INDIANA VS. CONNECTICUT
Date: Monday, October 8
Time: 8:00 p.m. ET
Site: Bankers Life Fieldhouse (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Radio: 1070 The Fan
Webcast: Live on ESPN3.com
• The Fever is hoping to bounce back from its 76-64 loss at Connecticut in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals. Indiana led after the first quarter 22-14, but the Sun outscored the Fever 62-42 over the final three periods.
• Katie Douglas scored a game high 27 points while tying her own franchise playoff record with five 3-pointers. She scored 17 of Indiana’s 34 points in the second half and 13 in the fourth quarter.
• Douglas’ 27 points were the second-best of her 53-game playoff career, matching her former playoff scoring high while a member of the Sun, during a dramatic playoff loss at Indiana in 2007.
• With her two free throws in Friday’s game, Tamika Catchings (204) eclipsed Lisa Leslie (202) as the WNBA’s all-time leader in playoff free throws made.
• The Fever reached the East Finals this season by avenging last season’s playoff exit at the hands of the Atlanta Dream. Just like its 2007 series against Connecticut, Indiana lost Game 1, but won Games 2 & 3 to survive and advance. The Fever changed its starting lineup in Game 2 of last week’s conference semifinal series – inserting Erin Phillips and Erlana Larkins in place of Shavonte Zellous and Tammy Sutton-Brown.
• The winner of the Indiana-Connecticut series will advance to the best-of- five WNBA Finals against Minnesota or Los Angeles beginning on October 14.
Players To Watch
Fever – Katie Douglas
Douglas was the Fever’s only real offensive threat in Friday’s game. She scored 27 points on 11-of-19 shooting. She shot 50 percent from behind the arc, finishing with five 3-pointers. Douglas is averaging 16.8 points per game in postseason play.
Sun – Tina Charles
Charles continues to be a matchup problem for the Fever. The 6’4” center scored 18 points, grabbed 15 rebounds and blocked four shots on Friday. In the playoffs she is averaging 20 points and 10.7 rebounds per contest.
Fever - F-Tamika Catchings, F- Katie Douglas, C-Erlana Larkins, G- Erin Phillips, G-Briann January
Sun – F- Asjha Jones, F- Kalana Greene, C- Tina Charles, G- Allison Hightower, G- Kara LawsonLast Game
Fever vs. Sun - Tina Charles scored 18 points, grabbed 15 rebounds and blocked four shots to lead Connecticut to the 76-64 win Friday night. Meanwhile, Asjha Jones played lock-down defense on Tamika Catchings, holding the Fever's star to just two field goals and seven points. Charles, the WNBA's MVP, had just four first-half points but came alive in the third quarter, scoring 10 points and grabbing six rebounds as the Sun broke open a 30-30 game. Kara Lawson had 16 points and Tan White added 13 for the Sun, who swept New York in the opening round and have now won eight of their last nine games. Katie Douglas, who spent five years with the Sun and her first seven years in the WNBA with the franchise that moved from Orlando to Connecticut, had 27 points to lead the Fever. She hit 11 of her 19 shots, including 5 of 10 from 3-point range.
Connecticut beat the Fever three out of four times during the 2012 regular season, but it is the first playoff meeting between the clubs since 2007. The Fever is now 2-4 all-time against Connecticut in the playoffs with both wins coming at Bankers Life Fieldhouse during a conference semifinal series in 2007. That series will forever be noted for the 2007 three-game series which began with triple-overtime in Game 1 and ended with the biggest comeback in playoff history in Game 3.