Date: Sunday, June 16, 2013
Site: Verizon Center (Washington, DC)
Television - None
Radio - The Fan 1070 AM / 107.5 FM
Webcast - Live webcast and stats can be accessed via WNBA Live Access on FeverBasketball.com
Storylines & Promotions
• Indiana travels to Washington, D.C. to take on the Washington Mystics in a Sunday afternoon game at Verizon Center. It is the first of four meetings between the teams this season and the first of two in the nation’s capital. On Friday, the defending WNBA champions visited the White House to be honored by President Barack Obama.
• Washington is one of three Eastern Conference teams with familiar faces taking over the coaching reigns this season. Besides Bill Laimbeer landing in New York and Anne Donovan taking coaching reigns at Connecticut, Mike Thibault has shifted from Connecticut to Washington. Indiana faces one of the three re-located Eastern coaches for the third time in four games when the Fever faces Thibault and the Mystics on Sunday.
• Sunday’s contest pits a pair of teams moving in opposite directions. While Indiana beat Washington in 3 of 4 meetings in 2012 en route to its WNBA Championship, the Fever now is 1-4 with four straight losses entering Sunday’s game. The Mystics, meanwhile, have been rejuvenated under Thibault and are 3-1 with back-to-back wins, following a 5-29 campaign in 2012.
• An Indiana victory would snap a four-game losing skid which is the club’s longest since a six-game slide in 2007. A win would also be its fourth straight over Washington and its second in-a-row at Verizon Center. Largely due to a rash of injuries to four key returning players, a loss would extend the club’s sluggish start to the season, its slowest since an 0-5 beginning in 2001.
• Assistant Coach Mickie DeMoss made her seventh champion visit to the White House on Friday. She made six previous trips with the University of Tennessee. Her first visit was during the Ronald Reagan presidency. She also visited Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton, but skipped the two terms that George W. Bush was in office.
• After five games, Shavonte Zellous paces all Fever scorers with 18.4 points per game, good for seventh in the WNBA. Like Catchings, Zellous has scored in double figures in every game – capped by her regular-season career high of 29 points last Saturday against Phoenix.
Fever: F - Tamika Catchings, C - Erlana Larkins, G - Katie Douglas, G - Shavonte Zellous, G - Briann January
Sun: F - Monique Currie, F - Crystal Langhorne, C - Kia Vaughn, G - Ivory Latta, G - Tayler Hill
The last time the Fever faced the Mystics was on September 21, 2012 at Verizon Center. En route to the WNBA Championship and they defeated the Mystics 66-53 with just one game left in the regular season. Erin Phillips had 19 points while Jessica Davenport came off the bench to add 14 points and nine rebounds. Erlana Larkins led the Fever with 11 rebounds.
Fever vs Sun: The injury-depleted Fever fell to Connecticut, 73-61. Connecticut shot 50.8 percent from the field (32-of-63). The visitors outrebounded Indiana 40-30. Sun Center Tina Charles scored 30 points at had 10 rebounds. The Sun took the lead at 12-11 with 5:30 left in the first quarter and never lost it. Indiana shot 34.3 percent from the field (23-of-67). Shavonte Zellous led the Fever with 14 points, hitting 5-of-15 from the floor. Tamika Catchings scored 11 on 3-of-15 shooting. Erlana Larkins contributed 10 points for the Fever. Reserve Karima Christmas led Indiana with a career-high eight rebounds.
Mystics vs. Lynx: Forward Monique Currie had 23 points and six rebounds as the Mystics fended off Minnesota's fourth quarter rally and beat the Lynx 85-80 on Saturday night. Washington has won consecutive games for the first time since 2010. The Mystics led after each of the first three quarters and took a 67-58 advantage into the fourth. However, Minnesota used a 10-1 run to tie the score at 68-all. Washington made all six of its free-throw attempts in the final 15 seconds. Guard Ivory Latta had 24 points.
Indiana leads the regular-season series with Washington, 33-15, winning eight of the past nine meetings, and 9 of 11. At Washington, the Fever is 15-9 overall with wins in four of the past five visits. Indiana has dominated the series since 2006, winning the season series in every year but 2010. Since 2006, Indiana is 21-6 against the Mystics overall, 10-3 at Verizon Center. In 2009, Indiana dispatched the Mystics 2-0 in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.