Indianapolis, Ind., – Saturday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, the Indiana Fever will take to the hardwood as they host Tina Charles and the New York Liberty.
Tip-off is set for 7 PM ET, with live coverage available on WNBA League Pass.
The Liberty (1-2) are looking to secure consecutive wins after defeating the Dallas Wings on Tuesday. The Liberty posted 94 points after a slow first quarter start in which they trailed 31-14. Tina Charles had a monster game tallying 34 points and 10 rebounds. Former Fever players Shavonte Zellous and Marissa Coleman also finished in double digits with 19 and 12 points, respectively in New York’s win. The rookie Kia Nurse has also been a solid producer averaging 14 ppg off the bench. Fans will definitely have a good matchup to look forward to as Nurse and Indiana’s Kelsey Mitchell square off.
Indiana (0-5) continues to make strides in the right direction as they look to put an end to their losing streak after dropping five games straight. In their matchup against Connecticut, Kelsey Mitchell and Candice Dupree led the scoring effort with 18 and 14 points, respectively. Fever rookie Victoria Vivians also added 13 points against the Sun. Having had time to rest after completing five games in eight days, the Fever should be ready to do work against their opponent.
Tune in Saturday on WNBA League Pass at 7 PM ET, for this matchup.
The 2017 WNBA Playoffs continue Sunday, on ESPN2 with Round 2 of single-elimination games coming your way! The Phoenix Mercury head to Mohegan Sun Arena to face the red-hot Connecticut Sun in Game 1 on ESPN2 at 3 PM ET, followed by the Washington Mystics and New York Liberty at MSG for Game 2 at 5 PM ET. For the full schedule and updated WNBA Playoff Picture click here.
WNBA Playoffs 2017 Bracket format. Courtesy photo/WNBA
ROUND 1 Single-Elimination Recap
#6 Mystics advance over #7 Wings, 86-76
#5 Mercury defeat #8 Storm, 79-69
GAME 1: #5 MERCURY VS. #4 SUN @CONNECTICUT, 3 PM ET
After making it out of the 1st-round of single-elimination games, Diana Taurasi and the #5 Phoenix Mercury, head to Connecticut to battle Jonquel Jones and the Sun. In what will be another epic match-up, Brittney Griner who dropped 23 points and 11 rebounds in Round 1, will face the sophomore forward/center, Jones who has been phenomenal this season averaging 15.4 ppg and 11.9 rpg, breaking the WNBA rebounding record at 403 rebounds (previously held by Tina Charles). Although Phoenix, a 3x league champion, has the advantage of being the more experienced team in postseason play, the Sun are a young, hungry team who just might suprise you. The winner of this game advances to a 3-of-5 semifinal against either the No. 1 Minnesota Lynx or the No. 2 Los Angeles Sparks. Tune in at 3 PM ET on ESPN2 for some WNBA action.
GAME 2: #6 MYSTICS VS. #3 LIBERTY @NEW YORK, 5 PM ET
Despite playing in the WNBA Finals four times, the #3 New York Liberty have yet to be crowned league champions. This evening, the Liberty will have a chance to advance and make their way back to said Finals, as they host the Washington Mystics at Madison Square Garden. The Mystics who advanced past the first round for the first time since 2002, are eager to make their first Finals appearance behind the leadership of Elena Delle Donne in today’s match-up. Delle Donne finished with 25 points and 11 rebounds in the Round 1 victory over Dallas, after dealing with some injuries during the regular season. It’s going to take a team effort as the Mystics prepare to keep the Liberty at bay on the glass in hopes of stopping Tina Charles and her squad. The winner will advance to a best-of-five series against the Minnesota Lynx with Game 1 at 8 PM ET Tuesday. Catch this game today at 5 PM ET on ESPN2.
The New York Liberty (17-12) head to Bankers Life Fieldhouse tonight to take on the Indiana Fever (9-21), after securing a berth to the playoffs on Sunday.
The Liberty won 70-61 Sunday, over the top ranked Minnesota Lynx. After a stellar week that saw New York win five games straight, including victories over the top three teams in the league, the Liberty are now fighting for that No. 4 seed in the playoffs against the Washington Mystics (17-12). The top four teams earn a first-round bye in the postseason. Battling for optimum position in postseason play, the Liberty look to finish the regular season strong behind the dominate game of Tina Charles. Charles was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week for the fifth time this season, and a record 26 times since joining the league back in 2010.
Indiana is headed in the wrong direction, unfortunately after dropping four games in a row–eliminating them from playoff contention; Not to mention the Fever lost yet another guard to injury. In the team’s record breaking loss on Friday against the Minnesota Lynx, the Fever were outscored 37-0 in the first half. They went on to be routed 111-52, making the 59-point margin the worst in WNBA history. This season will be the first time the franchise will not make the playoffs, after setting a league record of 12 straight postseason appearances. Indiana lost Briann January on Monday to a torn meniscus and is the third guard, joining Shenise Johnson and Tiffany Mitchell, to go out with season ending injuries. The Fever acquired rookie guard Jennie Simms from the Mystics to replace January for the remainder of the season.
Tonight, Indiana fights for pride and to avoid being swept in this season series by the Liberty. Tune in on WNBA League Pass at 7:00 p.m. ET.