Game Preview: Fever vs Sparks

Indiana Fever (1-2) vs. Los Angeles Sparks (2-0)

Date: Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Time: 7:00 p.m. (EDT)
Site: Bankers Life Fieldhouse
TV: MyIndyTV-23
Live Stream: WNBA League Pass

Probable Starters
Fever: F- Marissa Coleman, F- Candice Dupree, C- Erlana Larkins, G- Shenise Johnson, G- Briann January
Sparks: F- Essence Carson, F- Nneka Ogwumike, C- Candace Parker, G- Alana Beard, G- Chelsea Gray

The Fever host the Los Angeles Sparks in the first of three meetings between the teams this year. The Fever earned their first win of the year on Saturday night against the Connecticut Sun, and look to continue their winning ways at home against the defending WNBA champions.

The game will feature some of the most decorated players in the WNBA. The Sparks feature last season’s MVP in Nneka Ogwumike and last year’s Sixth Woman of the Year in Jantel Lavender, and Candace Parker is a former MVP. The Fever have five-time All-Star Candice Dupree, who ranks in the top 15 in WNBA history in scoring and rebounding, fellow All-Stars Briann January and Marissa Coleman. January has been named to the WNBA All-Defensive team five times.

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Stats & Storylines
• Wednesday’s game is the first local telecast this season as part of eight games on WISH-TV and MyIndyTV-23. The MyIndyTV-23 broadcast will feature former Fever star Tamika Catchings who makes her Fever broadcasting debut. She began calling college games last winter on ESPN.

• The Fever opened their home slate Saturday night with an 81-79 win over the Connecticut Sun. Candice Dupree led the Fever in scoring with 19 points. The Fever used a 29-19 fourth quarter advantage to complete the comeback after trailing by as many as 11 in the third quarter.

• The Fever set a single-game team record for best free throw percentage, with just one miss, shooting 28-of-29 in the win.

• The Sparks won 99-89 at home against the Washington Mystics last Friday. Nneka Ogwumike scored 23 points and rookie Sydney Wiese made six 3-pointers en route to 22 points. Candace Parker and Essence Carson made their season debuts for the Sparks after missing the first game while playing overseas.

• The Fever rank first in the WNBA in fewest turnovers per game (12.3), while the Sparks lead the league in points per game (88.5), field goal percentage (50%), and 3-point percentage (46.2%).

• Tiffany Mitchell is the only Fever player to score in double figures in all three games so far. She leads the team in scoring with 14 points per game. She set a Fever rookie record by scoring in double figures her first eight games last season, the most consecutive games to start a career.

• Ogwumike has scored more than 20 points in both of the Sparks’ games this season. She is the third leading scoring in the league with 23 points per game.

• Mitchell made her career-high of four 3-pointers against Los Angeles last season, and Erica Wheeler’s career high of 20 points came against the Sparks in a different game last year.

• Erlana Larkins is ninth in team history with 1,098 points, and with 16 points will pass Tully Bevilaqua in eighth.

• Marissa Coleman spent two seasons with the Sparks from 2012-13 before coming to Indiana. Fever guard Shenise Johnson and Sparks guard Riquna Williams were college teammates at Miami.

• The Fever are 10-22 all-time against the Sparks, with a 7-8 record at home. The Fever won last season’s matchup in Bankers Life Fieldhouse 92-82.

• Jantel Lavender has yet to appear in a game this season for the Sparks due to overseas commitments, though she dressed for the Sparks on Friday. Odyssey Sims injured her ankle during the game.

• The Fever have made a WNBA-record 12 straight playoffs. The Sparks have qualified for the postseason 16 of the past 18 seasons.


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