Game Preview: Fever vs Mercury

by Justin Whitaker | September 2, 2009
Tuesday, 7:00 p.m.
Radio: 1070 The Fan
TV: Fox Sports Indiana


The Indiana Fever (20-8) and the Phoenix Mercury (20-9) face off tonight in a possible WNBA Finals preview (7:00 p.m., 1070 The Fan, Fox Sports Indiana).

Indiana’s Last Outing (August 29, 2009):
The Fever came back from an 11-point deficit to take a 14-point lead, but eventually fell one point short of victory against the Sacramento Monarchs, 79-78. Katie Douglas led all scorers with 24 points and Tamika Catchings added 22 points. Nicole Powell had 19 points and 11 rebounds for the Monarchs. Catchings took a jumpshot from the right wing at the end of regulation that would have put the Fever ahead, but missed off the back of the iron.

Phoenix’s Last Outing (August 18, 2009):
Diana Taurasi stuffed the stat sheet, carrying the Mercury over the Connecticut Sun, 95-84. Taurasi had 21 points, nine rebounds and five assists. Phoenix has won three of their last four games and is 8-3 against the East.

Last Meeting (August 8, 2009):
Katie Douglas made a career-high six 3-pointers on route to defeating the Mercury 90-83. Douglas finished the game with 28 points, 10 rebounds and five assists. Diana Taurasi was the high scorer for the Mercury with 16 points. The Fever started the game with a 17-2 advantage.

Stats and Trends:

  • The Fever currently is the best team in WNBA and has clinched the Eastern Conference regular season title.

  • Tonight’s game features the WNBA’s top four players in MVP considerations. The Fever’s Katie Douglas and Tamika Catchings and the Mercury’s Diana Taurasi and Cappie Pondexter.

  • The Mercury scores a league high 92.5 points per game, while the Fever allows its opponents to score a league low 72.1 points per game.

    Promos and Tidbits:

  • The Fever has clinched a berth in the 2009 WNBA Playoffs, and tickets for the Eastern Conference Semifinals are on sale now! Indiana will host Game 2 of the East Semifinals on either Friday, Sept. 18 or Saturday, Sept. 19. Tickets for both semifinal games are available at, the Conseco Fieldhouse Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets or by calling (800) 745- 3000. Indiana’s first home playoff game will be a Lucas Oil Family Night presented by The Indianapolis Star!

  • The Fever and Special Olympics Indiana are partnering to help nearly 10,000 people with intellectual disabilities participate in sporting events. Coach Lin Dunn has agreed to be "Freezin' for a Reason" by taking the Polar Plunge if the Fever raises $5,000 for Special Olympics Indiana during the 2009 Fever season. You can sponsor Coach Dunn in the Polar Plunge by making a donation to Special Olympics Indiana at their table located on the Main Concourse. Let's help make Coach Dunn take the Polar Plunge!

  • Test drive a Subara prior to September 12 and get a free $25 Home Court Gift Shop Gift Card! Test drive a Subaru at Dreyer and Reinbold Subaru in Greenwood, Falcone Subaru on West 16th Street or Tom Wood Subaru in Indianapolis and mention the Fever Home Court promotion. This promotion is only at these dealers and while supplies last.

  • Sunday, Sept. 6 is Fan Appreciation Night presented by Denison Parking. The first 3,000 fans to the game will receive a 2009 Fever team commemorative poster courtesy of Sport Graphics and WISH-TV. Join the Fever for the last regular season game, Sept. 6, with tipoff at 4 p.m.