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Written by Abigail Hull   
Thursday, 20 December 2007

HISTORY:

The Indiana Fever joined the WNBA in 2000, when the state was granted an expansion franchise to coincide with the opening of Conseco Fieldhouse.  The team home jerseys are white with blue and yellow strips/trim from the neck down the side. Fever is written in red across the front and on the back the player name is written in all dark blue under the number also in red trimmed in dark blue. The road jerseys are dark blue with yellow and white trim/strips. Indiana is written on the front in red with white trim and on the back the number is in red with white trim with the player's name underneath in all white. Each jersey has the Fever's alternate logo at the top on the back.  The color codes are Red (PMS 186), Blue (PMS2 282) and Gold (PMS 123).

In their first two seasons, they were coached by women's basketball legends Anne Donovan and Nell Fortner. Led by center Kara Wolters, in their inaugural campaign the team posted a record of 9-23.  Anne Donovan left the Fever to coach the Charlotte Sting in 2001.

The Fever drafted University of Tennessee star Tamika Catchings in the 2001 WNBA Draft. The Fever went into the year with high expectations of a playoff berth, but Catchings tore her ACL during a college game and missed the entire WNBA season. The Fever posted a 10-22 record in 2001.

After missing the entire 2001 season, the 2002 season proved to be the breakout season for Tamika Catchings and the Fever. Catchings came out strong and became one of the most versatile players in the WNBA, easily winning Rookie of the Year honors as well as making the WNBA All-Star team. Her team competed well all year and would post a respectable 16-16 record, tying for the final playoff spot with the Orlando Miracle. Indiana would win the tiebreaker and earn their first playoff appearance in franchise history. They drew the #1 seed in the playoffs, the Liberty.  The Fever lost two games to one.

The 2002-2003 offseason brought changes to the Fever. The team added Olympian Natalie Williams and Charlotte Sting star Kelly Miller before the 2003 season. During the offseason the original coach and GM Nell Fortner would resign. Kelly Krauskopf would replace Fortner as GM and immediately hire Brian Winters to be the head coach. On May 29, 2003 the Fever registered their first sellout of 18,435 and defeated the Washington Mystics on national television. The team would do better under the new coaching, but missed the playoffs, posting a 16-18 record.

The 2004 campaign was very similar to 2003's. The Fever finished with a 15-19 record. They missed the playoffs by one game in the Eastern Conference.

The Fever had their best season since joining the league in 2005, posting a 21-13 record, and made the playoffs for the second time. In the first round, the Fever would sweep the New York Liberty two games to none, earning their first playoff series victory in franchise history. In the Eastern Conference Finals, the Fever would face the heavily favored Connecticut Sun. Game 1 came down to the final seconds when Katie Douglas hit a crucial three to win the game for the Sun. Game 2 went going into overtime, with the Sun winning in overtime, to sweep the Fever.

In the 2005-2006 offseason, the Fever would acquire All-Star Anna DeForge from the Phoenix Mercury in exchange for Kelly Miller. Later that offseason the Fever made another All-Star addition by signing free agent Tamika Whitmore from the Los Angeles Sparks. In the 2006 WNBA Draft they selected athletic swing-forward La'Tangela Atkinson from the North Carolina Tar Heels along with Kasha Terry from the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets.

The Fever started the 2006 season off at 4-0 and jumped out to an early lead in the Eastern Conference standings. Teammates Tamika Catchings and Tully Bevilaqua led the league in steals 1 and 2 respectively, the first time teammates led the league in a statistical category. The Fever posted a 21-13 record, making the playoffs for the second year in a row. In the first round, the Fever would face Detroit. Detroit won Game 1 in Indianapolis. Game 2 was in Detroit, and was a high scoring affair with Tamika Whitmore scoring a WNBA Playoff record 41 points. Detroit won in the end, 98-83 to sweep the Fever.

Going into the 2006-2007 off-season, the Fever looked to improve their post play. In the Dispersal Draft, the Fever would add veteran forward Sheri Sam from the Charlotte Sting. Kelly Krauskoft and the front office then set their eyes on key Free Agent Center Tammy Sutton-Brown, signing her on March 22, 2007. The Fever would also select 6-7 center Alison Bales from Duke University in the 2007 WNBA Draft to go along with Sutton-Brown.

Going into the 2007 season, the Fever had their eyes set on the WNBA Finals. They started off the season strong, winning 16 out of their first 20 games, which was the best 20 game start in history of the Eastern Conference. Then on July 20th key player, Catchings, would injure her foot and would miss the rest of the regular season. The injury was later revealed as a partial tear of her plantar fascia. The Fever would finish 5-9 without Catchings. They managed to win the #2 seed in the Eastern Conference Playoffs, beating out the Connecticut Sun whom they played in the first round of the playoffs. Game 1 in Connecticut was an epic battle, going three overtimes with the Sun hanging on to win Game 1, 93-88. The Fever would win Game 2 at home by double digits forcing a decisive Game 3. In game 3, the Fever would find themselves down by 22 points late halfway through the 3rd quarter. The Fever battled back to win Game 3 in overtime by the same score as Game 1 93-88. The 22-point comeback was the largest comeback in WNBA Playoff history. In the Eastern Conference Finals, the Fever played their other Eastern Conference rival, the Detroit Shock. The Fever would grab an early lead in the series, winning Game 1 at Conseco Fieldhouse. With the team just 1 game away from the WNBA Finals the Fever traveled to Detroit. In Game 2, the game would be close until the 2nd quarter, when the Shock would blow the game wide open with a 14-0 run and then Detroit easily won the game. In game 3 the Fever would start off the game with an early 17-3 lead. Then late in the first half Catchings went down with another injury. This time she had completely tore her Achilles tendon. The Shocked ended up winning Game 3, 85-61.

On October 26, 2007 The Fever announced that they have declined the option for head coach, Brian Winters. Ending his four year tenure as Head coach. He compiled a 78-58 regular season record with a 5-7 playoff record.

On December 12, 2007  Lin Dunn was named as Head coach.

In one of the biggest trades in WNBA History the Fever traded Tamika Whitmore and their first-round pick in the 2008 WNBA Draft for Indianapolis native, Katie Douglas on February 19, 2008

LOCATION:

The Fever play at Conseco Fieldhouse.  The team offices located at 1 Conseco Court, 125 S. Pennsylvania Street, Indianapolis IN 46204

For media inqueries, please contact Kevin Messinger at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or call (317)917-2844.

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TICKETS:

For more information about tickets please call (317)917-2500.

Visiting fans will find seats behind the visitor's bench in section 6. 

 

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Indiana Fever Games are broadcasted on FSN-Indiana and on WIBC 1070-AM

The team website can be found here


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