Atlanta at Indiana

By MATT BEARDMORE, STATS Writer Monday, Oct 1, 2012 Kickoff: 7:00 pm EDT Tue Oct 2, 2012

Home court hasn’t been much of an advantage in the Eastern Conference semifinals between the Indiana Fever and Atlanta Dream.

League leading scorer Angel McCoughtry is confident that will continue Tuesday night in the deciding Game 3, and she has plenty of reason to feel that way after her performance in last postseason’s series-clinching win at Indiana.

Winners of seven of eight at home entering their eighth consecutive postseason appearance, the second-seeded Fever lost their home-court edge in Game 1, falling 75-66. Indiana won by an average of 11.0 points in Atlanta’s two regular-season visits.

After shooting 40.0 percent in Game 1, Indiana made 53.1 percent (34 of 64) of its shots in Sunday’s 103-88 victory over Atlanta, which had won its last five regular-season home games. The Fever had six players in double-figure scoring for the first time in 2012.

“Indiana came out firing and some shots they didn’t hit in Game 1 they hit in this game,” said Dream coach Fred Williams, whose team is 6 for 27 from 3-point range this series.

Atlanta could improve its chances of knocking out the Fever for the second straight season if it can slow down Briann January and Tamika Catchings. January scored 11 of her 24 points in the third quarter Sunday while Catchings poured in 18 points in the fourth

Updated Monday, Oct 1, 2012

Team Comparison

Team Record Standings Road/Home vs. Conf. Streak L10
Atlanta 19-15 3rd East Road 8-9 12-10 Lost 1 7-3
Indiana 22-12 2nd East Home 13-4 15-7 Won 2 6-4

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