Date: Wednesday, September 5, 2012 Time: 7:00 p.m. ET Site: Philips Arena (Atlanta, Ga.) Radio: 1070 The Fan Television: Fox Sports Indiana Webcast: Live on FeverBasketball.com
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The Indiana Fever faces the Atlanta Dream for the fifth and final time this season. The Fever already has captured the season series with the Dream by virtue of winning three of the four previous matchups. Atlantas lone win came in a 70-58 decision at Philips Arena on June 26.
Indiana is on its longest winning streak this season, capturing its fifth straight victory over Chicago on Saturday, 81-64. The Fever has won 7 of 8 contests following the Olympic break. The current win streak matches the fourth-longest in franchise history. A Fever win at Atlanta would match its third-longest mark in history. It would be the clubs longest streak since a 7-game streak in 2011.
With its win on Saturday, the Fever clinched a 2012 WNBA playoff berth for the eighth consecutive season to match the longest such streak in WNBA history. Indiana has made the playoffs in nine of 13 seasons, with trips to the conference finals in four of the past seven years.
Atlanta is on a two-game winning streak, defeating Eastern Conference leader Connecticut on Sunday, 87-80. The Dream is 5-3 since the Olympic break.
The Fever (17-8) is second in Eastern Conference standings, only 1.5 games behind the Sun. Atlanta is in third place at 14-13.
On Wednesday, Atlanta will honor legendary University of Tennessee coach and Tamika Catchings former coach Pat Summitt.
Will she play, or wont she? Atlantas Angel McCoughtry has undergone some turmoil following the Olympic Break, missing several games and serving a short suspension following the firing of former coach Marynell Meadors. Following the naming of Fred Williams as the Dreams new coach, however, McCoughtry served her suspension before returning to the court for 20 minutes off the bench Sunday against Connecticut.
Players to Watch Fever Briann January
After a season-ending knee injury last year, January has had an outstanding 2012 season thus far. The 58 point guard out of Arizona State scored a team-high 19 points on 5-of-8 shooting in Saturdays victory over the Sky. She is averaging career highs in points and assists at 10.6 points per game and 3.8 assists per game. January is shooting over 41 percent from behind the arc, sinking at least one 3-pointer in 18 consecutive contests.
Dream Sancho Lyttle
Besides the obvious Angel McCoughrty and Erika de Souza duo, Lyttle is a key to Atlantas success. The 64 forward is averaging 14.9 points per game and 7.6 rebounds per game. She is shooting over 42 percent from the field and 75 percent from the free-throw line. In Sundays win over Connecticut, Lyttle finished with a double-double, scoring 15 points and grabbing 13 boards. She shot 7-of-12 from the field and added four assists and three steals.
Last Games Fever vs. Chicago - Briann January scored 19 points, Tamika Catchings and Katie Douglas added 17 each, and the Indiana Fever beat the Chicago Sky 81-64 Saturday night for their season-high fifth straight win.
Catchings also had 10 rebounds for the Fever (17-8), who moved two games behind first-place Connecticut in the Eastern Conference. Epiphanny Prince scored 22 points to lead the Sky (9-16), which has lost 11 of its last 12. Sylvia Fowles, back after missing two games, went to the locker room in tears early in the third quarter quarter with an apparent injury to her lower right leg. She returned to the bench but did not play, finishing with two points and two rebounds in about 11 minutes.
Dream vs. Connecticut - Angel McCoughtry scored 18 of her 24 points in the final period to lead the Dream to an 87-80 victory over the Connecticut Sun on Sunday. The WNBA's leading scorer shot 7-of-8 from the field as the Dream (14-13) pulled away from a third-quarter tie to hand Connecticut (19-7) just its third loss in 13 road games. Sancho Lyttle had 15 points and 13 rebounds, and Erika De Souza finished with 14 points and 12 boards. Kara Lawson had 16 points and five assists, and Danielle McCray scored a season-high 15 -- including 13 in the final quarter -- for the Sun.
The Fever is 3-1 against the Dream this season and 1-1 when playing at Philips Arena. The Fevers road win on May 27 was its first at Philips Arena since September 2008 in the Dreams expansion season. Indiana fell to Atlanta in all four regular season contests in 2011 and was knocked out by the Dream in the 2011 Eastern Conference Finals, 2-1.