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TULSA at INDIANA

Date:Thursday, July 8, 2010
Time:7:00 p.m. ET
Site:Conseco Fieldhouse (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Radio: 1070 The Fan
Television:None
Webcast:Live on FeverBasketball.com


Storylines & Promotions

• The Fever finally returns home to play at Conseco Fieldhouse after four straight road games. Indiana is 6-1 at home, but has not played on its own court since June 19. The team has not lost at home since its home opener against Washington on May 15. In its first July home game, Indiana hosts the new-look, Tulsa (former Detroit) Shock whose last visit to Conseco Fieldhouse was last September when the Fever beat the Shock for the Eastern Conference crown.

• Indiana survived its long road swing with a 2-2 split. Key losses by Connecticut put Indiana back in third place in the Eastern Conference.

• Thursday marks the last night of WNBA games before the weekend break that features “WNBA vs. USA Basketball: The Stars at the Sun.” Both Tamika Catchings and Katie Douglas will participate in the Stars at the Sun game – Catchings playing for USA Basketball and Douglas representing the WNBA. Catchings was the East’s leading vote-getter and third overall in nationwide fan balloting.

• Indiana still leads the league in opponent scoring. Indiana allows 70.1 points per game, almost two and a half points less than the second strongest defense of the Seattle Storm. The Fever has also forced opponents into the most turnovers of any team (19.67 per game).

• Tulsa made yet another acquisition this week to its varied roster this season. The Shock’s first year in Tulsa, with new coach Nolan Richardson, has meant almost constant adjustments. The Shock signed Ivory Latta on Monday, and waived rookie guard Natasha Lacy. Latta is expected to dress Thursday against the Fever, and if she plays she will be the 16th different player to log minutes in a Shock uniform this season. Fever guard Shavonte Zellous began the year in Tulsa before a late May trade that cost Indiana a second-round draft pick in 2011.

• Indiana mascot Freddy Fever will celebrate his birthday on Thursday night. Joining him in celebration will be Pacers mascot Boomer, mascots from other local sports teams and various WNBA mascots.

Players to Watch
Fever – Bench Players
Fever starters scored 53 of the team’s 74 points in the first match-up against Tulsa earlier this season. Since, Indiana’s bench has earned some positive attention. In the six home wins, bench players have scored at least 25 points every game except one. The bench has put up over 30 points on three of those occasions. With Tulsa’s constantly changing line-ups on the court, Lin Dunn will likely search for a mismatch utilizing her deep bench. Shock coach Nolan Richardson’s game plan is to run, run and run, which means all eleven on the Fever roster must be ready for minutes

Shock – Scholanda Robinson
The Shock guard averages over 12 points and two rebounds per game for the Shock this season. The fourth-year guard leads her team in minutes per game (25.5). She has also started 15 of Tulsa’s 16 games this season. This is the most of all players on an ever changing Shock roster. Robinson has tallied double-digit scoring in seven straight games, and has been Tulsa’s high scorer in three straight contests..

Probable Starters
Fever

F-Tamika Catchings

F-Ebony Hoffman

C-Tammy Sutton-Brown

G-Katie Douglas

G-Tully Bevilaqua

Shock

F-Tiffany Jackson

C-Chante Black

G-Scholanda Robinson

G-Shanna Crossley

G-Kiesha Brown

Last Games
Fever –Indiana beat Chicago for the fourth time this season, 58-51. The Fever controlled the tempo early, but allowed an 18-point lead dwindle before closing the game with 11 of its last 15 points. Indiana limited the Sky to just 27 percent shooting from the field. Three Fever players scored double digits, led by Tamika Catchings with 16 points. Tully Bevilaqua put together a season-high 13 points and Jessica Davenport added 10. Tammy Sutton-Brown pulled down a season-high 10 rebounds.

Shock-Tulsa’s struggles continued as the Shock lost its tenth straight game, 69-54 to Washington. Indiana native Shanna Crossley returned to play, but did not start after missing two games due to illness. Crossley scored 11 points and had four steals in 22 minutes of action. Robinson led the Shock with 16 points and Jennifer Lacy put up 10.

Series
The Fever gave the Shock its first home win in Tulsa on May 29th. Before moving to Tulsa, the Fever had played the former Detroit franchise 47 times including playoff meetings, more than any other opponent. The regular season series between the clubs favors the Shock, 19-18.