Date: Sunday, June 30, 2013
Time: 6:00 p.m. ET
Site: Bankers Life Fieldhouse (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Television - None
Radio - The Fan 1070AM/107.5 FM
Webcast - Live webcast and stats can be accessed via WNBA Live Access on FeverBasketball.com
Storylines & Promotions
• The Indiana Fever hosts the Seattle Storm on Sunday evening (6:00 p.m.) for Go Green Night presented by Republic Services. It is the second game of a four-game homestand.
• Sunday’s matchup pits two of the league’s longest-tenured coaches. The Fever’s Lin Dunn and Seattle’s Brian Agler share the longest active run of consecutive seasons, six, as head coach with the same team. Agler ranks sixth (159) on the WNBA’s all-time list of regular season coaching victories. Dunn, the original head coach and GM of the Seattle franchise (2000-02), ranks eighth (138).
• Sunday’s game also may mark the final time that Tamika Catchings shares the hardwood with Seattle star Tina Thompson. Thompson, the first draft pick in league history and the last of its original players from 1997, has announced that 2013 will be her final season. Through 17 seasons, Thompson has emerged as the WNBA’s all-time leading scorer. Former teammates on U.S. Olympic Teams, Catchings and Thompson both are prominent among the league’s all-time statistical leaders.
• The Indiana homestand began in rousing fashion Friday evening as the Fever snapped a seven-game losing streak induced by injuries to six different players to begin the 2013 season. The Fever scored a season-high 80 points while upending the Shock, 80-59, to earn its first home win of the year and just its second in nine games.
• The tone for Friday’s victory was set by “All-Everything” forward Tamika Catchings who returned from a two-game absence due to a lower back strain. In true Catchings fashion, she stuffed the boxscore with a season-high 28 points, five rebounds, three assists, six steals and four blocks. It was her highest steals figure since 2012 and the most blocks she has produced since setting a career high with five in 2006.
• A Fever win against Seattle would establish a modest two-game win streak and help Indiana keep pace with Connecticut (2-6) in the East standings. A loss would send Indiana to its eighth loss in 10 games.
• Counting recent injuries to Tamika Catchings and Layshia Clarendon, the Fever has had six different players miss action through the season’s first nine games. The Fever has used five different starting lineups.
• Through Friday’s games in the WNBA, Zellous is one of just six players in the WNBA that can boast double-figure scoring in at least eight straight games to begin their 2013 campaigns.
• The 28 points Jessica Breland has amassed in the Fever’s last four games exceed the eight she totaled in Indiana’s first five games, as well as the 20 points she recorded during her entire rookie campaign in 2011.
• In five of its seven losses, Indiana has lost leads after halftime. Until Friday’s win over Tulsa, the Fever had been outscored, outrebounded and shot a lower percentage in the second half of each of those games.
Fever: F - Tamika Catchings, C - Erlana Larkins, G - Karima Christma, G - Shavonte Zellous, G - Briann January
Storm: F - Noelle Quinn, F - Tina Thompson, C - Camille Little, G - Tanisha Wright, G - Temeka Johnson
Erin Phillips matched a career high with 21 points, and the Indiana Fever beat the Tulsa Shock 91-58 in the 2012 regular-season finale for both teams. Tamika Catchings added 20 points and 10 rebounds for the Fever. Jessica Davenport scored 18 points, and Karima Christmas added a season-high 10 for Indiana. Ivory Latta led the Shock (9-25) with 16 points. Scholanda Dorrell scored 14, Amber Holt had 10, and Glory Johnson added eight points and 11 rebounds for Tulsa. The Fever (22-12) matched their franchise record for wins in a season.
Fever vs. Shock: Tamika Catchings scored a season-high 28 points after missing two games because of a lower back injury, helping the defending WNBA champion Indiana Fever beat the Tulsa Shock 80-69 on Friday night to snap a seven-game losing streak. Catchings also had six steals. Karima Christmas had 12 points and seven rebounds for the Fever (2-7), and Shavonte Zellous added 10 points. The Shock jumped out to an 8-0 lead as Powell couldn’t miss early. That would be the largest lead of the game for the visitors. The Fever shot 45 percent from the field, and the Shock finished at 38.5 percent.
Storm vs. Liberty: New York overcame 22 turnovers as Cappie Pondexter scored 23 points to help the Liberty beat the Storm 67-62 Friday night. The Storm were plagued by cold shooting, hitting a season-low 33.8 percent (23 of 68) and the Liberty used their height to outrebound Seattle, 46-26. Temeka Johnson had a season-high 22 points to lead Seattle (4-5), which shot just 1 for 18 on 3-pointers and lost its second straight. Camille Little added 12 points and Tanisha Wright had 10.
Seattle owns a slight 13-11 series advantage though the Fever has won three straight matchups. Last season, Indiana swept the series for just the second time (2012, 2006), winning 72-48 at home and escaping Key Arena with a 68-66 victory on a last-second 3-pointer by Shavonte Zellous. The Fever has won four straight against Seattle at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, with the Storm’s last road win coming in 2008.