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The Associated Press

The Indiana Fever continue to struggle, and the injury-plagued WNBA champions will have to continue fighting through the tough times without Katie Douglas and Jessica Davenport.

Others, like Tamika Catchings, have had plenty of success against the Chicago Sky, though.

Indiana seeks a seventh straight win in the series as Chicago looks to avoid a fourth consecutive road defeat Saturday night.

The Fever (1-5) have battled multiple injuries and have looked nothing like the team that won last season's title. Guards Erin Phillips (torn right meniscus) and Jeanette Pohlen (torn left ACL) have been out, while Douglas has missed four games with a bulging disc in her lower back.

The team announced Friday that Davenport will miss the rest of the season with a stress fracture of her left tibia. Douglas, who averaged 17.5 points in the two games she played, is expected to miss several more weeks for extra rest and therapy.

Catchings and Shavonte Zellous have done their best to keep Indiana afloat, though the Fever fell 64-60 to Washington on Sunday. Zellous scored 17 points and Catchings added 16 for the Fever, who rank last in the WNBA at 68.7 points per game.

"We put ourselves in a position to win the game even though we didn't get over the hump," Catchings said.

Catchings leads the team with 18.2 points per game, but the play of Zellous in Douglas' absence has impressed coach Lin Dunn. She's averaged 18.2 points over the last six games.

"(Zellous) is probably our best perimeter player as far as just looking for her shot and being ready to take it," Dunn said. "She's not getting out of whack. She's not going too fast. She's not forcing the situation. She kind of has a calmness about her that just comes from experience."

Zellous is aware, though, that Catchings and Douglas, when healthy, are going to get the majority of the touches.

"At the end of the day, this is still Katie's and Catch's team," Zellous said. "But right now, we're down a few of our star players. I just give credit to my teammates for finding me and giving me the ball."

In her third season with Indiana, Zellous has been around for a good portion of the team's success versus Chicago, though Catchings has experienced all of it. The Fever are 24-5 against the Sky, including a five-game sweep last season.

Chicago (4-3) has dropped three straight road games and has lost three of four overall after its 3-0 start. It fell 83-74 at Tulsa on Thursday despite the return of Epiphanny Prince, who scored 13 points after missing the previous three while playing for the Russian national team.

Sylvia Fowles finished with 17 points and 12 rebounds while rookie Elena Delle Donne added 14 points.

"They were more physical and had us on our heels,'' coach Pokey Chatman said after her team committed 15 turnovers. "They beat us in the toughness areas. If there was a loose ball, they were getting it. They played hard.''

Fowles averaged 18.4 points versus Indiana last season.

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