Dream 86

(2-0, 1-0 away)

Fever 77

(1-1, 0-1 home)

    7:00 PM ET, May 31, 2013

    Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN

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    ATL 23 23 25 1586
    IND 21 26 14 1677

    Top Performers

    Atlanta: A. McCoughtry 29 Pts, 9 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

    Indiana: T. Catchings 20 Pts, 7 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Blk

    Dream-Fever Preview


    Picking up where they left off, the reigning WNBA champion Indiana Fever looked mighty formidable in their season opener.

    The Atlanta Dream thrived in their first game, too.

    Set to receive their championship rings, the Fever host the Dream in a rematch of last year's conference semifinals Friday night.

    After getting past Atlanta and Connecticut to reach the WNBA finals, Indiana (1-0) took three of four from Minnesota to win its first title. The Fever are looking forward to reliving their championship run during Friday's pregame ring ceremony.

    "It's going to be awesome. I know our fans our excited," guard Briann January said. "I'm so excited to see our banner drop. I was excited to see our Eastern Conference banner (from 2009) hanging up there, and this is that next step up that we were trying to accomplish. ... I've been waiting for this since we won the game."

    Indiana began its title defense in impressive fashion last Friday, cruising to a 79-64 win at San Antonio. Tamika Catchings and Shavonte Zellous each had 19 points and Katie Douglas added 18 as the Fever outscored the Silver Stars 46-16 in the paint.

    "I think it was about us executing, taking our time, and seeing the reads," Douglas said.

    Coach Lin Dunn is hoping to see her team come out with a similar effort against the Dream, even with all of Friday's pregame hoopla.

    "It's just another reminder of the successes we had last year," she said. "It'll be an emotional moment I'm sure, and I think that's going to be my challenge -- how do we handle a banner ceremony and a ring ceremony and then get refocused for a very, very good opponent.

    "You like to look back and you like to reminisce, but we have to get refocused on the moment, and the moment is Atlanta."

    The Dream (1-0) are also off to a good start after easily getting by Tulsa 98-81 on Saturday. Tiffany Hayes scored a team-high 21 points off the bench and Sancho Lyttle added 18 and 10 rebounds.

    Atlanta held a 58-34 scoring edge in the paint and a 41-31 rebounding advantage. The Dream shot 52.8 percent and limited the Shock to 37.5.

    "Considering it was our first game, I thought it was really impressive," said Angel McCoughtry, who scored 16 points. "It looked like we've been here with everybody for a while.

    "I was very proud of how the girls played. It was very good chemistry today, and the thing is we still can get better. I'm looking for a great season."

    A repeat performance could be hard to come by at Indiana, where Atlanta dropped three of four last year -- including the playoffs.

    The Fever are looking to win a third straight home opener.