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Minnesota Lynx (9-3) at Indiana Fever (4-7), 11:00 a.m., Bankers Life Fieldhouse

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This one might bring back some painful memories for the Lynx fanbase.

Indiana was the team that unexpectedly knocked Minnesota out of the 2012 WNBA Finals. Today will be the first time the two squads will meet up since then.

It’s not exactly the same two squads. Both teams have injury concerns, but don’t doubt for a second that there won’t be some extra emotion in this one.

Last time out

The Lynx are coming off an impressive 94-72 victory over the Atlanta Dream (10-2) – a game which was televised on ESPN 2.

Filling in for the injured Seimone Augustus (ankle), shooting guard Monica Wright led the way, scoring a season-high 22 points to go along with five assists. She was 7-for-10 from the field.

Point guard Lindsay Whalen added 20 points and five assists. Although she was the third leading scorer on her team, small forward Maya Moore did so in a pretty efficient way, scoring 19 points while going 7-of-8 from the field.

Power forward Rebekkah Brunson recorded the 60th double-double of her career, hauling in 12 rebounds to go along with 10 points.

The Fever won the fourth game of their season by defeated the also injury-plagued Connecticut Sun (3-8) 78-66 on Saturday.

Forward Tamika Catchings led the way, scoring 22 points while adding a game-high six steals. Guard Shavonte Zellous added 14 points as did Briann January.

Indiana was able to win, despite being outrebounded 31 to 26.

As most Lynx fans recall, Indiana was the team that defeated Minnesota in the WNBA Finals last season. Indiana and Minnesota won games one and two, respectively, before the Fever closed games three and four out on their home court.

During the 2012 regular season, the Lynx were 2-0 against the Fever

Key matchup: Moore vs. Catchings

Both of these players have been asked to step up as of late. Catchings because of, well, everyone on her team getting hurt and Moore because of the latest injury to Augustus.

Catchings is third in the league averaging 18.8 points per game and is second in the league with 3.22 steals.

For Minnesota and Moore, ball protection will be a key.

Moore’s all-around game this season has been fantastic. She’s averaging 17.5points per game to go along with 6.3 rebounds and 3.1 assists.

Injury report

The injury bug has bit Indiana hard this season. Guards Jeanette Pohlen and Katie Douglas are out indefinitely, while center Jessica Davenport is out for the season with a tibia injury.

The good news is that guard Erin Phillips is probable with a knee injury.

It looks like Lynx guard Seimone Augustus will miss her second straight game with a sprained left ankle.


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