Game Preview: Sun vs Fever

 

Connecticut Sun (23-10) at Indiana Fever (12-21)

Date: Sunday, September 8th
Time: 4:00 p.m. (ET)
Site: Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Live Stream: WISH-TV and ESPN3

The Indiana Fever close the 2019 campaign Sunday by hosting the Connecticut Sun in a game televised by local TV partner WISH-TV.

Indiana collected an 86-81 comeback win at New York on Sunday, scoring the game’s final 14 points behind late scoring from Candice Dupree and Kelsey Mitchell. Connecticut lost in its final home game of the regular season, 109-104 in overtime against Chicago.

Indiana got 17 points from veteran Dupree, including a go-ahead bucket with a minute-and-a-half to play, and another free throw in the final minute. Mitchell scored a game-high 22 points including three points of own in the final 90 seconds. Tiffany Mitchell added 15 points and rookie center Teaira McCowan contributed 14 points and 13 rebounds for her fifth consecutive double-double. At Mohegan Sun Arena in Connecticut, Courtney Williams scored 25 points with nine assists and Jonquel Jones had 18 points and nine rebounds in a losing effort for the second-place Sun.

Probable Starters
Fever: F – Kennedy Burke, F – Candice Dupree, C –Teaira McCowan, G – Tiffany Mitchell, G – Erica Wheeler
Sun: F –Shekinna Stricklen, F – Alyssa Thomas, C – Jonquel Jones, G – Courtney Williams, G – Jasmine Thomas

NOTES

  • Indiana hopes to avoid a series sweep on Sunday while hosting the Sun who have beaten the Fever at home and on the road earlier this season.
  • Beyond Sunday’s game, Connecticut will play as the No. 2 seed in the upcoming WNBA Playoffs, earning a bye until the WNBA Semifinals.
  • Indiana is 6-6 since the All-Star Break and has beaten a pair of clubs with winning records – Seattle and Las Vegas. Prior to the All-Star Break, the Fever were winless against teams with a winning record except for a June win at Chicago, then 5-2.
  • Candice Dupree (6,442 career points) enters the season’s final game just 11 points from passing Katie Smith (6,452) as the fifth-leading career scorer in WNBA history.
  • Kelsey Mitchell enters Sunday’s game with 70 3-point field goals this season, tying her rookie total of 70 a year ago. She currently ranks fourth in Fever history for a single season.
  • Teaira McCowan established one double-double record on Friday and could match another on Sunday. Her fifth consecutive double-double eclipsed Catchings’ prior mark of four in 2002, giving her 11 for the season. Catchings’ 12 double-doubles in 2002 is the Indiana record in a season.
  • McCowan owns the Fever’s rookie rebounding record with 296 rebounds currently. She enters the final game just eight rebounds shy of breaking Indiana’s record for a season – 303 by Erlana Larkins in 2014.
  • She currently ranks No. 7 by rookie rebounders in WNBA history with figures by Cindy Brown (301) and Candace Parker (313) looming in the distance.
  • She is the only player in the WNBA to average a double-double since June 19: 11.7 points and 10.4 rebounds.
  • The Fever’s 12-21 mark through 33 games is currently seven games better than their 5-28 mark a year ago.
  • Fever fans need to respect the vet, Candice Dupree! Currently averaging double-figure scoring for the 14th consecutive season, she joins Tamika Catchings (15 seasons) and Tina Thompson (14) as the only players to do so.
  • Similarly, Dupree’s longevity has been remarkable. Dupree, Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi are the only players in league history to start at least 30 games in a record 13 seasons. Dupree debuted in the league in 2006, with Taurasi entering the WNBA in 2004 and Bird in 2002.
  • Sunday’s game will be Indiana’s last at Bankers Life Fieldhouse until perhaps some point in the 2022 season. Due to planned renovation over next two-plus summers, the Fever will relocate to its interim home at Hinkle Fieldhouse on the campus of Butler University. Through 20 seasons, Bankers Life Fieldhouse has been the site of every Indiana home game in the regular season (193-143) and playoffs (23-10).