Davenport Breaks Nose

DAVENPORT SUSTAINED BROKEN NOSE IN 4TH QUARTER COLLISION SUNDAY

LOS ANGELES – Indiana Fever center Jessica Davenport sustained a broken nose during the fourth quarter of Sunday’s 104-82 road victory over the Phoenix Mercury. Davenport will wear a protective mask for approximately four weeks, beginning Tuesday when the Eastern Conference-leading Fever battles the Los Angeles Sparks in a nationally televised game on ESPN2 (10:00 p.m. ET).

With 3:20 remaining in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game and the Fever leading 93-77 in a rematch of last year’s WNBA Finals, Davenport absorbed the blow from the right elbow of Mercury star Diana Taurasi who was coming off a screen and driving to the basket. Davenport was whistled for a foul on the play. Taurasi was assessed a technical foul. Davenport left the game with 15 points and seven rebounds.

The defending Eastern Conference champion, Indiana owns a ˝-game lead over the Atlanta Dream for first place in the East. The Fever continues its West Coast road swing Tuesday before returning to Conseco Fieldhouse to host Taurasi and the Mercury on Friday, Aug. 13 (7:00 p.m.) for Inspiring Women Night presented by the U.S. Coast Guard and Merrill Lynch.

Following its first visit to the WNBA Finals and three consecutive sellout crowds during the 2009 WNBA Playoffs, the Indiana Fever is eager to pursue a sixth straight playoffs appearance and a return trip to the Finals in 2010. The Fever entertains the Phoenix Mercury on Friday, Aug. 13 (7:00 p.m.) for Inspiring Women Night presented by the U.S. Coast Guard and Merrill Lynch, and closes the regular season with Fan Appreciation Night on Sunday, Aug. 22 (5:00 p.m.) against the Minnesota Lynx. Season and single-game tickets are available at FeverBasketball.com or by calling (317) 917-2500.