INDIANA at NEW YORK
Date: Thursday, August 30, 2012
Time: 7:00 p.m. ET
Site: Prudential Center (Newark, N.J.)
Webcast: Live on FeverBasketball.com
Storylines & Promotions
• The Indiana Fever (15-8) takes on the New York Liberty for the fourth and final time this season. Indiana won the first matchup, 91-68, the Liberty won the second game, 87-72, and the Fever clinched the third contest, 84-82. The Fever can clinch a playoff tiebreaker with a victory.
• The Fever is on a three-game winning streak, defeating Washington 83-68 on Tuesday. Indiana is 5-1 since returning from the Olympic break.
• New York (9-15) is looking to snap a two-game losing streak. The Liberty fell to Los Angeles (82-67) and Seattle (84-66) last weekend. New York is 3-3 since returning from the five-week break.
• Indiana made 10 3-pointers in Tuesday’s game. That marks the seventh time this season that the Fever has made 10 or more shots from behind the arc. The Fever remains on pace to break WNBA records for 3-pointers in one season and 3-point percentage by a team.
• With her four assists against the Mystics on Tuesday, Katie Douglas surpassed Nikki Teasley for 15th place on the WNBA’s career assists list.
• Douglas has made 56 3-pointers this season and is on a pace to hit 83 for the season, which would shatter the current single season team record of 76 held by Tamika Catchings (2002).
• Point guard Briann January has hit at least one 3-pointer in 16 consecutive games.
• Indiana is second in Eastern Conference standings, only 2.5 games behind conference leader Connecticut. New York is fourth in the East, ahead of Chicago and Washington.
Players to Watch
Fever – Jessica Davenport
Coming off the bench, Davenport scored a combined 36 points in the Fever’s last three games. She scored 16 points in Indiana’s victory over Washington on Tuesday, shooting 5-of-10 from the floor and 6-of-7 from the free throw line. She also grabbed five rebounds. In Saturday’s win over Phoenix, Davenport was 4-of-5 from the floor and 4-of-6 from the line, finishing with 12 points and six rebounds.
Liberty – Cappie Pondexter
Pondexter is second in the league in scoring behind Atlanta’s Angel McCoughtry, averaging 20.8 points per game. In New York’s loss to Seattle on Sunday, the 5’8” guard scored 23 points on 9-of-17 shooting. She shot 2-of-5 from behind the arc and made 3-of-4 free throws.
Fever - F-Tamika Catchings, F- Shavonte Zellous, C-Tammy Sutton-Brown, G- Katie Douglas, G-Briann January
Liberty – F- Plenette Pierson, F- Nicole Powell, C- Kia Vaughn, G- Cappie Pondexter, G- Leilani Mitchell
Fever vs. Washington - A strong performance against the Washington Mystics has pushed the Indiana Fever a bit closer to the top of the Eastern Conference. Katie Douglas scored 18 points to lead the Fever to an 83-68 victory over the Mystics on Tuesday night. Tamika Catchings had 17 points, five rebounds and five assists for the Fever (14-8), who have won five of six since returning from the Olympic break and continue their race for the No. 1 spot in the East. Reserve Noelle Quinn had 13 points and five rebounds for the Mystics (5-18), while Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton scored 10. The Fever went on a 10-2 run in the third quarter and led by as many as 14 points in sending the Mystics to their fifth loss in the last six games. The Fever took a 2-1 series lead on the Mystics this season.
Liberty vs. Seattle - Sue Bird had 18 points and 10 assists, Lauren Jackson scored 16 points and the Storm snapped a three-game losing streak with an 84-66 whitewashing of the fatigued New York Liberty on Sunday night.The Storm have fluctuated all season while navigating injuries and the absence of Jackson, who spent the first half of the year training for the London Olympics. Sunday was just her second game back, she played a big role despite shooting 3-of-11 from the field. With team's so focused on Jackson, numerous options open up, such as Camille Little, who had 15 points and eight rebounds, and slashing space for rookie Shekinna Stricklen, who had 12 points. Cappie Pondexter, the WNBA's second-leading scorer, had 23 points for the Liberty. She was the only New York player in double figures.
The Fever is 2-1 against the Liberty this season. Indiana is 0-1 this season when playing New York at the Prudential Center. In 2010 and 2011 Indiana was 7-7 against the Liberty and 2-5 when playing at New York.