Fever-Sky Preview


Without Elena Delle Donne, the Chicago Sky scored their fewest points in nearly two years the last time they took the court.

The club hopes her return to the starting lineup will allow it to avert a similar performance Tuesday night, when Chicago returns home trying to avoid a second loss to the Indiana Fever in four days.

Delle Donne missed her second straight game with a concussion as Chicago (13-6) fell 79-58 at Indiana on Saturday. However, the rookie, who also had to sit out the All-Star game due to the injury, is set to start against the Fever.

"Everything's back to normal and I'm finally able to play,'' she said. ''It was pretty frustrating since you don't know exactly when you're going to be able to come back. If you don't pass the tests, you get pushed back a day. But I'm glad to be cleared and healthy.''

Ranking fourth in the league with 18.2 points per game, Delle Donne was hurt going for a loose ball in an 82-78 loss at Washington on July 24. Chicago managed an 85-78 home win over the Mystics without her Friday as Sylvia Fowles scored a season-high 32 points.

The Sky, though, shot 32.8 percent Saturday on the way to their lowest scoring total since a 69-58 defeat to Connecticut on Aug. 9, 2011.

"Tough loss for us," said guard Courtney Vandersloot, who matched a season worst with five turnovers while recording one assist. "They outhustled us and outworked us. It really showed in our shots and on the scoreboard and throughout the game."

The Fever (9-10) can reach the .500 mark for the first time since splitting their first two games. Indiana's victory Saturday was its eighth in 11 contests.

Tamika Catchings finished with 17 points, 10 rebounds, five steals and four blocks as the Fever scored 16 points off of 15 Sky turnovers.

Catchings is averaging a career-best 3.2 steals and her 1.2 blocks per game are her most since averaging 1.3 as a rookie in 2002.

"I thought we did a really good job as a team of just continuing to push forward no matter what," Catchings said. "Offensively we were able to go off of our defense. That's the kind of defense that we need consistently."

Indiana also got seven points in 16 minutes from reserve Jeanette Pohlen in her first game since tearing her right ACL in Game 2 of the WNBA finals last year.

"Obviously, the nerves kicked in a little bit when I first went out there," Pohlen told the team's official website. "But I'm just so blessed, so grateful to have everybody here supporting me. I was ready. It's been a while."

The Sky won the season's first meeting 71-61 at Indiana on June 22 after having lost 14 of 15 in the series.