Game Preview: Fever at Storm

 

Seattle Storm (6-4) at Indiana Fever (5-5)

Date: Sunday, June 23rd
Time: 7:00 p.m. (ET)
Site: Alaska Airlines Arena
Live Stream: WNBA League Pass

The Indiana Fever close out their three-game road trip with a visit to Seattle to face the Storm. Indiana snapped a two-game losing streak and moved to 5-5 on the season with a 76-69 victory over the Chicago Sky Friday night. Seattle (6-4) led by as many as 26 points in its 84-62 win against Phoenix on Saturday.

Erica Wheeler posted a season-high 28 points on 7-of-14 shooting and led the team with eight assists in the win. Wheeler finished the game 6-of-8 from beyond the arc and 8-of-8 at the free throw line. Natasha Howard (20 points) and Jewell Lloyd (23 points) scored over half of Seattle’s points. Six different players contributed at least eight points in the win.

Probable Starters
Fever: F – Betnijah Laney, F – Candice Dupree, C –Teaira McCowan, G – Kelsey Mitchell, G – Erica Wheeler
Mercury: F –Alysha Clark, F –Natasha Howard, C –Mercedes Russell, G –Jewell Lloyd, G – Shavonte Zellous

NOTES

  • The Storm won the first meeting between the teams this season at Bankers Life Fieldhouse 84-82 on June 11. It was Seattle’s fourth straight win against the Fever.
  • Natasha Howard scored a career-high 26 points and went 9-of-17 from the field in that game. Kelsey Mitchell’s 21 points led the way for the Fever.
  • The Storm have won the last three matchups in Seattle. They lead the all-time series 21-19.
  • Erica Wheeler set new season highs with 28 points and six 3-pointers on Friday night. The six 3-pointers were one shy of Wheeler’s career high, set back in 2017.
  • Wheeler has recorded at least five assists in eight of Indiana’s 10 games this season. Her 6.1 assists per game are second in the WNBA, trailing only Chicago’s Courtney Vandersloot (8.0).
  • Making the second start of her WNBA career, Teaira McCowan posted her second consecutive double-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds. The Fever have three players (Natalie Achonwa, Candice Dupree, McCowan) with multiple double-doubles in a season for the first time since 2009 (Tamika Catchings, Tammy Sutton-Brown, Ebony Hoffman).
  • Candice Dupree (14 points, 10 rebounds) also recorded a double-double. It is the first time since 2008 two Fever players have finished with double-doubles in the same game on multiple occasions.
  • Indiana shot 47.1 percent from 3-point range (8-of-17), its second-best performance of the season. Erica Wheeler and Tiffany Mitchell were a combined 8-of-12 from beyond the arc.
  • The Fever have shot a higher field goal percentage than their opponent in eight of their ten games. They are 5-3 in those contests.
  • Natalie Achonwa (seven) and Tiffany Mitchell (four) are both within 10 points of reaching 1,000 for their career. Achonwa and Mitchell have spent their entire careers with the Fever.
  • A win over Seattle would give the Fever their sixth win of the season and fourth on the road, tying their totals from all 2018.