Indiana (16-17) vs. Connecticut (9-24)
Date: Sunday, September 15
Time: 1:00 p.m. (ET)
Site: Mohegan Sun Arena (Uncansville, Conn.)
Television - None
Radio - None
Webcast - Live webcast and stats can be accessed via WNBA Live Access on FeverBasketball.com.
Storylines & Promotions
• Indiana (16-17) visits the Connecticut Sun (9-24) in the final game of the regular season with hopes of securing the East’s No. 3 seed in the upcoming WNBA Playoffs.
• Indiana is playing for the No. 3 seed in the upcoming Eastern Conference playoffs. Scenarios:
1. If the Fever ties with the Washington Mystics (16-17), Indiana wins a head-to-head tiebreaker by virtue of its better conference record (currently 11-10 vs. 9-12). Washington hosts New York on Sunday (4:00 p.m.)
2. The possibility of a three-way tie for second place in the East still exists. In that scenario, Atlanta (17-16) earns the No. 2 seed, by virtue of a better record (6-3) against the other two teams. Washington (4-5) would take the No. 3 seed and Indiana (3-5) would be seeded No. 4.
• Atlanta wins a two-way tie between the Fever and Dream, by virtue of the Dream’s 3-1 series record.
• The Fever has reached the WNBA Playoffs in nine consecutive seasons, and 10 in 14 years. Playoffs begin Sept. 19, with the Fever likely to host Game 2 of an Eastern Conference series on Saturday, Sept. 21 or Sunday, Sept. 22. An exclusive online playoff offer is available at FeverBasketball.com until 10:00 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 16 when tickets for the Eastern Conference Semifinals go on sale to the public online, at Bankers Life Fieldhouse and at all Ticketmaster outlets.
• A Fever win over the Sun would be its fifth win in seven games, lifting Indiana back to the .500 mark for just the third time this season following a horrific 1-7 start with four players managing long-term injuries.
• A Fever win also would extend Indiana’s streak of seasons at .500 or better, to nine years. The streak coincides with the Fever’s nine straight years of reaching the playoffs – every year since 2005.
• A win would extend the longest active coaching streak without a losing record in the WNBA. Lin Dunn boasts an active streak of six straight seasons without a losing record, dating to the 2002 season at Seattle. A Fever win would extend Dunn’s streak to seven years, matching the WNBA mark held by Van Chancellor (1997-03) and Anne Donovan (1991-97).
• Friday’s game against New York marked the return of Fever guard Katie Douglas who had not played since the club’s home opener on May 31. In just her third game of the season, Douglas shot 3-of-11 overall and 1-of-8 from 3-point range for 11 points.
• At Connecticut on Sunday, the Fever will play without starters Tamika Catchings, Briann January and Shavonte Zellous. Catchings is nursing a sore back while January receives treatment again for a sore shoulder. Zellous will attend a family funeral.
• Sunday’s game continues an end-of-season stretch with each of the Fever’s last seven contests against teams from the East. Its last six regular season games fall during an 11-day stretch between Sept. 4 and Sept. 15.
• Indiana is just the third team in WNBA history to reach the playoffs after beginning a season with at least seven losses in its first eight games (2001 Charlotte; 2012 Seattle).
• The Fever is just the fourth team in WNBA history to reach the playoffs after enduring a losing streak of at least seven games (2001 Charlotte; 2002 Washington; 2007 New York).
Fever: F- Katie Douglas, C- Erlana Larkins, G- Karima Christmas, G- Erin Phillips, G- Layshia Clarendon
Sun: F - Kalana Greene, F - Kelsey Griffin, C - Mistie Bass, G - Renee Montgomery, G - Iziane Castro Marques
(Sept. 7): Indiana locked up its ninth consecutive postseason berth with a hard-earned 69-60 victory over the Connecticut Sun. Four Indiana players scored in double figures, led by Tamika Catchings' 15 points. The Fever held the Sun to 37.5 percent shooting (24-of-64). Jessica Breland totaled 12 points and nine rebounds against the Sun. She and Erlana Larkins combined for 14 points and eight rebounds in the fourth quarter as Indiana took over a close game. Kelsey Griffin had 14 points and seven rebounds and Tan White had 13 points for Sun, who lost for the eighth time in their last nine games.
Fever vs Liberty (Sept. 13): Tamika Catchings recorded her seventh double-double of the season and 89th of her career, collecting 23 points and 10 rebounds in a rousing 66-63 victory over the New York Liberty. Katie Douglas buried her first field goal attempt, a 3-pointer with 7:27 left in the first quarter, and totaled 11 points on 3-of-13 shooting. New York,which has lost five straight games, took the Fever to the wire. A 3-pointer by Karima Christmas with 1:30 left pushed Indiana ahead by four, 64-60. A trey by New York's DeLisha Milton-Jones, who led her team with 18 points, then cut the edge to one.
Sun vs Mystics (Sept. 13): Ivory Latta scored 19 points and the playoff-bound Washington Mystics hit 12 of 17 3-pointers in an 82-56 rout of the Connecticut Sun. Kia Vaughn added 14 points and 10 rebounds, Tayler Hill matched her career-high with 16 and Monique Currie scored 13 for the Mystics, who led by 18 points in the first half and then fended off Connecticut rallies in the second half. Due to several injuries including guard Tan White, Connecticut had only seven players available. Sydney Carter scored 11 points and Iziane Castro Marques had 10.
Indiana trails the all-time regular-season series with Connecticut, 31-21, including a four-game split this summer. Connecticut has won six of the past nine regular-season meetings between the teams. In the playoffs, Indiana has captured two of three series with Connecticut, including the East Finals in 2012. Indiana also won a conference semifinal series over the Sun in 2007, which featured four overtime periods in three games. The clubs are tied 4-4 in postseason play with the Fever owning a 3-1 mark on its home floor.