Indiana Fever (13-16) at Chicago Sky (21-8)
Date: Friday, September 6
Time: 8:30 p.m. (ET)
Site: Allstate Arena (Chicago, Ill.)
Television - None
Radio - None
Webcast - Live webcast and stats can be accessed via WNBA Live Access on FeverBasketball.com.
Storylines & Promotions
• Indiana (13-16) visits the Chicago Sky (21-8) on Friday in a game featuring teams that could meet in the opening round of the WNBA Playoffs. It is the last of four meetings between the teams this season, with Indiana owning a 2-1 lead in the season series. The Fever captured a 64-58 decision at Allstate Arena on Aug. 6, just three days after earning a 79-58 win in Indianapolis.
• Friday’s game continues an end-of-season stretch with each of the Fever’s last seven contests against teams from the East. With fourth-place Indiana engaged in a tight contest with Washington (14-15) and New York (11-19) to secure the East’s last two playoff spots, the playoff race is on.
• Indiana plays its last six regular season games in an 11-day stretch between Sept. 4 and Sept. 15.
• Friday’s game concludes an eight-game stretch which features seven road contests. With a West Coast trip and games at Minnesota, New York and Atlanta behind them, the Fever plays at Chicago before returning for the regular season’s final three-game homestand. The regular season finale is at Connecticut on Sept. 15, capping a season-ending stretch with 8 of 12 games away from home.
• A Fever win over the Sky would be its second in three games as Indiana hopes to keep pace with third-place Washington in the East standings. A loss would be Indiana’s sixth in eight games.
• Briann January (125) needs two 3FG to pass Tan White (126) in the No. 4 spot on the Indiana chart for career 3-point field goals.
• Shavonte Zellous (389) needs 18 points to surpass the career high she set for single-season scoring (406) as a rookie with the Detroit Shock in 2009.
Fever: F - Tamika Catchings, C - Erlana Larkins, G - Karima Christmas, G - Shavonte Zellous, G - Briann January
Sky: F- Swin Cash, F- Elena Delle Donne, C- Sylvia Fowles, G- Epiphanny Prince, G- Courtney Vandersloot
(August 6, 2013): Tamika Catchings scored 18 points with eight rebounds and three steals as the Indiana Fever won for the ninth time in 12 games, defeating the Chicago Sky, 64-58. Shavonte Zellous finished with 14 points and a career-high four steals for Indiana, who played its third game in six days. Karima Christmas added 10 points and four of the Fever’s 13 steals, which were turned into 18 points. The Fever’s defense helped overcome a 40-29 rebounding deficit, with Sylvia Fowles leading the Sky with 17 boards and 14 points. Elena Delle Donne, playing for the first time after missing two games, contributed 12 points and Epiphanny Prince scored 11. Indiana downed the East-leading Sky for the second time in three nights, both times holding Chicago to season lows in scoring
Fever vs. Dream (Sept. 4): Angel McCoughtry scored 30 points and added nine rebounds to pace the Atlanta Dream to an 89-80 overtime win over the Indiana Fever. Atlanta scored four consecutive fast-break layups in overtime to lead the Dream to a nip-and-tuck win over the Fever. Tamika Catchings paced Indiana with 22 points, nine rebounds and four steals. Shavonte Zellous added 15 and Erlana Larkins contributed 10 points while tying a franchise record with 17 rebounds. Overall, the Dream outshot (42.5% to 35.5%) and outrebounded (47-40) the Fever, but nine Indiana 3-pointers helped curb the difference. Catchings, Zellous, Christmas and Erin Phillips – who started in place of an ill Briann January – each had a pair.
Sky vs. Dream (Aug. 31): Sylvia Fowles scored 18 points and Elena Delle Donne had 15 to help the Sky beat the Atlanta Dream 85-68. Tamera Young added 12 points to help Chicago win its sixth straight to remain one game behind West-leading Minnesota for the league's best record. Rookie Alex Bentley scored a career-high 19 points to lead Atlanta, which has dropped four straight after a three-game winning streak. Angel McCoughtry, the league's leading scorer, didn't start for Atlanta due to an injured right ankle, but finished with 17 points. Chicago led by one point at halftime before pulling away by outscoring Atlanta 30-11 in the third quarter.
Friday’s matchup is the 33rd meeting between Indiana and Chicago in what has been billed as the I-65 series. The Fever has won 26 of the past 32 games and is 11-4 against the Sky on the road. Indiana has won four straight games at Allstate Arena including a 64-58 decision on August 6. The Fever has won eight of the past nine meetings overall, and 15 of 17, including 5-0 marks in both 2010 and 2012.