Indiana vs Chicago
Date: Thursday, July 17, 2014
Time: 7:00 p.m. (ET)
Site: Bankers Life Fieldhouse (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Television - FOX Sports Indiana
Radio - 107.5 FM/AM 1070 The Fan
Webcast - Live webcast and stats can be accessed via Live Access on FeverBasketball.com (Webcasts during games televised on FOX Sports Indiana may not be available in local market areas due to blackout restrictions).
Storylines & Promotions
• Indiana (10-12) hosts the Chicago Sky (8-13) in the final game before the WNBA All-Star Break. It is the first of two consecutive dates between the Fever and Sky, as the clubs meet again next Tuesday in Chicago.
• The Fever has won four of its past seven contests overall, though has lost 8 of 12 on its home court this summer. The Fever has lost two straight home dates leading into Thursday’s game with the Sky. Chicago, meanwhile, has dropped five straight, it’s longest slide in the past two seasons.
• Indiana remains in second place in the turbulent Eastern Conference standings. Atlanta (15-5) leads the East, with the Fever leading five teams separated by just 2 games - exactly 1/2 game separating each.
• A Fever win would snap a two-game losing streak and even the summer’s longest homestand at 2-2. A win would give Indiana a 2-1 series lead over the Sky this season. Overall, it would be Indiana’s seventh win in the past eight dates with Chicago couting the 2013 playoffs, and the 13th out of 15 since 2011.
• The Fever concludes its longest homestand of the season, four games, while playing host to Connecticut (7/10), Atlanta (7/12), Los Angeles (7/15) and Chicago (7/17). After breaking for the WNBA All-Star Game in Phoenix on July 19, the Fever will play its next five games all on the road - Chicago (7/22), San Antonio (7/26), Los Angeles (7/28), Seattle (7/31) and Phoenix (8/2).
• In a season characterized by constant close finishes, Indiana has played just five games decided by double digits, including last Saturday’s loss to Atlanta.
• Troubling, though, is Indiana’s penchant for losing leads. The Fever has watched double-digit leads evaporate eight times in 2014, losing six of those including Tuesday’s defeat to Los Angeles. The Fever has surrendered second-half leads in each of its last five home losses, and in 7 of its last 10 games overall.
• The Fever will be represented by a pair of participants in Saturday’s WNBA All-Star Game in Phoenix, as Tamika Catchings and Briann January will take part. Catchings was voted by fans as a starter for the ninth time in her illustrious career. January is a first-time participant, earning a reserve role in voting by conference coaches.
• Tamika Catchings missed the first half of the season (17 games), but has played five games since her return on July 5. The three-time Olympic gold medalist averages 17.8 points and 7.2 rebounds per game, three times eclipsing 20 points and leading the Fever in scoring in 4 of 5 games.
• Catchings is one of five different Fever stars to register a double-double in 2014, matching the 2001 season with the most different double-double players in any Fever season. Moreover, she recently became the ninth different player to lead the club in scoring this season – out of a 12-player roster.
• While the Fever has struggled to close games overall, and especially at home, the Fever has gone 6-4 on the road this season. Its current three-game road streak matches the franchise record, done five times previously including once in 2013. Following Tuesday’s loss, the Fever is currently 4-8 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse this year.
• Indiana owns a 28-7 regular season mark against the Sky since Chicago entered the league in 2006. The Fever won 3 of 4 meetings in 2013, prior to winning both playoff matchups. Splitting a pair of earlier meetings this summer, the Fever has won 10 of the past 12 regular-season encounters, and 17 of 20. The Sky has never won two in-a-row against Indiana. The Fever is 15-2 against Chicago at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
• This is Lin Dunn’s final season in coaching. Inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame on June 14, she intends to continue consulting and mentoring with pro and college coaches, and will remain an advisor with the Fever in 2015. A star pupil who she once recruited to Purdue, Stephanie White will take over the coaching reigns next year as part of Indiana’s succession plan.
Fever: F-Tamika Catchings, F-Marissa Coleman, C-Erlana Larkins, G-Shavonte Zellous, G-Briann January
Sky: F- Tamera Young, F- Jessica Breland, C- Sylvia Fowles, G- Jamierra Faulkner, G- Epiphanny Prince
June 20, 2014: Karima Christmas scored 14 points to lead a balanced offense as the Fever beat the Chicago Sky 83-75. Natasha Howard, Erlana Larkins and Shavonte Zellous added 13 points each for Indiana. Marissa Coleman scored 12 points. Epiphanny Prince had 18 points and Jessica Breland scored 16 for the Sky. Both teams were without star players. Sky leading scorer Elena Delle Donne missed her fourth straight game due to a Lyme disease flare up. Also, Chicago's Sylvia Fowles (hip) and Indiana's Tamika Catchings (back) have yet to play this season. Breland hit a jumper to cut Indiana's lead to 75-73 with 1:05 left. Larkins answered with a layup to extend the Fever's lead to four with 41.3 seconds remaining. After a Chicago turnover, Zellous made a driving layup with 29 seconds left. Prince responded with a jumper to make it a four-point game again 6 seconds later. However, the Fever made four free throws in the final 22 seconds to seal it. The Fever finished 28 for 35 from the free-throw line. They shot 41.5 percent from the field to the Sky's 49.3 percent. Chicago, which led by 10 points in the second quarter, was 7 of 16 on free throws. The Fever outscored the Sky 25-16 in the final quarter after trailing 59-58. The Fever also had a 36-26 advantage on rebounds.
Fever: Candace Parker scored 17 of her season-high 34 points in the third quarter to help Los Angeles rally to beat the Fever 86-78 on Tuesday night. The Fever (10-12), who led 46-36 at halftime, lost a second half lead for the seventh time in 10 games. Playing in her fifth game of the season, Catchings scored 25 points for the Fever after missing the first 17 contests with a strained back. Indiana starting point guard Briann January missed Tuesday's game with a bruised right knee. Nneka Ogwumike, a reserve All-Star for the Western Conference, left the game with a mild strain of her right ankle in the second quarter. She finished with two points and two rebounds for the Sparks.
Sky: Angel McCoughtry matched a season high with 33 points, Tiffany Hayes hit the clinching free throws with 29 seconds remaining and Atlanta beat the Chicago Sky 81-79 in overtime Sunday. Allie Quigley finished with a career-high 27 points in a reserve role, and Sylvia Fowles, who missed a layup at the regulation buzzer that would've won the game, had 17 points and 14 rebounds for the Sky (8-13). Sancho Lyttle, who was defending Fowles on the play, scored 12 points and 13 rebounds, and Erika de Souza added eight points and 11 rebounds for Atlanta. Hayes, who had a season-high 21 points the night before, finished with 17. She hit the winning foul shots after Chicago forward Jessica Breland threw the ball away with 40.6 seconds left in overtime. The Sky took their biggest lead at 11 on Fowles' three-point play with 6:23 left in the second quarter. Atlanta wasn't down for long, going up by one on McCoughtry's layup at the 8:38 mark of the third. McCoughtry had nine points in the third to help the Dream outscore Chicago 17-9. A technical foul on Chatman led to McCoughtry hitting the ensuing free throw and scoring her 20th point one possession later on a fastbreak alley-oop pass from Celine Dumerc. The Dream didn't trail in regulation after de Souza's lay-in made it 50-49 at the 6:17 mark of the third, but a free throw by Tamera Young put the Sky up by one early in OT.
Indiana owns a 28-7 regular season mark against the Sky since Chicago entered the league in 2006. The Fever won 3 of 4 meetings in 2013, prior to winning both playoff matchups. Splitting a pair of earlier meetings this summer, the Fever has won 10 of the past 12 regular-season encounters, and 17 of 20. The Sky has never won two in-a-row against Indiana. The Fever is 15-2 against Chicago at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
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