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Indiana has had seven different players miss time due to injury so far this season. Meanwhile, the Connecticut Sun have been without guards Renee Montgomery, top 3-point shooter Kara Lawson and reserve Tan White for some time now.
The teams, both 3-7 and a game and a half out of third place in the WNBA's Eastern Conference, will try to get well with a 7 p.m. game tonight in Indiana, the second of five meetings between the two this year.
The Sun topped the defending WNBA champion Fever 73-61 the first time they met, June 12, behind 30 points and 10 rebounds from reigning league MVP Tina Charles.
The Fever, which recently returned Tamika Catchings from an injury, has won back-to-back games over Tulsa and Seattle to snap a seven-game losing streak. Against Seattle, Catchings had 18 points, Shavonte Zellous 14 points, Karima Christmas 12 points and Jessica Breland added career highs of 10 points and 10 rebounds.
The Sun, meanwhile, defeated Tulsa 88-69 Tuesday to end a four-game losing streak. Allison Hightower had 18 points and six assists for Connecticut and Charles had 17 points and 13 rebounds. The Sun shot 51 percent.
Both Sun coach Anne Donovan and rookie Kelly Faris have ties to Indianapolis. Donovan coached the Fever during its expansion season in 2000, while Faris, who played her high school basketball in Indiana, won a state championship at the Fever's Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
- Day Staff Reports