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1070 the fan Tickets Webcast

WASHINGTON at INDIANA

Date: Friday, July 30, 2010
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Site:Conseco Fieldhouse (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Radio: 1070 The Fan
Television: None
Webcast: Live on ESPN3.com, Live on FeverBasketball.com


Storylines

• Indiana still leads the Eastern Conference by one game. Atlanta stayed in second place with a win over Tulsa on Tuesday. Washington fell to 2 ½ games back when the Mystics lost to Connecticut on Tuesday (and pending Washington’s game Thursday). Still, only 5 games separate the entire Eastern Conference headed into Friday night’s action.

• These two teams meet for the fourth time this season, just six days after battling in Washington. This final matchup between the Fever and Mystics could affect postseason play for both teams. If Washington and Indiana end the season tied for a spot in the Eastern Conference playoffs, the advantage goes to the team who won the season series. Currently, Washington leads the series 2-1. The first tiebreaker is teams’ record within the same conference – Indiana is 10-2, Washington is 8-3; advantage Fever.

•The Fever is on a five-game winning streak and boasts wins in six of its last seven games. This is the longest streak since setting a franchise record last season with 11 straight wins last year. A sixth consecutive win would match the second-longest win streak in Fever history. Indiana’s 10-2 record at home is the best in the Eastern Conference, and second only to Seattle’s perfect 12-0 home record in the WNBA.

• Friday’s game is Veolia Water Back to School Night. It is also a Lucas Oil Family Night presented by The Indianapolis Star! Visit FeverBasketball.com or the Conseco Fieldhouse Box Office to purchase your ticket package. You’ll receive four tickets to the game; four vouchers for free hot dogs, chips, drink, four free t-shirts and the chance to shoot free throws on the Main Court after the game

Players to Watch
Fever - Post Players
Coach Lin Dunn is not shy about the Fever’s rebounding struggles this year. Indiana has been outrebounded by 10 or more in all three games against Washington this season. Mystics’ forward Crystal Langhorne has accumulated 31 rebounds in those meetings, matching that of all four Fever post players combined. Indiana’s post quartet of Tammy Sutton-Brown, Ebony Hoffman, Jessica Davenport and Jessica Moore will need to help curb the Mystics’ rebounding advantage.

Mystics – Katie Smith
Smith has transitioned from leading scorer to supporting cast member on this year’s Washington Mystics club. Still, the six-time WNBA All-Star still has had three impressive performances against the Fever. Smith averages 16.7 points in the contests between the Fever and Mystics, well above her season scoring average (9.7). This includes shooting 8-of-16 from 3-point land. The Fever defense will need to cool Smith’s sharp-shooting in order to overcome the Mystics for the second time in a week..

Probable Starters
Fever


Catchings

Hoffman

Sutton-Brown

Douglas

January

Mystics


Currie

Langhorne

Sanford

Harding

Smith

Last Games
Fever - The Fever held on to beat the Chicago Sky 78-74, for the fifth time this season. No team has ever beaten the same team five times in one season in the WNBA. Tamika Catchings finished with team highs 16 points and 10 rebounds. Briann January (15), Katie Douglas (13), and Jessica Davenport (10) all finished with double figure scoring. Indiana shot 50 percent from the field, and outrebounded the Sky 37-28. Center Sylvia Fowles paced Chicago with 18 points and 8 rebounds. Former Fever player, Shay Murphy, added 12 points off the bench for the Sky. .

Mystics - Coming into Thursday night’s game against San Antonio, Washington had lost four of the five games it played since the all-star break. Following its loss to the Fever, Washington fell to Connecticut 88-78. Crystal Langhorne shined for the Mystics, scoring 23 points on 7-of-10 shooting and 9-of-10 from the free throw line. However, Washington could not contain the Sun who had four scorers reach double figures.

Series
This is the fourth meeting between the Fever and Mystics this season. The last contest took place less than a week ago at Washington, with Indiana claiming a 78-73 win on July 24. The Mystics have an edge in the season series 2-1. Indiana leads the all-time series, 25-13. Indiana lost its season opener to Washington on May 15, 72-65 at Consecco Fieldhouse. The loss was one of only two at home for the Fever this season.