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WNBA : ATS Matchup
Monday 10/8/2012Line$ LineOU LineScore




CONNECTICUT (28 - 9) at INDIANA (24 - 14)
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Monday, 10/8/2012 8:00 PM
Eastern Conference Finals - Best of 3 - Game 2 - Conn Leads 1-0
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CONNECTICUT - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games28-9+9.217-2018-1880.839.243.1%
Road Games14-4+13.610-87-1178.737.241.9%44.375.638.242.5%42.5
Last 5 Games5-0+54-11-476.234.445.3%
Division Games21-4+12.213-1211-1380.438.745.3%
CONNECTICUT Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)80.839.230-6943.1%6-1635.7%16-1982.7%431017168143
vs opponents surrendering77.138.228-6643.2%6-1735.1%14-1976.4%421017178154
Team Stats (Road Games)78.737.229-6841.9%6-1736.1%15-1881.4%441116167143
Stats Against (All Games)76.137.229-6942.3%6-1833.5%12-1675.0%431017198143
vs opponents averaging75.837.828-6642.5%6-1734.7%13-1875.6%421016188154
Stats Against (Road Games)75.638.229-6942.5%6-1734.7%11-1573.6%421018178133

INDIANA - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games24-14+3.321-1717-2078.238.742.0%40.572.735.442.8%41.8
Home Games14-5+2.111-810-881.743.344.0%39.872.135.343.0%41.2
Last 5 Games3-2+1.23-21-479.838.245.8%44.872.237.440.0%37.8
Division Games17-9+5.616-1013-1279.039.343.2%40.072.736.242.4%41.8
INDIANA Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)78.238.727-6542.0%8-1939.3%16-2080.3%401016179134
vs opponents surrendering77.438.229-6642.9%6-1735.2%14-1976.4%421017189154
Team Stats (Home Games)81.743.329-6544.0%8-2041.6%16-1981.7%401016169135
Stats Against (All Games)72.735.427-6442.8%5-1533.2%13-1776.1%421114197165
vs opponents averaging76.93829-6742.9%6-1733.7%14-1875.8%431017188154
Stats Against (Home Games)72.135.328-6543.0%5-1435.3%11-1673.6%411114208165
Average power rating of opponents played: CONNECTICUT 70.3,  INDIANA 71.1
CONNECTICUT - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
8/30/2012@ SAN ANTONIO84-73W7W159.5U28-7736.4%48829-6643.9%4716
9/2/2012@ ATLANTA80-87L2.5L158O30-7042.9%381333-7444.6%5012
9/4/2012@ WASHINGTON77-70W-8L151U28-6443.7%471929-6842.6%3614
9/12/2012@ PHOENIX100-78W-5.5W165.5O33-7444.6%381426-6440.6%5316
9/14/2012@ LOS ANGELES82-93L6.5L165O29-7240.3%441935-6851.5%4116
9/16/2012@ SEATTLE60-58W-8L147.5U23-6933.3%391224-5543.6%4223
9/27/2012NEW YORK65-60W-9.5L154U27-6640.9%471320-7726.0%5212
9/29/2012@ NEW YORK75-62W-4W151.5U28-6543.1%511327-6541.5%3110
10/8/2012@ INDIANA              

INDIANA - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
8/30/2012@ NEW YORK76-63W-4W149.5U27-6144.3%34828-6046.7%4021
9/5/2012@ ATLANTA64-71L4.5L157.5U23-6137.7%331628-6841.2%4914
9/7/2012@ SAN ANTONIO82-78W4.5W153.5O27-6740.3%451329-6842.6%3910
9/17/2012@ MINNESOTA79-86L5.5L151.5O31-7143.7%361130-6347.6%4114
9/19/2012@ CONNECTICUT67-73L5.5L154U25-7035.7%361028-5947.5%4217
9/21/2012@ WASHINGTON66-53W-4.5W142.5U23-6535.4%531622-6533.8%3815
9/30/2012@ ATLANTA103-88W6W150O34-6453.1%481729-7140.8%4018
10/5/2012@ CONNECTICUT64-76L4L150.5U24-6338.1%36825-5743.9%3912
CONNECTICUT: (Source: WNBA.com) One season in the books has given this team a chance to learn each others tendencies on the court. 2010 Rookie of the Year Tina Charles is bound to have another stellar season and the added growth of Kelsey Griffin and Alison Hightower should also provide a nice boost from the bench. Acquiring Kalana Greene as part of a Draft Day move could pay dividends by season's end.
INDIANA: (Source: WNBA.com) Tamika Catchings is easily one of the most exciting players to watch. Whether she's attacking the basket on offense or smothering the opposition on defense, there's one prevailing element to her game: she wants to win. As a top MVP candidate for the past two seasons, Catchings will once again be the focal point of this squad, while Katie Douglas and Tangela Smith provide some firepower as well. Briann January's starting role at the point will play a significant part in this team's success.
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Connecticut (25-9) at Indiana (22-12), 8:00 p.m. EDT

The Eastern Conference finals features a matchup of the last two WNBA MVPs, with Tina Charles and the Connecticut Sun winning the series opener.

Indiana Fever coach Lin Dunn likely is banking on Tamika Catchings having a better performance to help back her bold prediction for Game 2.

The visiting Sun look to return to the WNBA finals for the first time in seven years Monday night by sweeping the Fever, who hope to send the series back to Connecticut for a decisive third game.

Charles averaged 18.0 points and a league-high 10.5 rebounds in the regular season while leading Connecticut to the East's top seed and capturing the MVP in only her second season.

She scored 18 points, grabbed 15 rebounds and added four blocks to guide the Sun to a 76-64 win over Indiana in Game 1 on Friday. She had 10 points and six rebounds in the third quarter to help break open a game that was tied at 30 at halftime.

Kara Lawson scored 16 points and Tan White added 13 for Connecticut, which has won eight of nine.

"In the second half I just wanted to set the tone, just getting on the (offensive) boards as much as I could to score," Charles said.

Catchings, the 2011 MVP, struggled for the Fever, as Asjha Jones held her to seven points and 2-of-14 shooting.

"Defense is always my priority," said Jones, who also scored 11 points. "Guarding her was my main focus, trying to stay between her and the basket."

Coach Mike Thibault said shutting down Catchings was a main factor in the Sun taking the upper hand in the series.

"We just made her work to catch the ball, and made her uncomfortable when she caught it," Thibault said. "Asjha, I thought, did a terrific job. It was a key matchup."

Connecticut looks to complete the sweep in order to return to the WNBA finals for the first time since 2005 - the second straight year the Sun lost in the finals. Dunn, though, sees things going a different way in Game 2.

"We're going to take away five of those second-chance points (for the Sun)," Dunn said. "We're going to get four or five more of our shots. We're going to get to the free-throw line two or three more times and we're going to win the second game."

If Catchings again struggles in her bid to extend Indiana's season, Dunn may need Katie Douglas to have another solid game to support that prediction.

Douglas, who spent her first seven seasons with the Connecticut franchise, scored a game-high 27 points while hitting 11 of 19 shots, including 5 of 10 from 3-point range.

"I like it here in Connecticut," Douglas said. "I'm very comfortable with the rims, the floor, the lighting, you know, everything that a shooter kind of needs."

Douglas, who scored 24 points Tuesday to help Indiana eliminate Atlanta, hopes to help the Fever force a decisive Game 3 back in Connecticut on Thursday.

The Fever haven't appeared in the WNBA finals since falling to Phoenix in five games in 2009.

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