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Tamika Catchings To Return

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Indiana forward Tamika Catchings will return on Saturday against the San Antonia Silver Stars. After missing the season first seventeen games, Indiana star Tamika Catchings will get to play in her first game of the season, after being held out with a lower back injury.

Catchings is the Fever’s five time defensive player, their MVP, and three Olympic gold medalist. Out with a back injury that sent pains down her legs, Catchings is now ready to make her debut with her team.

Catchings has also not played with any of the teams newest players with the exception of practices, now she gets the chance to play and learn from her team, without trying to take control. Coach Lin Dunn, says that she will be keeping a close eye on how Catchings does, and if she sees anything that says that she could get even more hurt, she will not hesitate to pull her out again.

Catchings injury is similar to the one former Fever player Katie Douglas had a couple seasons ago, in which she did not play but nine games the entire season. Hopefully Catchings will make a full recovery and that she will play well in this upcoming game.

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July 3, 2014 at 4:21 pm

Indiana Fever vs. New York Liberty in Exciting Home Closer

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Last night the Indiana Fever played against the New York Liberty in an ‘edge of your seat” home ending game. Despite being behind for the majority of the game the Fever pulled off a come back win 66-63. This was also a big night for the Fever, as star player Katie Douglas was back after being gone for all but one game this season due to an injury.

The game started with a quick foul on the Fever’s side and the Liberty getting the first points with a free throw 1-0. With the help of a Douglas 3-pointer, the Fever took the lead 5-3. The Fever ended up with a few early fouls which caused the game to tie at 7 afterwards the game went back and forth with the Fever ending up on top at the end of the first quarter 17-16.

Throughout the game the Fever had trouble with with completing their baskets which gave the Liberty the chance to take advantage and pull ahead 24-19. With Tamika Catchings’ help the Fever got within a couple of points of the lead 26-24 (Liberty). As the Fever struggled with the Liberty intercepting their passes, the Liberty led at halftime 38-32.

After the halftime break the Fever seemed to get into a better, steadier rhythm, drawing fouls and making shots, soon they took the lead 48-44. All through the season the Fever have had their ups and downs with rebounds, last night there was definitely room for improvement. The Liberty led at the end of the third 51-50 after a last second foul and a free throw.

The Fever fought to take the lead after missing some of their lay ups but still making it dificult for the Liberty to score. Finally the Fever push past the Liberty 57-55. The Fever seemed to struggled a lot, they played as if they were tired, but despite that they played Fever worthy defense with fouling out Kelsey Bone and making the Liberty get a shot clock violation. The Fever held on to their lead and won 66-63. It was a game worthy of being the season home closer.

The Fever’s final game of the regular season is on Sunday September 15th @ 1:00 pm, against the Connecticut Sun in Connecticut.
Playoffs start September 19th.

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September 14, 2013 at 2:58 pm

Indiana Fever vs. San Antonio Silver Stars: Results

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Last night the Indiana Fever played against the San Antonio Silver Stars in the Fever’s first game of the 2013 season. Though the start was a little rocky for the Fever, they pulled through and won 79-64.

It was a tough start for the Fever as they struggled to get into a rhythm as three of their best players are out till mid season  The Silver Stars were ahead for the entire first quarter and the quarter ended with the Silver Stars on top 19-14. But soon the Fever got their game together and took the lead 34-30. But with a last second shot, the Silver Stars led at the half 35-34.

After the half the Fever took the lead and pulled apart, and got their biggest lead of the game of 20 points. The Silver Stars continued to give their best throughout the rest of the game but were unable to surpass the Fever again. Tamika Catchings and Shevonte Zellous led the team with contributing 19 points each and the Fever won the game 79-64.

Both teams had to play without some of their regular players. The Silver Stars were without star players Becky Hammon and Sophia Young. And the Fever were without Erin Phillips, Jessica Davenport, and Jeanette Pohlen are out till perhaps midseason due to injuries, and rookie Layashia Clarendon was unable to make it because she is graduating on Saturday the 25th (congratulations to her). But both of the teams played to the best of their ability despite not having some of their key players.

The Fever’s next game will be their home opener on Friday May 31st @ 7:00 pm against the Atlanta Dream.

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May 25, 2013 at 10:30 pm

Fever vs. Lynx Game 4 of the WNBA Finals:Results

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Last night the Indiana Fever played against the Minnesota Lynx in Game 4 of the WNBA Finals. The Fever led the Finals 2-1 after beating the Lynx in Game 3 on Friday. One more win would mean the first WNBA Championship Title for the Fever. One that was lost in the 2009 against the Phoenix Mercury, this year the Fever were determined that this was their time.

The Lynx started off with the first points of the game but the Fever answered back quickly 5-4. After that, the game went back and forth between the teams. Eventually the Fever pulled ahead 13-6. The past three games in the Finals have been very physical games and last night the referees were trying to keep the physicality to a minimum. Like in the last game they played, the Lynx had trouble with their shooting and the Fever made it very hard for Seimone Augustus to take a shot or even get her hands on the ball. The Fever led at the end of the first quarter 25-18.

The Fever did a very good job at getting the rebounds but had trouble with getting their second chances at making the shot. Though Katie Douglas was in uniform, she did not start the game, or play much in the game. Karima Christmas was in the game and did her part in getting rebounds and even got a 3-pointer for the team. With 6:22 left in the second quarter the Lynx had started to come back 33-30 (Fever), then they tied it at 38. But after being head to head with the Lynx the Fever managed to pull ahead and led at the end of the half 47-42.

On entering the third quarter the Fever take a 10 point lead 56-46, this was the biggest lead that the Fever were able to get. After that the Fever had trouble making baskets and getting rebounds. Fever lead at the end of the third quarter 63-58.

One of the biggest factors that helped the Fever was the crowd, there was so much energy from the game selling out and all of the fans were wearing red in support of the Fever. Many people were there to help support the Fever including Pacers players, Colts players, Tamika Catchings’ dad and her coach from Tennessee Pat Summit. As the game got closer and closer to the end the crowd got louder and louder. With only 3 seconds left in the game Katie Douglas went into the game and joined her teammates as the final seconds wore down from the clock, and the Indiana Fever won the WNBA Championship 87-78.

This is the Indiana Fever’s first Title in franchise history. Many people have talked about how Tamika Catchings was missing only one thing from her career: a Championship. Finally Douglas, Catchings, and Tammy Sutton-Brown have their trophy with their team. There will be a parade in celebration of the Fever’s success on Tuesday October 23rd in Downtown Indianapolis @ 12:00 pm.

Fever vs. Lynx Game 3 of the WNBA Finals:Results

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Last night the Indiana Fever played against the Minnesota Lynx in Game 3 of the WNBA Finals. The series is tied 1-1, Bankers Life Field house sold out, and the Fever fans wore red in support of the Fever, it was an amazing sight to be seen. The Fever again had to ply with out star player Katie Douglas who was still out with a badly sprained ankle, when she tried to play before the game, she shook her head no, it was not ready yet. Jeanette Pohlen was also out for the Fever due to a torn ACL in her left knee she from  the last game against the Lynx, she is out for the rest of the finals. Both were on the side line cheering on their teammates, and wearing red.

The game started with the first points going to the Lynx, but the Fever were quick to respond and the game went back and forth. Though it was close, the Lynx took the lead 12-8. Shortly after that the Fever took the lead with the help of two steals in a row 15-12. The Fever did a really good job with defending the Lynx making it almost impossible to get close to the basket. Also making it easier for the Fever to steal the ball. The Lynx went for four minutes without scoring a single point, soon after that the first quarter ended with the Fever on top 21-16.

The Lynx had a rough time making shots and missing the rebounds, which was surprising because they were the top defensive and rebounding team of the WNBA in the regular season. Because of that the Fever pulled ahead and lead at the half 45-27. In the first half the Lynx only had one assist, they were also the number one team for assists in the regular season.

In the third the Lynx still had not  found their rhythm and the Fever led by 30 at one point. Needless to say the Fever kept leading at the end of the third 70-38. The largest Finals gap of victory is held by the L.A. Sparks who beat Chicago back in 2001, that was a 28-point win.

By the fourth quarter the Fever were exhausted and were starting to have trouble with their shooting, but they still held off the Lynx from scoring. And the Fever wrapped up the game and won 76-59. One of the Fever’s star players was Shavonte Zellous, not a big shooter for the Fever but made a huge difference with her 30 points (a career high) and encouraging her team throughout the game.

The Fever now lead the series 2-1 and one more win will win the WNBA Finals. The next game will be on Sunday October 21st at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indiana the game will be shown on ESPN2 @ 8:00. Fans again are encouraged to wear red in support of the Fever. One of the reasons for the sell out game was thanks to the Indiana Pacers for providing 4,000 tickets to give away to fans. The Indianapolis Colts did that on Saturday the 20th as well with giving away 2,500 tickets and will also be attending the game on Sunday. Different Indiana teams are coming together to cheer on fellow teams in their road to victory. This next game for the Fever will deffinately be one to watch.

Fever vs. Lynx Game 2 of the WNBA Finals: Results

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Last night the Indiana Fever played against the Minnesota Lynx in game 2 of the WNBA Finals in Minnesota. The Fever lead the series (best of 5) 1-0. This is the last game in Minnesota unless a game 5 is required.

Tamika Catchings got the first points of the game but it took them 1:30 to get it. The Lynx were quick to get the lead 6-4 and the game went back and forth between the two teams. In the first half both of the teams were having trouble with their shooting, but despite that the Fever got on top for the first half 18-11.

In the second quarter the Fever picked up their shooting and got a 10-point lead on the Lynx 23-13. The game was turned out to be a very rough game many players ended up on the floor from either a shove or a trip, Jeanette Pohlen injured her left knee and was not able to play for the rest of the game. It was a very physical game and Lynx player Lindsay Whalen got in early foul trouble with 3 fouls before the half. As rough as this game was the Lynx caught up and the Fever start to have trouble holding them off. But the Fever prevailed and barely stayed on top at the end of the half 33-31.

After the break the Lynx took their first lead (36-35) since back in the first quarter (9-8). But the Fever were quick to come back and they tied the game at 44. Then the game goes back and forth between the teams. The Lynx are soon in foul trouble and some of their star players have 3 fouls. A technical foul was called on the Lynx’s coach Cheryl Reeve after she ripped off her jacket and yelled at the refs, soon afterwards Whalen got called for a technical as well. But that just seemed to encourage the Lynx to play harder and they did as well as took the lead at the end of the third 60-55.

Things just went downhill from there for the Fever as they did not score for 4:30, and Pohlen out for the rest of the game and Katie Douglas at home because of a sprained ankle, they were lacking some people who could throw the 3-pointers that they really needed. During that time the Lynx took a 14-point lead 73-59 and didn’t look back. The Fever were unable to overcome the Lynx in the end, and the Fever lose 83-71.

Game 3 will be in Indiana on Friday October 19th @ 8:00. It will also be aired on ESPN2. With the series tied at 1-1 both teams need 2 more wins in order to win the WNBA Finals.

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October 18, 2012 at 12:04 pm

Fever vs. Lynx Game 1 of WNBA Finals: Results

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Last night the Indiana Fever played against the Minnesota Lynx in Game 1 of the WNBA Finals in Minnesota. This is the second trip to the finals from both teams, Indiana made it back in 2007 but lost, and Minnesota made it only last year and won. Minnesota is hoping to have back-to-back Titles, and Indiana is trying to win their first Title. This is a really good match up this year.

The Fever were without one of their star shooters Katie Douglas, who stayed back in Indy due to a badly sprained ankle in their last game against the Connecticut Sun. Despite their set back the Fever took the  lead 7-3. But the Lynx tied the game up 14-14, the Lynx took the lead 17-16 but was not able to keep that lead and the Fever were back on top and remained on top at the end of the first quarter 25-20.

The Lynx were having difficulties with their shooting and it was really affecting them as the Fever pulled away more as time went on. All of the Fever players stepped up and played their very best against the WNBA’s top team. Closer to the end of the half the Lynx were starting to catch up a bit but the Fever held them off and had the lead at the end of the first half 43-40.

One of the problems that helped the Lynx catch up was the Fever’s trouble with rebounding. The Lynx are one of the top leading teams in rebounding, so in order for the Fever to continue to have the lead, is to out rebound the Lynx. In the third quarter the Fever were starting to get into trouble as the Lynx went on a 8-0 streak and tied the game @ 50. After that Lynx took the lead for only the second time since their lead (17-16) and the Lynx have the lead at the end of the third 58-56.

At the beginning of the fourth quarter the game went back and forth between the two teams and were separated by only two points. The Lynx were the top defensive team in the WNBA in the regular season. So in order for the Fever to win they would have to beat their defense first. Finally the Fever managed to pull ahead 65-61. As the game went on both teams got more physical and the game got more intense. But in the end the Fever came up on top and won the game 76-70.

Tamika Catchings did a good job in the game but struggled near the end, but throughout the game she showed great strength and leadership with getting 20 points for her team. Erlana Larkins played a big part in the game with 16 points and 15 rebounds. With several major blocks and steals she was an important player for the Fever.

The Fever now lead the series 1-0. Game 2 will be on Wednesday in Minnesota again @ 8:00 on ESPN. If the Fever continue to play like they did last night they stand a good chance at winning the WNBA Finals.

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October 15, 2012 at 5:36 pm