INDIANA at SEATTLE

Date: Thursday, August 23, 2012
Time: 10:00 p.m. ET
Site: KeyArena (Seattle, Wash.)
Radio: 1070 The Fan
Television: None
Webcast: Live on FeverBasketball.com

Storylines & Promotions

Thursday’s game is the first matchup between Indiana (12-8) and Seattle (10-12) this season. The two teams will play a second time on September 12 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Thursday’s matchup also marks the return of former MVP Lauren Jackson to the Seattle roster. The Storm announced Jackson’s return earlier this week. She has not played thus far during the 2012 season due to commitments with the Australian Olympic team.

The Fever is looking to bounce back from Tuesday’s 10-point loss against Los Angeles. Before falling to the Sparks, Indiana opened the second half of its season on a two-game winning streak, defeating Washington, 84-66, and Atlanta, 86-72.

Seattle is on a two-game losing streak, falling to Los Angeles, 82-71, and the defending WNBA champion Minnesota Lynx, 86-73. This is the first time the Storm has lost two in a row at home since July 2009.

Less than two weeks ago, Tamika Catchings and the Storm’s Sue Bird won their third consecutive Olympic gold medal together on Team USA. Catchings and Bird were Olympic teammates in 2004, 2008 and 2012.

The Fever stands in second place behind Connecticut in Eastern Conference standings. The Storm is fourth in the West behind Minnesota, San Antonio and Los Angeles.

Katie Douglas is the 12th-leading scorer in WNBA history (4,872 points), needing just four points to pass Sheryl Swoopes (4,875) as the 11th all-time scorer.

Players to Watch
Fever Katie Douglas
Douglas hit a combined 10-of-14 shots from behind the arc in the past two games. Her seven 3-pointers against Atlanta on Saturday were an Indiana franchise record. The 6’0” veteran guard finished with 29 and 22 in the Fever’s last two contests, leading Indiana in scoring. In Tuesday’s loss at Los Angeles, Douglas shot 7-of-17 from the field and 3-of-5 from 3-point range. She also added seven rebounds and two steals.

Storm Camille Little
In addition to the obvious attention afforded to returning Olympian and former league MVP Lauren Jackson, Camille Little has made her mark recently with the Storm. In Tuesday’s loss against the Lynx, Little scored a team-high 20 points on 7-of-11 shooting. She made 6-of-8 free throws, grabbed five rebounds and dished three assists. The 6’2” forward out of North Carolina is averaging 10.9 points and 4.9 rebounds per game.

Probable Starters
Fever - F-Tamika Catchings, F-Katie Douglas, C-Tammy Sutton-Brown, G-Shavonte Zellous, G-Briann January

Sky F- Katie Smith, F- Camille Little, C- Ewelina Kobryn, G- Tanisha Wright, G- Sue Bird

Last Games
Fever vs. Sparks Kristi Toliver scored 21 points to lead all five starters in double-digit scoring as the Los Angeles Sparks beat the Indiana Fever 79-69 Tuesday night for their seventh straight victory. Candace Parker scored 15 points, DeLisha Milton-Jones and Nneka Ogwumike each had 12 and Alana Beard added 10 for the Sparks (17-6). Los Angeles is on its longest winning streak since an eight-game run June 7-25, 2006. Katie Douglas led the Fever (12-8) with 22 points and Tamika Catchings added 16.

Storm vs. Lynx Seimone Augustus scored 22 points, Maya Moore had 20 and Rebekkah Brunson had 20 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Minnesota Lynx past the Seattle Storm 86-73 on Tuesday night for their fifth consecutive win. Moore and Augustus each hit four 3-pointers for defending champion Minnesota (18-4), which has the league's best record and has already clinched a playoff berth. Lindsay Whalen had nine assists and Moore added eight rebounds and a season-high seven assists. Camille Little scored 20 points to lead Seattle (10-12). Sue Bird added 17 points and Tanisha Wright 11.

Series
In the past three seasons Indiana is 3-3 against the Storm and 0-3 while playing at Key Arena. Indiana has only defeated the Storm on the road one time (2006) in the past 12 seasons, since the teams entered the league together as expansion teams in 2000.