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When Jeanette Pohlen last saw the court, the Indiana Fever were playing in the WNBA Finals.

The defending champions will be glad to have the sharpshooter back behind the arc as they host the Chicago Sky on Saturday night.

Pohlen, who tore her right ACL in Game 2 of last year's WNBA Finals, has made 44 percent of her three-point tries over her two-year career.

"I feel good," Pohlen told the team's official site. "I'm starting to feel back to normal really. I think it will just be getting that kind of game-like situation and endurance and everything back to normal. It's just going to take time and it's going to take that experience every day."

After becoming the first rookie to lead the league from behind the arc with her 46.8 percent clip in 2011, she made 42.1 percent - good for 11th - last year.

"Being back here just gets me excited and ready to go for the season. Once I get back, hopefully I can bring something to the team," Pohlen said. "This is my first major injury. It has been an adjustment. I think it's taught me patience."

Whether or not the Fever (8-10) need her is another question. They've won seven of 10 despite the notable absence of the injured trio of Erin Phillips, Katie Douglas and Jessica Davenport.

The Fever could have made it eight of 10, but squandered a 16-point lead in the final 11:35 of their 70-64 loss to the Connecticut Sun on Thursday, getting outscored 34-12 in that stretch.

"We just didn't execute when the game was on the line," said Shavonte Zellous, who led the team with 20 points. "Crunch time, I think we turned the ball over a couple of times. Then on defense, we didn't pay attention to our defensive assignments and it led to a couple of open shots and offensive rebounds. That's the ball game."

The contributions of players usually left out of the spotlight like Zellous and Jessica Breland have helped the Fever stay afloat. Breland, who scored just 22 points in five July contests, had 17 on Thursday to go along with seven rebounds.

Indiana could use Pohlen's scoring touch, however. The Fever rank last in the league with 69.2 points per game.

The Sky (13-5), on the other hand, have won 9 of 11 behind a high-scoring offense averaging 83.3 points over its last seven.

Even with leading scorer and rookie All-Star Elena Delle Donne out, the Sky haven't missed a beat. Sylvia Fowles reached double digits for the 10th straight time in Chicago's 85-78 victory over Washington on Friday night, scoring a season-high 32 points.

"You know, she's a beast," Chicago coach Pokey Chatman said. "Look at her toenail polish when you go in there (to the locker room). She's got that Incredible Hulk Green on."

Fowles, who made 10 of 14 at home against Washington, has made 70 of her last 111 shots from the field (63.1 percent) and ranks second in the league in field-goal percentage (57.4). She is also leads the league in rebounds per game at 11.7 after recording 15 on Friday night.

"She's one of the best in the world," Chatman said. "She's powerful, she's quick, she's fast. That's what we need her to be to have success."

Delle Donne, the second overall pick, is currently day-to-day with a concussion.

Saturday night marks the first time Chicago has played back-to-back games this season. The Sky went 2-2 in the tail end of back-to-back games in 2012.