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Whalen says Indiana has a lot of scorers, a lot of heart

Posted by: Roman Augustoviz under Lynx Updated: October 13, 2012 - 2:21 PM

"Thursday] you saw the three-point shooting," Lynx guard Lindsay Whalen said when asked about Indiana at practice. "They really extended Connecticut's defense. [Tamika] Catchings is such a great player. They are a great hustle team. They have great individual one-on-one players that can really penetrate and drive."

Using all those skills, the Fever beat the Sun 87-71 on the Sun's court. Indiana made nine of 12 three-points, that's a ridiculous 75 percent from behind the arc

"Briann January has had a great year, but she really had a great second half [Thursday] night.," Whalen said. "We know they have a lot of weapons that we need to focus on."

January had 12 points and four assists on Thursday.

"We played them a while ago," Whalen said, referring to Indiana. "So it is kind of good to have a little feel. They have a feel for us, so it is going to be a good series."

Whalen said she was impressed how the Fever played after guard Katie Douglas suffered an ankle injury in the first quarter. "It shows the kind of team that they are," Whalen said. "The kind of heart. Everyone does that when they know someone goes down. Everyone steps up and makes plays Give them a lot of credit for making shots, making plays and getting the job done.

"It was hard to watch that injury. Anybody who has played basketball, or any sport really, has probably had that feeling. It is a tough injury for Katie, but everyone else stepped up and played hard."

Douglas was diagnosed with a sprained ankle on Friday. She is day-to-day.


The Lynx's second consecutive appearance in the WNBA Finals shows the team has built something together, Whalen said.

"Everyone takes a ... lot of pride that we made the Finals two years in a row," she said. "We just try to play as hard as we can. And we have a lot of good people, so it has worked out really well. We know it is going to be really tough, starting on Sunday. But Indiana has come back from two elimination games. Everyone has stepped up for them.

"This is the kind of series you need to play hard. This is what it is all about, playing in the Finals. I know both teams will be ready."

Indiana had four players in double figures when the Fever lost to the Lynx 86-79 on Monday, Sept. 17, the last time the two teams played.

Tamika Catching scored 19 points, Katie Douglas 17, Briann January 14 and Jessica Davenport 13 off the bench.

Catching also had 10 rebounds and three assists.

Whalen also had a solid game, with 13 points, and two team-highs eight rebounds and six assists.

Indiana made 11 three-pointers, the Lynx nine.




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