SCHEDULE
Gm 1: at Ind, Thur., 9/8, 7 p.m. ET. NBA TV/WNBA.com
Gm 2: at Conn., Sat., 9/10, 2 p.m. ET. NBA TV/WNBA.com
Gm 3*: at Conn., Sun., 9/11, 1 p.m. ET. ESPN
One of the few teams that had success against the Connecticut Sun this season, the Indiana Fever split their four-game series with the Sun, even winning once at Mohegan Sun Arena. In dispatching the Shock in the first round, the Sun showed that they are loaded with weaponsl. Nykesha Sales and Taj McWilliams-Franklin were All-Stars in their own right, and guard Lindsay Whalen could very well have been. The Sun have also had three different players win WNBA Player of the Week honors. The Indiana Fever return to the playoffs for the first time since 2002 and won their first-ever series. Coach Brian Winters' team also finished with the best regular season record in team history by an easy five games. Indiana also won a franchise-record (21) games this season and, as always, are led by All-Star and MVP candidate Tamika Catchings. Just as she did last season, the fourth-year forward leads Indiana in just about every statistical category. However, Catchings has gotten help from a variety of sources this season as well, from free agent guard Tully Bevilaqua and rookie Tan White to veteran center Natalie Williams. In addition to a yellow-and-blue colored series (these two teams share similar color schemes), this could be a black-and-blue series as the top teams in the East this season play for a chance to go to the Finals.

2005 Regular Season: Connecticut Sun 2- Indiana Fever 2
Some fast facts about the Sun-Fever first-round matchup:

McWilliams-Franklin

One of the deepest, most balanced teams in history, four Sun players averaged better than 11.0 ppg this season: Nykesha Sales, Taj McWilliams-Franklin, Lindsay Whalen and Katie Douglas.
The Sun had winning streaks of eight games, six games, four games and three games (twice) this season. They only lost back-to-back games twice, both times to New York and Indiana.

Fever forward Tamika Catchings led the Fever in scoring (15.0 ppg), rebounding (8.0 rpg), assists (4.3 apg) and steals (2.8 spg, best in the WNBA).
Fever center Natalie Williams has announced that this will be her final season. After the Fever's postseason comes to an end, she will return to Utah and live with her family. The team's third-leading scorer and second best rebounder in 2005 is also the leading rebounder in U.S. women's professional basketball history.


Catchings

Wednesday, July 13: Indiana 64, Connecticut 53 | Box score

Sun leaders: Katie Douglas (11 pts., 7 reb.), Taj McWilliams Franklin (14 pts., 6 reb.)
Fever leaders: Tamika Catchings (18 pts., 9 reb., 8 stl.)
NBA TV highlights: Play

Tuesday, July 26: Connecticut 68, Indiana 55 | Box score
Sun leaders: Nykesha Sales (19 pts., 4 reb.), Lindsay Whalen (13 pts., 5 ast.)
Fever leaders: Tamika Catchings (13 pts., 10 reb.), Tully Bevilaqua (19 pts., 4 reb.)
NBA TV highlights: Play

Saturday, August 6: Connecticut 74, Indiana 65 | Box score
Sun leaders: Nykesha Sales (26 pts., 5 reb.), Taj McWilliams-Franklin (14 pts., 12 reb.)
Fever leaders: Tamika Catchings (17 pts., 13 reb.)
NBA TV highlights: Play

Tuesday, July 26: Indiana 69, Connecticut 63 | Box score
Sun leaders: Nykesha Sales (14 pts., 2 reb.), Taj McWilliams Franklin (16 pts., 4 ast.)
Fever leaders: Tamika Catchings (18 pts., 6 reb., 6 ast.), Kelly Miller (15 pts., 4 reb.)
NBA TV highlights: Play