Game Preview: Liberty vs Fever

 

New York Liberty (8-18) at Indiana Fever (9-17)

Date: Tuesday, August 20th
Time: 7:00 p.m. (ET)
Site: Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Live Stream: MyINDY-TV 23 and WNBA League Pass

The Indiana Fever battle the New York Liberty for the first time since the season’s opening week, hoping to secure a tiebreak advantage in a matchup of teams battling for playoff contention. Indiana fell to 9-17 during a 107-68 loss at Washington last Sunday. New York dropped to 8-18 following a 78-72 defeat at Phoenix.

Indiana has won three of five games since the All-Star Break and hopes for a fourth consecutive home win for the first time since 2015.

Tiffany Mitchell scored 17 points to pace the Fever at Washington, and Teaira McCowan registered her sixth double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds off the bench. Veteran star Tina Charles paced the Liberty in their loss to the Mercury, scoring 23 points with 13 rebounds.

Probable Starters
Fever: F – Betnijah Laney, F – Candice Dupree, C – Teaira McCowan or Natalie Achonwa, G – Tiffany Mitchell, G – Erica Wheeler
Liberty: F –Kia Nurse, F –Rebeccah Allen, C –Tina Charles  , G –Bria Hartley, G –Tanisha Wright

NOTES

  • Indiana got past the Liberty with a pair of wins in the season’s opening week, getting past New York 81-80 on opening night in Westchester, and 92-77 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on June 1.
  • Erica Wheeler enters Tuesday’s contest just four assists behind Tamika Catchings as the Fever’s record-holder for a single season (143 in 2005). Wheeler (139) needs five assists to break the record.
  • Candice Dupree is officially listed as questionable for Tuesday’s game following a strain to her left middle finger at Washington. She played seven minutes to open the game and sustained the injury just before the first-quarter buzzer. X-rays were negative, but she did not return to the game.
  • The Fever’s 9-17 mark through 26 games is currently six games better than their 3-23 mark a year ago.
  • The Fever will exceed their 2018 win total with every victory the rest of this season.
  • With five home wins and four road wins, the Fever have exceeded and matched their home and road totals from 2018, also.
  • To coincide with the WNBA’s Breast Health Awareness Week, the Fever will wear their pink-themed uniforms again on Tuesday. Indiana beat Atlanta 87-82 in its Breast Health Awareness Game on Aug. 10. It marks the first time the Fever have ever worn their pink-themed jerseys twice in the same season.