WASHINGTON at INDIANA
Date: Thursday, August 16, 2012
Time: 7:00 p.m. ET
Site: Bankers Life Fieldhouse (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Radio: 1070 The Fan
Webcast: Live on FeverBasketball.com
• The Fever enters the second half of its season at 10-7, second in Eastern Conference standings. Indiana fell to Los Angeles on July 12 before entering the five-week Olympic break.
• Bankers Life Fieldhouse and Indianapolis welcome back Fever forward Tamika Catchings from the London Olympics. Catchings healped lead Team USA to a gold-medal win over France, capturing her third gold medal. Catchings will be honored during a pregame ceremony at approximately 6:55 p.m.
• Last in Eastern Conference standings, Washington is 4-14. The Mystics snapped a four-game losing streak, defeating the New York Liberty 70-53 before entering the Olympic break.
• This is the second of four times Indiana and Washington will meet. The Mystics defeated the Fever 67-66 in Washington on June 15.
• A key to Indiana’s success in the second half of its season is rebounding, according to Coach Dunn. The Fever ranks 10th in the WNBA in rebounding, out of 12 teams, averaging 31.6 rebounds per game, while giving up 36.2 rebounds per game.
• The Fever is 6-3 when playing at home this season, while the Mystics are 1-7 when playing on the road.
• Thursday’s game is an IMCU 2 for 1 Thursday. Pick up a voucher at any IMCU locations for a special 2 for 1 ticket offer for all Tuesday and Thursday home games. Or visit the Bankers Life Fieldhouse Box Office and ask for the IMCU 2 for 1 ticket offer.
• Fans attending Thursday’s game will receive a “Welcome Back” cheer card commemorating Team USA’s Olympic gold medal.
• The first 2,000 fans to the August 16 Fever vs. Washington game will receive an Indiana Fever/Boost Mobile notebook courtesy of Boost Mobile. Thank you Boost Mobile!
• A pregame Chalk Talk featuring Fever broadcast personality Chris Denari and assistant coach Stephanie White takes place in Locker Room Restaurant beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Players To Watch
Fever – Tamika Catchings
Catchings finished the first half of the WNBA season leading Indiana in points and rebounds. The Fever veteran and three-time Olympic gold medalist is averaging 18.2 points, 7.4 rebounds and 3.1 assists per contest. In a loss against the Los Angeles Sparks before departing for London, Catchings shot 8-of-16 from the field and a perfect 10-of-10 from behind the line, scoring 27 points and grabbing six rebounds.
Mystics – Crystal Langhorne
Langhorne is the Mystics leading scorer, averaging 16.6 points per contest. In Washington’s victory over the New York Liberty before parting for the Olympic break, the 6’2” forward shot 10-of-15 from the field, finishing with 24 points. Langhorne is averaging 6.7 rebounds per game.
Fever - F-Tamika Catchings, F- Shavonte Zellous, C-Tammy Sutton-Brown, G- Katie Douglas, G-Briann January
Mystics – F- Monique Currie, F- Crystal Langhorne, C- Michelle Snow, G- Matee Ajavon, G- Jasmine Thomas
Fever vs. Los Angeles - Rookie forward Nneka Ogwumike had 22 points and 20 rebounds to help the Los Angeles Sparks beat the Indiana Fever 77-74 on July 12. Ogwumike finished with 12 offensive rebounds, tying a WNBA record. Los Angeles outrebounded Indiana 47-31 and grabbed 23 offensive boards. Candace Parker and Kristi Toliver each scored 19 points for the Sparks (15-6), who won their fifth straight in the final game for both teams before the Olympic break. Indiana (10-7) had a chance to tie in the final seconds, but Tamika Catchings missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer. Catchings scored 27 points and Briann January added 11 for the Fever. Katie Douglas, Indiana's No. 2 scorer, finished with nine points on 3-for-14 shooting.
Mystics vs. New York - Crystal Langhorne scored 24 points and Monique Currie added 16 to lead the last-place Mystics to a 70-53 victory over the New York Liberty on Friday. Washington (4-14), which had lost its first seven road games, snapped a four-game losing streak and won for the second time in 11 games. Washington shot 43 percent (24 for 56) from the field, led by Langhorne's 10-for-15 and Currie's 5-for-8 efforts. The Mystics were also 19 for 28 (68 percent) on free throws. Cappie Pondexter scored 22 points on 9-for-23 shooting for the Liberty (6-12), losers of three straight and seven of their last 10. Essence Carson added eight points on 4-for-15 shooting as New York shot 32 percent (22 for 68) - including 1 for 15 from 3-point range - and 8 of 9 on free throws.
The Fever is 0-1 against the Mystics this season, though in the last three seasons Indiana is 10-3 against Washington, winning all five contests in 2011. Indiana defeated the Mystics 2-0 in the Eastern Conference Semifinals in 2009.