Game Preview: Fever vs. Shock 8-15-09

by Justin Whitaker
Tonight, 7:00 p.m.
Radio: The Fan 1070-AM
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The Indiana Fever (18-5) returns from its three-game road trip with a matchup against the 2008 WNBA Champions, the Detroit Shock (9-12) (7:00 p.m., 1070 The Fan, WNBA LiveAccess).

Indiana’s Last Outing (August 13, 2009):
The Indiana Fever finished its three-game road trip with an 91-81 victory against the Minnesota Lynx. Ebony Hoffman led all scorers with 24 points and 10 rebounds. Lynx center Nicky Anosike had 14 points and 16 rebounds in 31 minutes. Tamika Catchings filled the stat sheet with 15 points, seven rebounds and six steals. The Fever shot 44 percent from 3-point range making 8-for-18.

Detroit’s Last Outing (August 13, 2009):
The Detroit Shock lost 80-75 to the Atlanta Dream who had five players score in double-figures. All-Star Erika DeSouza had her league-leading 7th double-double of the season with 15 points and 13 rebounds for the Dream. The Shock were led by Deanna Nolan with 20 points, shooting 7-for-25 from the field.

Last Meeting (June 7, 2009):
Katie Douglas’ game-high 26 points helped Indiana overcome a 17-point deficit, carrying the Fever to an 82-70 victory against the Detroit Shock. The win was the Fever’s fourth-straight victory after losing their first two games. Tamika Catchings added 15 points and six assists. Detroit was led by Deanna Nolan with 16 points, eight rebounds and six assists.

Stats and Trends:

  • With four steals tonight, Tamika Catchings will become the third player in WNBA history to record 600 steals. She will also become the quickest and youngest to do so.

  • Katie Douglas needs only three 3-point field goals to move into 5th place on WNBA’s career list.

  • The Fever leads the WNBA with 10.83 steals per game.

    Promos and Tidbits:

  • Fans, don’t forget to watch the Fever LIVE on FeverBasketball.com when the team is on the road! Visit FeverBasketball.com for WNBA Live Access and don’t miss a play all summer!

  • Join the Fever this season for Lucas Oil Family Nights presented by The Indianapolis Star! You’ll receive four tickets to the game, four vouchers for free hot dogs, chips, drinks, four free t-shirts and the chance to shoot free throws on the court after the game. Your next opportunity is Saturday, August 29 when the Fever battles the Sacramento Monarchs.

  • The Fever and Special Olympics Indiana are partnering to help nearly 10,000 people with intellectual disabilities participate in sporting events. Coach Lin Dunn has agreed to be “Freezin’ for a Reason” by taking the Polar Plunge if the Fever raises $5,000 for Special Olympics Indiana during the 2009 Fever season. You can sponsor Coach Dunn in the Polar Plunge by making a donation to Special Olympics Indiana at their table located on the Main Concourse. Let’s all come together and make Coach Dunn take the Polar Plunge!

  • Sunday, Sept. 6 is Fan Appreciation Night presented by Denison Parking. The first 3,000 fans to the game will receive a 2009 Fever team commemorative poster courtesy of Sport Graphics and WISH-TV. Join the Fever for the last regular season game on Sept. 6 with an afternoon tipoff at 4 p.m.