Indiana vs Chicago, Game 3, Eastern Conference Finals
Date: Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Time: 7:00 p.m. (ET)
Site: Bankers Life Fieldhouse (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Television - NBATV
Radio - 107.5FM/1070AM
Webcast - Live webcast and stats can be accessed via WNBA Live Access on FeverBasketball.com.
All Fever fans attending Wednesday's game are encouraged to WEAR RED for Game 3. The Fever Playoffs are presented by Old National Bank.
After Monday's double-overtime loss to Chicago, the Fever will have to regroup quickly. They host the Sky on Wednesday night in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals. The loser goes home, the winner advances to the WNBA Finals.
Indiana's primary concern after Monday's result will be finding a way to contain Sky center Sylvia Fowles. The 6-foot-6 two-time Olympian had here way at Allstate Arena, scoring 27 points on 12-of-14 shooting. Erlana Larkins has demonstrated an ability to battle against bigger competition in the post, but she needs more help from her teammates to prevent entry passes and to send double-teams when Fowles does get the ball on the interior.
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The Fever also had difficulty containing Sky guards Courtney Vandersloot and Allie Quigley. The duo combined for 34 points, 10 rebounds, and eight assists. After the game, Fever point guard Briann January said Indiana needs to do a better job of communicating on on-ball screens on the perimeter so as to not allow easy buckets for Vandersloot and Quigley.
On the plus side, the Fever did an exceptional job on Thursday of containing Chicago's two leading scorers. The Fever limited Elena Delle Donne and Epiphanny Prince to a combined 13 points on 4-for-20 shooting.
Offensively, the Fever were solid on Thursday, but settled at times for long-range shots instead of attacking the basket. Look for January and Tamika Catchings to look to initiate more drives to the rim early and often in Game 3.
Storylines & Promotions
• After their first loss of the postseason in Game 2 at Chicago, Indiana faces its first elimination game ofthe 2014 playoffs. The Fever has won four of its past five elimination games, winning each of those four games during its 2012 run to the WNBA championship. Overall, Indiana is 11-8 all-time in elimination contests, and 8-1 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
• The Fever took the series with the Chicago Sky, 3-2, during the regular season. Indiana won both games on its own floor while stealing one of three meetings in Chicago, taking an 83-75 decision in the Windy City on June 20. The Fever and Sky meet for the second straight season. Last year, Indiana spoiled Chicago’s first playoff appearance in franchise history by sweeping the top-seeded Sky, 2-0, in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.
• Indiana has participated in 19 playoff series during its ten previous WNBA Playoffs seasons, and in 15 of 19 series, the top seed has advanced. Of those four upset series, Indiana was the lower-seeded underdog in three of them:
- Indiana swept top-seeded Chicago in the 2013 East Semis.
- Indiana’s 2012 championship was the result of the No. 2-seed Fever’s stunning 3-1 upset over West top-seed Minnesota in the 2012 WNBA Finals.
- Prior to 2012, the higher-seeded team had won 12 of 13 playoff series in Indiana history. Until 2012, Indiana was 0-7 in series in which it was the lower seed.
• Making the playoffs for the seventh straight season, Lin Dunn has set the WNBA coaching record for consecutive postseason appearances. With two wins in the semifinals, she is now third in WNBA history with 23 playoff wins. Dunn already has more playoff wins than any female head coach in WNBA history.
• Going 9-8 on the road in the regular season, the Fever tied the franchise record for road wins in a single season (9 in 2006, 2007, 2010, and 2012).
• 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- Elena Delle Donne, C- Sylvia Fowles, G- Epiphanny Prince, G- Courtney Vandersloot
September 1, 2014: Sylvia Fowles scored 27 points to help the Sky overcome a 14-point deficit to outlast the Indiana Fever 86-84 in double-overtime on Monday. Courtney Vandersloot had 18 points and Allie Quigley added 16 for the fourth-seeded Sky. Elena Delle Donne had just nine points on 4-for-11 shooting but her layup gave the Sky a four-point lead with 1:41 left in the second overtime. Shavonte Zellous scored 20 points, Tamika Catchings had 16 and Erlana Larkins added 15 for the second-seeded Fever. Indiana's Briann January had eight points after scoring 19 in Game 1. For Chicago, Quigley and Vandersloot combined for 34 points on 11-for-25 shooting and 10 assists. Fowles picked up her third foul with 6:34 left before halftime. With Fowles out, the Fever extended their lead from six to 14. She scored 21 points after halftime. The Sky went on a 10-0 run to pull within one in the third. Delle Donne hit a three with 6:15 left in regulation for the Sky's first lead since the first quarter. Delle Donne's jumper rattled in and out with under 4 seconds left in regulation, but Tamera Young rebounded and scored to tie it with 1 second left. In the first overtime, Catchings' jumper tied it at 79 with 58.1 seconds left. Fowles was called for an offensive foul about 9 seconds later. After a miss by Catchings, she stole the ball, but January missed a jumper before the buzzer. In the second overtime, January made two free throws with 12.2 remaining to cut the lead to one before Fowles hit a free throw for the final margin with 8.8 seconds left. Zellous missed a jumper before time expired.
The Fever took the season series with the Chicago Sky, 3-2, during the regular season. Indiana won both games on its own floor while stealing one of three meetings in Chicago, taking an 83-75 decision in the Windy City on June 20. After winning Game 1, 77-70, of the Eastern Conference Finals on its home floor, the Fever fell to the Sky in Chicago 86-84 in double-overtime in Game 2 on Monday.
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