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Fever Home Opener Preview and Final Roster is…

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On Saturday June 6th the Indiana Fever will host their first home game against the Minnesota Lynx, along with attempting to set a new Guinness World Record for the most people lighting a glow stick at the same time at a single venue.

This will be the Fever’s first season with new head coach Stephanie White after coach Lin Dunn retired the previous year. But White is no stranger to the team workings as she was the Fever’s assistant coach for three years before becoming head coach. When asked about her plans and changes for the upcoming season coach White says that one of the main changes will be the pace at which the game will be played, “Fast paced and quick moving” were two ways used to describe the up coming season and the way that the team would play.

Today, the Fever announced their 12-player roster. Rather than cutting a player, Shavonte Zellous has been placed on the Suspended list while she plays for the Croatian national team from June 11 – 28. When she returns, the team will have to make a hard decision about who they cut at that time. The 12 players for the Fever are:
Tamika Catchings
Erlana Larkins
Layshia Clarendon
Briann January
Briana Butler
Jeanette Pohlen
Natasha Howard
Natalie Achonwa
Marissa Coleman
Maggie Lucas
Shenise Johnson
Lynetta Kizer

The players can rest easy for now and prepare for their first game of the season against the Chicago Sky. With so many good and up-and-coming players, the Fever stand a good chance at making the playoffs again this year.


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June 4, 2015 at 9:32 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

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.

Indiana Fever vs. New York Liberty

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Today the Indiana Fever played against the New York Liberty, and I have to say that it was one of the most exciting games I have ever been to.

Katie Douglas opened up the game for us with a 3-pointer, but the Liberty were quick to take the lead afterwards. But they quickly lost it as the Fever caught up and took the lead. At the end of the first quarter the Fever lead 26-20. In the second quarter the fever kept their lead but Brian January got a sprained ankle and had to be helped off the court and did not return until the third quarter.  The Fever lead 52-43 at the half.

In the third quarter Brian January returned and helped put more points on the board before the end of the third the Fever keep the lead 66-59 but with the Liberty slowly creeping up. The Liberty continue to climb up closer and closer to tying the game, and with 4 minuets left the Liberty take the lead by one point 74-73. For the rest of the game the Fever and the Liberty were neck-and-neck for every 3-pointer the Fever made, the Liberty answered with another 3-pointer.

With the game tied at 82-82 Tamika Catchings gets 2 shots at the line and makes both of them, making the game 84-82. With just over 8 seconds the Liberty have only one play left to either tie the game or win it. And after a dropped ball and scrambling from both teams Katie Douglas ended up with the ball and the game was finished. The Fever win 84-82.The game was close at the very end but the Fever pulled through and got another win

The Fever are gettting ready to play against the Los Angeles Sparks, where former Fever player Ebony Hoffman will get to see her former teammate once again. The game will be Thursday the 12th @ 7:00 pm in Indiana. Afterwards the Fever will have a much deserved break for the 2012 Olympics in London, where Catchings will play for her final time in the Olympics.

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July 10, 2012 at 9:24 pm