Game Preview: Fever at Liberty

Game Preview: Fever vs. Liberty
Indiana Fever (19-14) vs. New York Liberty (23-10)

Date: Sunday, September 13, 2015
Time: 5:00 p.m.
Site: Bankers Life Fieldhouse (Indianapolis, IN)
Radio: None
Television: WNDY-TV/NBATV
Webcast: Live webcast and stats can be accessed via WNBA Live Access on (Webcasts during games televised on FOX Sports Indiana may not be available in local market areas due to blackout restrictions.)

Storylines & Promotion

  • The Indiana Fever wrap up the 2015 regular season at home on Sunday night as they host the first-place New York Liberty (23-10) at 5:00 p.m. at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
  • After a 75-67 road victory over the Atlanta Dream on Friday night, the Fever snapped a two-game losing skid and came one game closer to clinching the third seed in the Eastern Conference playoff race.
  • Heading into the final day of play on Sunday, Indiana (19-14) currently holds a one-game lead over Washington (18-15) for third place in the Eastern Conference standings. The Mystics hold the tiebreaker after taking the regular season series over the Fever, 3-2. Washington will host Atlanta Sunday afternoon at 4:00 p.m.
  • Indiana is guaranteed the No. 3 or No. 4 seed in the upcoming Eastern Conference playoffs. Any combination of an Indiana win or Washington loss will net the Fever the third seed.
  • Indiana will begin the playoffs at either No. 1-seed New York or No. 2-seed Chicago. The Fever will host Game 2 of the best-of-three East Semifinals on Saturday, Sept. 19 or Sunday, Sept. 20.
  • Finishing with a 9-8 record on the road this season, the Fever tied the franchise record for most road victories in a season. This season marks the sixth time in team history the team has won nine road games and the third time in the last four seasons.
  • Rookie Natalie Achonwa scored in double figures for the 10th time this season in Friday’s victory, finishing with 10 points to go with a season-high nine rebounds.
  • Stephanie White has won more games this season than any first-year head coach in Fever franchise history. Lin Dunn went 17-17 in her first season as head coach in the 2008 season.
  • To boost White’s resume for WNBA Coach of the Year, the Fever have featured nine different starting lineups this season, have entered only two games this season with all 12 players in uniform (July 28 at Connecticut and August 28 vs. Atlanta) and have never ended a game with all 12 players healthy.
  • With a victory on Sunday, White would become the third rookie head coach in WNBA history to record at least 20 wins in his or her first year. Michael Cooper set the record with 28 wins during his first year as head coach of the Los Angeles Sparks in 2000.

Coors Light Cold Hard Fact
Coors Light Cold Hard Fact: Stephanie White has won more games than any other first-year Fever coach.

Probable Starters
Fever F-Marissa Coleman, F-Erlana Larkins, C-Lynetta Kizer, G-Shenise Johnson, G-Layshia Clarendon
Liberty – F- Tina Charles, F- Swin Cash, C- Carolyn Swords, G- Epiphanny Prince, G- Tanisha Wright

Last Meeting
(August 23, 2015) Layshia Clarendon corralled the long rebound off a miss by Liberty guard Epiphanny
Prince with 0.6 second remaining as the Indiana Fever withstood a second-half rally from New York to hang on for
an 80-79 home victory in a matchup between the top two teams in the Eastern Conference. After a Tina Charles
layup pushed New York ahead, 79-78, with 1:58 remaining, Most Improved Player award candidate Shenise
Johnson pulled up from the right elbow and nailed a 19-footer for the final basket of the game with 1:33 left to play.
The Fever made two key defensive stops down the stretch to seal the victory and move within one game behind the
Liberty for first place in the East. Led by Tamika Catchings with 14 points, the Fever used a balanced scoring attack
as they tied a season high by placing five players in double figures.

Last Games
Fever: (September 11, 2015) Playing without starters Tamika Catchings and Briann January, the Indiana Fever put five players in double figures and used a key fourth quarter stretch to get past the Atlanta Dream, 75-67. Indiana scored 10 straight points after a 61-61 deadlock midway through the fourth, getting four points from rookie Natalie Achonwa and a 3-pointer from Jeanette Pohlen to spark the run. Shenise Johnson’s free throw gave the Fever their largest lead of the game, 10, with just over two minutes remaining. Shavonte Zellous led the way with 14 points in a season-high 31 minutes off the bench. Johnson followed with 13 points, while fellow starters Marissa Coleman and Lynetta Kizer chipped in 10 points apiece. Achonwa added 10 points and a season-best nine boards off the bench.

Liberty: (September 11, 2015) By virtue of locking up the top seed in the East last week, New York was able to rest some of its regular rotation players as no starter played more than 17 minutes in a 55-82 loss to the Washington Mystics on Friday night. The Liberty were held to just 32 percent shooting on the night as Washington’s victory kept them in position to leap the Fever into third place in the standings. Currently a game behind Indiana in the standings and with ownership of the tiebreaker, the Mystics could take ownership of third place with a win over Atlanta on Sunday coupled with an Indiana loss to New York on the final day of the regular season.

Indiana has won three of the four matchups this season with New York, including the last two meetings at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Overall, the Fever have won six consecutive regular season home games over the Liberty. New York’s last victory in Indianapolis came on July 23, 2013. Indiana leads the all-time series 38-22, including a 22-7 mark at home.