Fever vs Minnesota Scouting Report

By Josh Taylor | May 7, 2008

Tonight, 7 p.m.
Conseco Fieldhouse

TV: FSN-Indiana
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The Fever gets its first look at this year’s third overall draft pick in Candice Wiggins when they take on the Minnesota Lynx Wednesday night (7:00 p.m.). The Wade Trophy winner out of Stanford, Wiggins joins 2006 WNBA Rookie of the Year Seimone Augustus in the Lynx backcourt.

It is unclear whether former Fever guard Anna DeForge, who signed with Minnesota in February, will join the team for Wednesday’s game. This will be the first Fever game at Conseco Fieldhouse in which Lynx assistant coach Julie Plank will be on the visiting bench. Plank was an assistant coach for the Fever since its inception in 2000.

The Fever is currently playing without All-Stars Tamika Catchings (injury), Katie Douglas (playing overseas) and Tammy Sutton-Brown (playing overseas). However, their absence gives more time to young players such as Khadijah Whittington who is the Fever’s lone 2008 draft pick.

Indiana’s last outing:
Indiana (0-1) lost to Chicago (2-0), 81-71, at the Al McGuire Center in Milwaukee, Wisc. Kasha Terry led Indiana with 12 points and Alison Bales totaled a team high nine rebounds, to go along with 11 points. Whittington scored six points in 20 minutes of action in her WNBA preseason debut.

Minnesota’s last outing:
Minnesota (1-0) topped Connecticut (1-1), 68-57, in Minnesota. Wiggins came off the bench to score a game-high 18 points. Fellow rookie Nicky Anosike tallied a game-high 10 boards while scoring nine points in a starting role. Rookie Brittney Vaughn out of Arkansas added 14 points for the Lynx.

Previous meeting (May 29, 2007):
The Fever pulled out a win over the Lynx in Minnesota, 89-75, to sweep the season series 2-0. The win pushed the Fever to a 3-0 record to start the season while Minnesota fell to 0-5. Augustus scored a game-high 23 points for the Lynx, but was held without an assist. Catchings led the Fever with 21 points and six assists.

Stats and Trends:

  • Indiana shot just 11% (2-18) from downtown against Chicago.
  • Chicago outscored Indiana 38-11 in the second quarter.
  • The Sky went to the free-throw line 48 times in its win over Indiana.
  • Lynx guard Seimone Augustus is averaging 21.5 points in four career games against the Fever.