohlen was sidelined in the second quarter by an injured knee. It is unknown whether she will return for the rest of the series.
• The Fever has never won a playoff series without having home-court advantage.
• Indiana has already sold 12,000 tickets for Game 3 and the Fever hope for a sellout crowd of 18,000.
Players To Watch
Fever – Tamika Catchings
Leading her team in the scoring column once again Wednesday night, Catchings netted 27 points. She shot 9-of-14 from the field, 3-of-5 from behind the arc and 6-of-7 from the charity strip. In a very physical game, Catchings also pulled down eight rebounds. Prior to the matchup the veteran forward was named to the 2012 All-WNBA First Team for the seventh time in her career.
Lynx – Seimone Augustus
Augustus finished Game 2 on Wednesday with 27 points, shooting 11-of-23 from the field and 3-of-7 from 3-point range. She added six rebounds, three steals, and was limited to only two turnovers. Before the game Augustus was named to the All-WNBA First Team for the first time in her decorated career.
Fever - F-Tamika Catchings, F- Shavonte Zellous, C-Erlana Larkins, G- Erin Phillips, G-Briann January
Lynx – F- Maya Moore, F- Rebekkah Brunson, C- Taj McWilliams-Franklin, G- Seimone Augustus, G- Lindsey WhalenLast Game
Fever vs. Lynx – Seimone Augustus scored 23 of her 27 points in the second half to help the Lynx surge past the Fever 83-71 on Wednesday night to even the best-of-five series at one game apiece. Maya Moore pitched in 23 points and the defending champion Lynx forced the Fever into 24 turnovers, 15 after halftime. Tamika Catchings led the way as usual with 27 points and eight rebounds, but the Fever's defense faded after a dominant start that forced the Lynx to miss 11 of their first 14 shots..
Indiana and Minnesota are tied 1-1 in the WNBA Finals series. The Lynx beat the Fever in both regular season games this season; Sept. 14 (66-64 in Indianapolis) and Sept. 17 (86-79 in Minneapolis). Before the finals began the overall series record was tied 12-12, with each team sporting a 6-6 record on its home floor. Similar to the Fever’s success at Minnesota’s Target Center home, the Lynx have had success at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Including a regular season win this year, the Lynx has won its past five road games against the Fever.