San Antonio (9-15) at Indiana (11-14)
Date: Wednesday, August 21
Time: 7:00 p.m. (ET)
Site: Bankers Life Fieldhouse (Indianapolis, Ind)
Television - None
Radio - None
Webcast - Live webcast and stats can be accessed via WNBA Live Access on FeverBasketball.com
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• Indiana (11-14) tries to snap a three-game slide while hosting the San Antonio Silver Stars (9-15) Wednesday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. San Antonio enters the contest after an 88-82 win over Phoenix last Saturday, though has alternated wins and losses in its last six games.
• Wednesday’s game is the Fever’s fourth straight, out of five, games against the Western Conference. They are the final games Indiana will play against the West this year, leaving its last seven contests against teams from the East with whom the Fever is battling for playoff positioning.
• Wednesday’s game also is the lone home game in an eight-game stretch which features seven road contests. A West Coast trip behind them, the Fever embarks on four straight road games at Minnesota, New York, Atlanta and Chicago before returning for the regular season’s final three-game homestand. A regular season finale is at Connecticut, Sept. 15, capping a season-ending stretch with 8 of 12 games away from home.
• After a stretch of five games in 10 days to begin the second half of the season, Indiana completed its West Coast stretch having played eight games in the first 17 days of August.
• Counting time in the ABL and including postseason appearances, last Saturday’s game at Seattle was the 400th professional game for Lin Dunn as head coach. Her WNBA career began as head coach and GM with the Storm from 2000-02.
• A Fever win over the Silver Stars would snap a three-game skid and give Indiana its second sweep of San Antonio in the past three seasons. An Indiana win would move the Fever past the Mystics (12-15) into third place in the East.
• A loss would be Indiana’s fourth straight and its fifth in six games. With a loss, Indiana would retain fourth place in the East standings, just a half-game ahead of New York (10-15).
• Counting the absence of All-Star Shavonte Zellous who has missed the Fever’s last four games due to plantar fasciitis, the Fever has had nine different players miss action this season. It is anticipated that Zellous will return to the lineup Wednesday against the Silver Stars.
Fever: F - Tamika Catchings, C - Erlana Larkins, G - Karima Christmas, G - Erin Phillips, G - Briann January
Silver Stars: F- Shenise Johnson, F- Danielle Adams, C- Jayne Appel, G- Jia Perkins, G-Danielle Robinson
Tamika Catchings and Shavonte Zellous each scored 19 points and the Fever opened defense of their WNBA title with a resounding 79-64 victory over the depleted San Antonio Silver Stars on May 24, 2013. Indiana outscored San Antonio 45-29 in the second half, turning a one-point deficit into the Fever's third straight win on opening night. Katie Douglas added 18 points and Erlana Larkins had eight points and 12 rebounds for Indiana. Shenise Johnson scored 14 points and Shameka Christon added 10 for San Antonio, which lost its season opener for the first time since 2010. No other Silver Stars player scored more than nine points. San Antonio was without Becky Hammon and Sophia Young. After scoring the game's first 10 points, the Silver Stars struggled offensively without their top two scorers from last season. San Antonio point guard Danielle Robinson took an early leading role, scoring three points and picking up two assists in the 10-0 run. The Silver Stars collected five assists on their eight baskets in the first quarter. Indiana started making the extra pass to find open shooters beginning in the second quarter. The Fever captured its first lead with 3 minutes left in the first half, using a 13-2 run to take a 32-30 lead. San Antonio regained the lead on Jia Perkins' 3-pointer at the close of the first half, but the advantage didn't hold up. Indiana outscored San Antonio 46-16 in the paint. San Antonio took only 10 shots in the first 9 minutes of the third quarter and shot 37 percent from the field in the second half.
Fever vs. Storm, Aug. 17: Tina Thompson scored 23 points to help the Seattle Storm get past the Indiana Fever, 77-70 at Key Arena. She hit 11-of-12 free throws and added seven rebounds. It was Indiana’s third straight loss and its fourth in five games. The Fever closed a three-game, four-day West Coast road trip after earlier losses at Phoenix and Los Angeles. The Storm staved off a late Indiana rally and never trailed in the second half. Thompson’s free throws with 4.1 seconds left iced the win. Briann January’s 3-pointer with 1:09 to play pulled Indiana within 73-70, but Tamika Catchings missed the opportunity to tie when her 3-point attempt fell off the rim with 18 seconds to play. Seattle’s Tanisha Wright added a pair of charity throws with 17.1 seconds on the clock, and following a deep 3-point miss by Karima Christmas, Thompson sealed the final score. Catchings paced the Fever with 21 points and January added 17. Erlana Larkins had 14 points and a game-high nine rebounds for the Fever who played its fourth straight game without All-Star guard Shavonte Zellous, held out of action due to plantar fasciitis. Wright finished with 16 for Seattle and Shekinna Stricklen added 15. The Storm made their first eight shots of the game for an early 10-0 run and led 25-16 after the first quarter. After Wright staked Seattle to an 11-point advantage with a bucket to open the second quarter, Indiana scored 10 of the next 12 points, outscored the Storm 23-15 in the quarter, and briefly led at 39-38. Seattle led 40-39 at intermission and never trailed thereafter, though never could shake the Fever.
Silver Stars vs. Mercury, Aug. 17: Danielle Robinson and Danielle Adams scored 20 points each and the Silver Stars beat Phoenix 88-82, handing the Mercury their first loss under interim coach Russ Pennell. Jia Perkins added 17 points and Shenise Johnson had 15 for San Antonio. Robinson also had eight assists while going 10 for 11 on free throws while taking the brunt of the blows in a chippy contest between the Western Conference rivals. She was 4 for 4 on free throws in the final quarter as Phoenix went on a late run to pull to 86-80 with 42.2 seconds left. Diana Taurasi scored 23 points, Charde Houston had 15, Brittney Griner added 11 and Candice Dupree 10 for Phoenix, which had won three straight since Pennell replaced Corey Gaines on Aug. 8. Phoenix had 44 points in the paint compared to 28 by San Antonio, but the Silver Stars' backcourt dominated their Mercury counterparts.
The Fever boasts a 13-12 lead in a series that began in 2000 when the San Antonio franchise then was known as the Starzz and located in Utah. Since the franchise move from Utah, Indiana is 13-7 against the Silver Stars. The clubs have split 12 previous meetings at Bankers Life Fieldhouse including an 88-72 San Antonio win last season which was the worst loss of the season for the eventual WNBA champs. The Fever has won three of the past four meetings in Indianapolis.