Game Preview: Sun at Fever

 

Connecticut Sun (10-6) at Indiana Fever (6-11)

Date: Sunday, July 14th
Time: 4:00 p.m. (ET)
Site: Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Live Stream: WNBA League Pass

The Indiana Fever continue their four-game homestand with a Sunday afternoon contest against the Connecticut Sun. Indiana is coming off a 90-84 loss to the Los Angeles Sparks on Friday night. The defeat dropped the Fever’s record to 6-11. Connecticut improved to 10-6 with a 79-64 win over Phoenix Friday.

Erica Wheeler and Shenise Johnson led a balanced scoring attack for Indiana with 11 points each. All 12 Fever players scored at least four points against the Sparks. Alyssa Thomas scored a team-high 20 points and was one of six players with at least 10 for the Sun. Connecticut beat Indiana 88-77 in both team’s second game of the season back on May 28.

Probable Starters
Fever: F – Betnijah Laney, F – Candice Dupree, C –Teaira McCowan or Natalie Achonwa, G – Kelsey Mitchell, G – Erica Wheeler
Sun: F –Shekinna Stricklen, F – Alyssa Thomas, C – Jonquel Jones, G – Courtney Williams, G – Jasmine Thomas

NOTES

  • The Sun got 25 points on 10-of-16 shooting from Jonquel Jones in that victory over the Fever. Erica Wheeler went 11-of-15 from the floor scored a game-high 26 points while dishing nine assists for Indiana.
  • Connecticut has taken each of its last six meetings with the Fever. The Sun lead the all-time series 42-29.
  • Indiana’s bench accounted for 50 of its 84 points in the loss to Los Angeles. Shenise Johnson (11 points) and Stephanie Mavunga (10 points) contributed 21 of them.
  • Mavunga’s 10 points tied her career high. She added five rebounds and a blocked shot in 12 minutes of game time.
  • Shenise Johnson matched or bettered her season high in points (11), rebounds (5) and assists (2). Johnson set a new season high in scoring for the second game in a row.
  • The Fever scored 32 points in the fourth quarter, the second-largest total in the final 10 minutes in the WNBA this season. Indiana now owns the two highest-scoring fourth quarters in the league.
  • Erica Wheeler (471) passed Katie Douglas (470) at No. 3 in Fever history with her three assists on Friday. Wheeler is also two assists away from 500 in her career, becoming the fifth undrafted free agent in league history to amass both 1,000 points and 500 assists.
  • Wheeler ranks third in the WNBA with 5.6 assists per game as of July 12. She is the only point guard in the league to average five-plus assists, double-digit scoring and shoot at least 40 percent from 3-point range.
  • Candice Dupree (6,256) enters Sunday’s game eight points from passing Lisa Leslie (6,263) for sixth on the WNBA career scoring list.
  • With a win against the Sun, Indiana would surpass its total and home win totals from 2018.