Indiana at Seattle
Date: Thursday, July 31, 2014
Time: 10:00 p.m. (ET)
Site: KeyArena (Seattle, Wash.)
Television - NBA-TV
Radio - FM 107.5/1070 AM The Fan
Webcast - Live webcast and stats can be accessed via WNBA Live Access on FeverBasketball.com
Storylines & Promotions
• The Indiana Fever (12-14) plays the third game of a four-game Western Conference road swing in Thursday’s bout in Seattle against the Storm (9-19). The Fever got 17 points and 11 rebounds from Erlana Larkins as part of a 76-68 win over Seattle in Indianapolis, June 11.
• Thursday’s game marks the final regular-season appearance by Lin Dunn at KeyArena. The Fever headcoach was the first head coach and general manager in Seattle Storm history, guiding the franchise from 2000 to 2002 and helping to build a local fan base while drafting longtime franchise stars Lauren Jackson and Sue Bird. The Hall of Fame coach led the expansion franchise to a 33-63 mark over three seasons, and its first playoff appearance in 2002.
• Seeking the club’s third win at KeyArena since the Fever and Storm franchises debuted in 2000, Indiana enters the game with victories in four of its past six road games.
• The Fever’s West Coast road trip began with a win at San Antonio on Saturday, and was followed by Monday’s loss at Los Angeles. It continues with visits to Seattle on Thursday (7/31) and Phoenix on Saturday (8/2). Counting this trip, six of the Fever’s final ten games are on the road.
• At some point during the Fever’s four-game Western road swing, Tamika Catchings (6,438 career points) should move past Katie Smith (6,452) as the No. 3 scorer in WNBA history. Catchings enters the Seattle game 14 points shy of tying Smith.
• At L.A., a see-saw battle produced 16 lead changes and eight ties before the Sparks earned a win in the final minutes. Indiana captured its last lead with 2:17 to play on a driving layup by Tamika Catchings, but Alana Beard’s jumper put L.A. on top 73-72 with 1:38 to play. Nneka Ogwumike’s layup with 13.8 seconds remaining gave the Sparks a three-point cushion. Briann January missed a tying 3-point attempt for Indiana, but Karima Christmas got the rebound and was fouled with 6.1 ticks left. She made a free throw, then purposely missed the second, but the Sparks rebound resulted in two Ogwumike foul shots and a 77-73 final score. Catchings paced the Fever with 16 points. Erlana Larkins had 10 points and 10 rebounds.
• At San Antonio, the Fever got a huge lift from its bench, getting 22 of 24 fourth-quarter points from reserve Natasha Howard (10), Lynetta Kizer (six), Karima Christmas (five) and Layshia Clarendon (one). Indiana outscored the Stars 15-5 to open the fourth quarter, establishing a 10-point lead. The lead rose to 11, 72-61, on Howard’s turnaround jumper with 2:24 to play. Kizer finished with 16 points, Zellous had 14 and Howard contributed 11.
• Indiana has had five different players record a double-double in 2014, matching the 2001 season with the most different double-double players in any Fever season.
• While the Fever has struggled to close games overall, especially at home, Indiana has gone 7-6 on the road this season.
• Seattle owns a 14-13 series advantage over the Fever, despite Indiana winning five of the past six meetings including a 76-68 decision at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, June 11. Indiana is 2-11 in games at KeyArena, recording wins during visits in 2006 and 2012.
Fever: F- Tamika Catchings, F- Marissa Coleman, C- Erlana Larkins, G- Shavonte Zellous, G- Briann January
Storm: F- Alysha Clark, F- Camille Little, C- Crystal Langhorne, G- Tanisha Wright, G- Sue Bird
June 11, 2014: Erlana Larkins scored 17 points and Natasha Howard and Shavonte Zellous each added 13 to help the Indiana Fever beat the Seattle Storm 76-68. The Fever overcame a nine-point, second-quarter deficit, taking the lead at 63-61 on Marissa Coleman's 3-pointer from the left corner with four minutes to play. Coleman finished with 12 points. Larkins also had 11 rebounds for her fourth double-double of the season. Camille Little led Seattle with 17 points, Tanisha added 15, and scoring leader Crystal Langhorne was held to eight. Seattle used a 13-4 run late in the second quarter to build its nine-point lead.
Fever: Nneka Ogwumike scored 21 points and Alana Beard had 17 to help Sparks beat the Indiana Fever 77-73 on Monday night. Ogwumike scored the final four points for the Spark. Ogwumike slipped behind the defense to take a pass from Kristi Toliver for an open layup and then made two free throws with five seconds remaining for a 77-73 lead. Beard scored the go-ahead basket at 73-72 on a jumper from the right side. Indiana had chances to tie in the final seconds but Briann January missed twice and Indiana (12-14) had to foul after it could not secure the rebound on Karima Christmas' intentionally missed free throw. Tamika Catchings led the Fever with 16 points and January had 12. Erlana Larkins had 10 points and 10 rebounds. The Sparks took a 35-31 lead into halftime after it held the Fever to eight points in the second quarter. Toliver highlighted a 16-4 run with a layup to finish a pretty feed from Jantel Lavender, who capped the run with a jumper.
Storm: Glory Johnson had 15 points and 13 rebounds to help the Tulsa Shock beat the Seattle Storm 80-74 Tuesday night. Odyssey Sims led the Shock with 21 points on 8-for-12 shooting from the field, Roneeka Hodges added a season-high 16, and Skylar Diggins had 11 points. Sue Bird scored 15 points and Tanisha Wright added 14 for Seattle (9-19). Camille Little and Crystal Langhorne had 13 points apiece. Seattle led early but never seemed able to pull away with a comfortable lead. The Storm took a 36-35 advantage into intermission but Tulsa pushed the tempo in the second half and capitalized with a 27-point third quarter. Tulsa opened the fourth period with a 64-59 cushion and led by as many as eight down the stretch.
Seattle owns a 14-13 series advantage over the Fever, despite Indiana winning five of the past six meetings including a 76-68 decision at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, June 11. Indiana is 2-11 in games at KeyArena, recording wins during visits in 2006 and 2012.
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