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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. New York Liberty Results and Recap

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Last night the Indiana Fever played against the New York Liberty. After playing against the Washington Mystics twice in three days, the Fever hosted the New York Liberty. This was the second time the Fever played against the Liberty this year.

The game started off with an early Fever lead, 9-5, but the Liberty tied the game at 9 shortly after. There was a lot of contact in this game, more than usual, which caused Tamika Catchings to get two early fouls. The score went back and forth between the two teams with no real leader, and the score was tied at the end of the first quarter at 21.

The game continued on that was for awhile longer, as neither team were able to take a lead higher than 3. Like before, the Fever had trouble with their shooting, but Erin Philips seemed to have struggled the most. With only six points and no 3-pointers, she really struggled with the long shots. But made up for it with her amazing defence. In one incedent she missed a basket but got a steal right after and then made the basket. As the quarter continued on, the Fever picked up some momentum, took the lead, and kept the lead 42-33 at the half.

The third quarter was in the Fever’s favor as they held the Liberty to 33 points for almost four minutes. The Fever kept the lead the entire third quarter, they still struggled with their shooting but their defense kept them in the lead. Fever hold onto lead 53-48 at the end of the third.

Things started going down hill about halfway through the fourth quarter, despite the Fever’s defence the Liberty pushed past and took the lead. This is where the Fever’s struggle with their shooting really took a toll. The Fever put up a fight till the end and almost put the game into over time after two 3-pointers from Catchings. But alas the Fever were not able to pull it off and the Fever lose 77-72.

Despite the loss the Fever still had reasons to celebrate, Shavonte Zellous was announced as a reserve for the Eastern conference All-Star team for her first time!! She will join head coach Lin Dunn and teammate Tamika Catchings on the All-Star team which will play on Saturday July 27th 3:30 pm in Connecticut.

Briann January got a season high of 21 points, and Erlana Larkins got a career high 16 rebounds. Great job by both of these two players.

The Fever’s next game will be on Thursay July 25th at the Tulsa Shock.
The Fever’s next HOME game will by on August 3rd against the Chicago Sky.

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July 24, 2013 at 12:42 pm

Indiana Fever vs. Washington Mystics Results and Recap

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Last night the Indiana Fever played against the Washington Mystics, who kept the Fever on their toes the entire game. Throughout the game the Fever continuously rested Tamika Catchings due to the fact that Catchings was selected as a starter for the All-star team, congratulations Tamika!

The game started off rocky for the Fever who were not able to take a good lead in the first quarter, but held off the Mystics from getting to much of a lead. This was the first game this season that I got to watch Erin Philips play live, and oh how I’ve missed her. In the last seconds of the first quarter Philips shot a 3-pointer to lift the Fever up to only a one point deficit. Fever trail by one 19-18 at the end of the first.

As the second quarter progressed the Fever continued to fight for the lead, but neither team was able to get a leg up on the other team. Both teams had very good defense due to the fact that the score was relatively low, and the Fever led at halftime 32-31.

When the third quarter began the Fever started to lose their momentum and the Mystics took a ten point lead. At a scary point of the game, Shavonte Zellous took a hard hit and was out for the third quarter due to a bruised thigh. During this time the Fever struggled to consistently make baskets of any kind. However the Fever continued to battle back, but still the Mystics had the lead at the end of the third 62-55.

The beginning of the fourth quarter was an interesting one as the Fever fought to gain the lead, one incident caused Coach Lin Dunn and Tamika Catchings to each get a technical foul. This seemed to be the beginning of a very good thing, as everyone in attendance of the game came to life and got very very loud and involved. Then with three minutes to go Kia Vaughn of the Washington Mystics fouled out, and the Fever tied the game at 66. Afterwards the Fever kept the Mystics at bay and continued to make their shots, as the fans continued to do their job and cheered the Fever on. And the Fever win 77-70!

Some more good news for the Fever, Jeanette Pohlen is expected to fully return after the All-Star break. After injuring her knee last year during the finals Pohlen has yet to play this year. Looking forward to having her back as well.

 

The next Fever game will be Sunday July 21st in Washington against the Mystics for the second time in three days.

The next Fever HOME game will be on Tuesday July 23rd against the New York Liberty.

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July 20, 2013 at 1:10 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.