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SEATTLE at INDIANA

Date: Thursday, June 17, 2010
Time: 7:00 p.m. ET
Site: Conseco Fieldhouse (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Radio : 1070 The Fan
Television: Live on FOX Sports Indiana
Webcast: Delayed on FeverBasketball.com


Storylines and Promotions

• Thursday marks the first of two games against conference leading teams. Seattle (9-1) has a strong four-game lead in the West. Atlanta (8-3) jumped back into the top spot in the East when Connecticut lost to the Fever last Sunday. Seattle enters Thursday’s game with wins in five straight contests while the Fever has won six of its last eight.

• Although both teams have standout offensive players, the Storm and Fever are defensive minded teams. Indiana and Seattle are first and second in the WNBA in points allowed. The Fever also ranks first in blocks and steals per game in the WNBA.

• The home court continues to be a huge advantage for the Fever. After losing its first home game, Indiana has won four straight at Conseco Fieldhouse. Seattle’s only loss of the season came on the road to Chicago.

• Tamika Catchings continues pursuit of two of her own franchise records Thursday. Currently, she has made 30 consecutive free throws, which is just one shy of the Fever record she set last season. Catchings also has scored in double figures in 28 straight games stretching back to last season. She owns the Fever record of 37 straight games in double digits, set between the 2003 and 2004 seasons.

• Thursday’s game is the Fever’s annual Adopt A Pet Night; adoptable pets from Indianapolis Animal Care & Control are available for viewing and/or adoption on the Main Concourse before and during the game. All the pets have their shots, are spayed or neutered, microchiped, and are available for adoption that night for only $60. Plus, anyone that adopts a pet that night will receive a Fever pet adoption prize pack with things you will need for the new addition to your family! Photos of adoptable pets will be available online at FeverBasketball.com this week.

Players to Watch
Fever – Katie Douglas
Douglas averaged 8.8 points in the Fever’s first five games. Since then, Douglas is averaging 17.6 points per contest. Her shooting percentage also improved. The Fever guard has made 19 of her last 38 shots from beyond the arc. Indiana’s defense hopes to slow Seattle down, but the Fever will need a solid offensive night as well, especially from Douglas.

Storm- Sue Bird
Seattle’s point guard sets the tone for her team. Bird leads the league in assists per game (6.7), and averages 11.9 points and over 32 minutes per game. The only game she has had at least 10 points and five assists happens to be the Storm’s only loss this season. Seattle’s strong starting lineup looks to Bird to distribute the ball. The Storm currently ranks second in team scoring (84.4) and average five more assists per game than its opponents.

Probable Starters
Fever

F-Tamika Catchings

F-Ebony Hoffman

C-Tammy Sutton-Brown

G-Katie Douglas

G-Tully Bevilaqua

Storm

F-Swin Cash

F-Lauren Jackson

C-Camille Little

G-Sue Bird

G-Tanisha Wright

Last Games
Fever – Indiana defeated Connecticut on its home court 77-67 on Sunday. The Fever split the two-game series with Connecticut, each team winning at home. Katie Douglas scored 15 of her 20 points in the first half to give Indiana a 42-26 halftime lead. Connecticut tied the game 60 before Tamika Catchings took over for the Fever. Catchings scored 12 of the team’s final 17 points.

Storm- Storm beat the Sparks for the third time this season. Four Storm starters scored in double figures leading to the 82-60 victory. Lauren Jackson led the team with 17 points and nine rebounds. The Storm displayed a balanced attack defensively with 13 team steals while out-rebounding the Sparks by nine. The same four Storm starters also average double-digit scoring for the season. Seattle is on a five-game win streak since suffering its lone loss of the season at Chicago.

Series
The Seattle and Indiana have met 18 times since both teams joined the WNBA in the 2000 season. The Storm lead the series 11-7 overall, and has won four of the last six meetings. Indiana is 6-3 against Seattle at Conseco Fieldhouse. The two teams split last season with each team winning on its respective home court.