Indiana, Atlanta Battle In Eastern Conference Semifinals

INDIANAPOLIS The No. 2-seeded Indiana Fever will meet the Atlanta Dream, the East's No. 3 seed, in next week's Eastern Conference Semifinals. The Fever (20-12) and Dream (19-14) begin the East Semifinals next Friday, Sept. 28 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse (7:00 p.m., ESPN2). A schedule follows:

Eastern Conference Semifinals (2) Indiana vs. (3) Atlanta Local EDT Broadcast
Game 1 Fri., Sept. 28 Atlanta at Indiana 7:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. ESPN2
Game 2 Sun., Sept. 30 Indiana at Atlanta 4:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m. ESPN2
Game 3 * Tue., Oct. 2 Atlanta at Indiana TBD TBD TBD


* if necessary

Tickets already are on sale at FeverBasketball.com, the Bankers Life Fieldhouse Box Office and all Ticketmaster outlets. Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals is a Lucas Oil Family Night presented by The Indianapolis Star. Family Night tickets include a Fever t-shirt and a voucher for a hot dog, chips and a Pepsi product. The 2012 Indiana Fever playoffs are presented by Indiana Members Credit Union and Kroger.

Below are facts about the Fever and the upcoming WNBA Playoffs.

In its first-round playoff matchup, the Fever is paired against the Atlanta Dream, the same team that ended Indiana's season in 2011, in the Eastern Conference Finals.
It is the fifth time that Indiana has entered the playoffs with home-court advantage and one of the East's top two seeds.
Indiana's eight-year run of reaching the postseason (2005-12) is tied with Los Angeles as the second-longest streak in league history. Seattle owns a current streak of nine years (2004-12) which is the league's longest.
Indiana has reached the postseason nine times in the club's 13-year history. The Fever has reached the Eastern Conference Finals in four of the past seven years, with a trip to the WNBA Finals in 2009.
Lin Dunn has earned her sixth playoff appearance overall as a WNBA head coach. She and Seattle's Brian Agler share the league's longest active playoff coaching streak with five straight appearances.
The Fever is the first franchise in WNBA history to record 20 or more wins, seven times in an 8-year span.
Indiana has joined the L.A. Sparks as the only teams ever to produce seven 20-win seasons in WNBA history.
The streak of four straight seasons is an Eastern Conference record, breaking the Fever's own conference mark for consecutive 20-win seasons in 2005, 2006 and 2007.
Indiana's 20-12 record is the second-best in the Eastern Conference and is virtually identical to the Fever's best seasons ever. Indiana won 21 games in each of 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2011. The Fever won a franchise-record 22 games in 2009.