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LOS ANGELES at INDIANA

Date: Thursday, July 22, 2010
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Site:Conseco Fieldhouse (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Radio: 1070 The Fan
Television: ESPN2
Webcast:Live on ESPN3.com


Storylines & Promotions

• Indiana battles Los Angeles in its first game against a Western Conference opponent since the All-Star break.

• After suffering a home loss against Connecticut, the Fever has recorded back-to-back victories over Atlanta and New York.

• Tonight’s game marks the first of two meetings with the Sparks this year. Both contests are set to be nationally televised on ESPN2.

• The Fever currently holds the top spot in the Eastern Conference after its 84-81 overtime victory against New York last weekend. Washington’s victory over Atlanta on Wednesday moved the Mystics into a first-place tie with Indiana.

• Tamika Catchings is approaching a franchise record for consecutive games with 20+ points. In her last four games she has scored 24, 22, 23, and 22. If she scores at least 20 tonight it would set a franchise record.

• Carolyn Peck, who coached Katie Douglas during Purdue’s 1999 NCAA championship season will be the analyst for ESPN2. Dave Pasch is the play-by-play announcer for the broadcast.

Players to Watch
Fever - Ebony Hoffman
After coming back from playing overseas in Turkey, Hoffman had a bit of a rough start, scoring in double-figures in only five of 17 games. Since the All-Star break, Hoffman is averaging 14.3 points per game and is contributing more like Fever fans are used to seeing her play. In her last game Hoffman scored 15 points and pulled down eight rebounds. She plays against her hometown team Thursday against Los Angeles.

Sparks - DeLisha Milton-Jones
With Candace Parker out for the season, Milton-Jones has increased her productivity from two previous seasons in Los Angeles. The 11-year veteran and two-time WNBA Champion is averaging 19.2 points per game in the Sparks last five contests. Milton-Jones is also a two-time Olympic Gold Medalist.

Probable Starters
Fever


F-Tamika Catchings

F-Ebony Hoffman

C-Tammy Sutton-Brown

G-Katie Douglas

G-Tully Bevilaqua

Sparks


G- Noelle Quinn

F-DeLisha Milton-Jones

F - Tina Thompson

G-Marie Ferdinand-Harris

G- Ticha Penicheiro

Last Games
Fever - – Despite 40 points from Liberty guard Cappie Pondexter, Indiana captured a dramatic overtime victory, 84-81, at New York’s Madison Square Garden. Tamika Catchings led the way for the Fever with 22 points. The Fever led after three quarters, but found themselves down five, 71-66 with 2:25 to play in regulation. Catchings hit a three-pointer with 50.7 second left to tie the game at 73-73. In overtime, Catchings scored nine of the Fever’s 11 points for the victory. Indiana shot a blistering 52.9 percent from beyond the three point arc.

Sparks - Los Angeles led by as many as 16 and was up 10 going into the fourth quarter, but had some trouble getting by Tulsa, 86-83. In the final period, the Shock came back and led 76-74 with 46.3 seconds remaining, before Sparks forward Tina Thompson made a jump shot to send the game into overtime. Noelle Quinn connected on a lay-up with just over 30 seconds left in overtime to break an 81-81 tie and put the Sparks up for good. Los Angeles was led by 23 points from DeLisha Milton-Jones. Scholanda Robinson was the high scorer for Tulsa with 19 points.

Series
Los Angeles leads the all-time series, 12-5. Since losing 10 of the first 11 games of the series, Indiana has come back to emerge victorious in four of the last six matchups. The Fever has won the last three meetings against the Sparks at Conseco Fieldhouse, including a 73-61 win last season.