INDIANA VS. MINNESOTA
Date: Sunday, October 21
Time: 8:00 p.m. ET
Site: Bankers Life Fieldhouse (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Radio: 1070 The Fan
Webcast: Live on ESPN3.com
• The Fever is looking for the first WNBA title in franchise history. Indiana defeated Minnesota in Game 3 on Friday, 76-59, to lead the best-of-five series 2-1.
• A Fever victory in Game 4 on Sunday would mark the first professional basketball championship for the city of Indianapolis since 1973 when the Indiana Pacers won an ABA title.
• Indiana has been in this situation once before, winning Game 3 to take a 2-1 lead over Phoenix in the 2009 WNBA Finals, before dropping Games 4 and 5 to the Mercury.
• Indiana held the Lynx to just 27 points in the first half on Friday. The Fever’s defense also kept each of the Lynx’ three Olympians – Maya Moore, Seimone Augustus and Lindsey Whalen – from scoring in double figures.
• The Fever is trying to become the first Eastern Conference team to win a WNBA championship since 2008 when the Detroit Shock defeated San Antonio. In fact, the Fever is the only team from the East to even win a Finals game since 2008. The Fever is 4-4 in two Finals appearances since 2009. The rest of the East (Atlanta) is 0-6 the past two seasons.
• Shavonte Zellous scored a career-high 30 points in Game 3, which is the most scored by any Indiana player in the 2012 playoffs. Zellous’ 30 points matched the franchise scoring record for points in a Finals game, tying Katie Douglas’ 30 points in Game 1 of the 2009 Finals.
• Indiana played with only nine players on Friday. Katie Douglas remains day-to-day with a sprained left ankle and Jeanette Pohlen suffered a torn ACL in the second quarter of Game 2 and is out for the remainder of the series.
Players To Watch
Fever – Erlana Larkins
On Friday, Larkins scored 10 points shooting 3-of-5 from the field and 4-of-4 from the free throw line. She also grabbed eight offensive rebounds and finished with 15 boards overall. Her double-double was her third in nine postseason games in 2012.
Lynx – Rebekkah Brunson
Brunson scored a team-high 12 points in Friday’s contest. She shot 4-of-9 from the field and a perfect 4-of-4 from the charity strip. She also grabbed a team-high nine rebounds, including three offensive. Brunson was the only Minnesota players to finish in double figures.
Fever - F-Tamika Catchings, F- Katie Douglas, 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- Shavonte Zellous scored a career-high 30 points to help the Fever beat the Lynx 76-59 in Game 3 of the WNBA Finals on Friday night. Tamika Catchings added 17 points and Erlana Larkins had 10 points and 15 rebounds for the Fever, who took a 2-1 lead in the series and can win their first title at home Sunday night against the defending champs. Rebekkah Brunson, who scored 12 points, was the only Minnesota player to reach double figures.
Indiana leads Minnesota 2-1 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.