Indiana at Washington, Game 2, Eastern Conference Semifinals

Game Information

Date:Saturday, August 23, 2014
Time: 5:00 p.m. (ET)
Site: Verizon Center (Washington, D.C.)

Broadcast Information

Television - ESPN2
Radio - 107.5FM
Webcast - Live webcast and stats can be accessed via ESPN3

Storylines & Promotions

Indiana meets Washington for the second game in the 2014 Eastern Conference Semifinals. The Fever and Mystics split the regular season series, 2-2, with the road team taking all four matchups. The two have met once previously in the postseason, as Indiana swept Washington, 2-0, in the 2009 Eastern Conference Semifinals on the way to the franchise’s first WNBA Finals appearance. The Fever won Thursday’s opening series game 78-73 in Indianapolis.

• The series opener against the Mystics proved to be a banner day for Fever forward Tamika Catchings. She finished with 22 points and 10 rebounds for her 21st career playoff double-double - extending her own WNBA record. Her seven steals on the night not only was a career playoff best, but also set the Fever postseason franchise record and tied the WNBA record for most steals in a regulation playoff game. The previous record was held by Connecticut’s Nykesha Sales with seven steals, vs. Washington, 9/27/04. Former Fever forward Katie Douglas recorded eight as a member of the Connecticut Sun in a triple-overtime game against Indiana, 8/23/07.

Catchings also finished Game 1 with a 14-for-14 performance from the free throw line - her most free throws attempted without a miss in her career. Only Phoenix’s Penny Taylor, who shot 18-for-18 in the WNBA Finals against Detroit on Sept. 16, 2007, owns a better perfect outing from the charity stripe in WNBA playoff history.

• While grabbing six rebounds in the first quarter, Catchings passed Lisa Leslie (471) to become the WNBA’s all-time career leader in playoff rebounds. She currently stands at 476 rebounds in her playoff career.

• In Game 1, Catchings also passed Deanna Nolan (467) into second place on the WNBA’ postseason scoring list, and needs just 21 points to pass Lisa Leslie (508) as the league’s scoring leader in playoff history.

• Making the playoffs for the seventh straight season, Lin Dunn has set the WNBA coaching record for consecutive postseason appearances. With Thursday’s win, she is now tied for third in WNBA history with Washington coach Mike Thibault with 21 playoff wins. Dunn already has more playoff wins than any female head coach in WNBA history.

• Indiana has now earned at least one playoff win in eight consecutive seasons - extending the best streak in WNBA Playoffs history. Indiana’s 27 playoff wins are the third-most wins by any franchise in WNBA Playoffs history.

• Rebounding ace Erlana Larkins set a new Fever regular-season franchise record for rebounds in a season. She finished with 303 boards in 33 games, passing Tamika Catchings’ old mark of 276 in 2002. Larkins set a new franchise record by averaging a career-best 9.2 rebounds per game. The previous Fever record for a season average was 9.0 RPG by Catchings in 2007. She also set a franchise record with 14 games with 10 or more rebounds during the regular season.

• Going 9-8 on the road in the regular season, the Fever tied the franchise record for road wins in a single season (nine in 2006, 2007, 2010, and 2012).

• This is Lin Dunn’s final season in coaching. Inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame on June 14, she intends to continue consulting and mentoring with pro and college coaches, and will remain an advisor with the Fever in 2015. A star pupil who she once recruited to Purdue, Stephanie White will take over the coaching reigns next year as part of Indiana’s succession plan.

Probable Starters

Fever: F- Tamika Catchings, F- Marissa Coleman, C- Erlana Larkins, G- Shavonte Zellous, G- Briann January
Mystics: F- Monique Currie, C- Kia Vaughn, C- Emma Meesseman, G- Ivory Latta, G- Kara Lawson

Last Meeting

August 21, 2014: Tamika Catchings scored 14 of her 22 points in the fourth quarter, including several clutch baskets down the stretch, to lead the Fever to a 78-73 win over the Washington Mystics on Thursday night in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. Catchings, who endured a lengthy scoring drought from midway through the first quarter to midway through the third, also finished with 10 rebounds and seven steals. Behind runs of 10-0 and 9-0 in the second quarter, Washington erased a 10-point first quarter deficit to take a 36-30 halftime lead. The Mystics maintained their lead throughout the third quarter before Catchings regained her touch and the Fever turned up their intensity and urgency. After watching the nip-and-tuck action for the first seven minutes of the final quarter, Catchings took over. In the final three minutes of the game, Catchings scored eight points, including two free throws that helped seal the game for the Fever. Her seven steals matched a WNBA playoff regulation record. She went 14 for 14 from the foul line, the second-best perfect foul shooting performance in league playoff history. Ivory Latta scored 17 points to lead the Mystics. Emma Meesseman had 17 points and six rebounds, and Monique Currie added 11 points.

Series

Indiana meets Washington for the second game in the 2014 Eastern Conference Semifinals. The Fever and Mystics split the regular season series, 2-2, with the road team taking all four matchups. The two have met once previously in the postseason, as Indiana swept Washington, 2-0, in the 2009 Eastern Conference Semifinals on the way to the franchise’s first WNBA Finals appearance. The Fever won Thursday’s opening series game 78-73 in Indianapolis.