Indiana (11-12) at Los Angeles (17-7)
Date: Friday, August 16
Time: 8:00 p.m. (PT) 11:00 p.m. (ET)
Site: Staples Center (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Television - NBATV
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 (11-12) visits Los Angeles to battle the Sparks (17-7) for the final time in 2013. The Fever fell 74-64 to the Sparks just eight days ago, August 8, in Indianapolis.
• Friday’s game continues a stretch of three games in four days on the West Coast, following a 75-58 loss Wednesday at Phoenix. After a stretch of five games in 10 days to begin the second half of the season, Indiana will complete the West Coast stretch having played eight games in the first 17 days of August.
• Since the All-Star Break, Indiana is 3-3. The Fever has won three of its last five games and 10 of 15 since June 28.
• After opening the season 1-7, Indiana surged to the .500 mark for the first time since May, with nine wins in 12 games prior to last Thursday’s loss to the Sparks. The Fever returned to .500 with its win over Atlanta, retaining sole possession of third place in the Eastern Conference. Indiana enters Friday’s game just 1 ½ games behind the second-place Dream.
• A Fever win over the Sparks would be Indiana’s fourth in six games, its 11th in 16 games and its fifth in its last seven road contests. A victory would even the season series with Los Angeles.
• A loss would mark consecutive defeats for Indiana for the first time since a 7-game losing slide in June. A loss would represent Los Angeles’ first season sweep of Indiana since 2010.
• Indiana has allowed 50% shooting in three consecutive games for the first time since 2003, and just the second time in its history.
• Counting the absence of All-Star Shavonte Zellous who has missed the Fever’s last two games due to plantar fasciitis, the Fever has had nine different players miss action through 21 games. Zellous remains day-to-day.
• Zellous (889) needs 10 points to pass Tamika Whitmore (898) in the No. 10 spot on the Fever’s all-time scoring list.
• Briann January (1,053) is five points shy of passing Natalie Williams (1,057) in the No. 7 spot on the Fever’s career scoring chart.
• Erin Phillips (994) needs six points to reach 1,000 in her career. She scored 481 during her first three seasons with Connecticut.
• Tamika Catchings (11,985) is 15 minutes from becoming the eighth player in WNBA history to surpass 12,000 minutes played.
Fever: F - Tamika Catchings, C - Erlana Larkins, G - Karima Christmas, G - Erin Phillips, G - Briann January
Sparks: F - Alana Beard, F - Nneka Ogwumike, C - Candace Parker, G - Kristi Toliver, G - Lindsey Harding
When Candace Parker returned to the floor August 8 against the Indiana Fever, Jantel Lavender didn't forget what she learned during Parker's absence, scoring 18 points and grabbing nine rebounds in a reserve role to lead Los Angeles to a 74-64 win over the Fever. She was an efficient 9-of-13 from the field against the Fever, scoring 12 of her 18 points in the first half. Parker added 17 points and six rebounds for the Sparks, who won their third straight game. The Sparks used a 13-0 run to open up a 32-13 lead early in the second quarter. After the lopsided first quarter, the Fever outscored Los Angeles 51-47 the rest of the way, getting within 53-48 in the second half, but couldn't climb all the way out of the hole they dug. Led by Lavender and Parker, Los Angeles scored 50 points in the paint. Tamika Catchings led Indiana with 17 points, and Erlana Larkins added 11 points, 13 rebounds and six steals. The Fever shot just 34 percent from the field.
Fever vs. Mercury: Candice Dupree led four scorers in double figures August 14 to lead the Phoenix Mercury to a 75-58 victory over the Indiana Fever. Dupree shot 7 of 11 from the floor to lead Phoenix to its fourth straight victory and sweep the season series with the Fever for the first time since 2007. DeWanna Bonner added 15 points, Brittney Griner had 14 and Diana Taurasi pitched in 12. The Mercury shot 50 from the floor while limiting Indiana to season-lows of 31 percent shooting and 58 points. Tamika Catchings finished with 16 points and eight rebounds to pace Indiana. After a pair of lead changes and seven ties through most of the first half, Phoenix blew the game open while forcing 14 first half turnovers, leading to 12 points. The Fever shot just 3-of-25 over a 13-minute stretch extending to the final seconds of the third quarter when the Fever drought ended with back-to-back 3-pointers by Jeanette Pohlen and Erin Phillips. The Fever ended the game shooting 9-of-44 overall. Phillips, making her second straight start due to the absence of Shavonte Zellous (plantar fasciitis), finished with 14 points for the Fever. Zellous, the league’s most improved scorer (15.0 per game), remains listed as day-to-day and is the ninth Fever player to miss time due to injury this season.
Sparks vs. Sky: Candace Parker scored 18 points with seven rebounds and Kristi Toliver added 15 as the Sparks won their fifth straight game, 80-76 over the East-leading Chicago Sky on August 13. Delle Donne, the league's fourth-leading scorer who was coming off a career-high 32-point game, did not play in the second half because of a left foot injury. Delle Donne had nine points in 10:46 in her Los Angeles debut. Jantel Lavender contributed 10 points and seven rebounds in another strong performance as a reserve, and Alana Beard added 10 points. Parker was 7 for 12 from the field after a 2-for-11 performance the previous game. It was her third game back from a bone bruise in her wrist, and she played without a wrap on it. Sylvia Fowles led the Sky with 22 points and nine rebounds. After Nneka Ogwumike gave Los Angeles a 78-76 lead, the teams exchanged misses before Fowles was stripped by Lindsey Harding in the paint and Harding was fouled. Harding made the ensuing free throws and the Sparks held on.
The Sparks lead the all-time series with Indiana, 16-8, including four wins in-a-row. L.A. swept the 2012 series and won a game in Los Angeles in August 2011. The Sparks downed the Fever 74-64 on Aug. 8 in Indianapolis. Indiana’s last series win was a 98-63 home win on July 31, 2011 which capped a three-game win streak of its own. The Fever is 2-10 overall on the road against L.A., last winning with an 82-76 road on Aug. 10, 2010.