Indiana Fever

The Indiana Fever are an American women 's basketball team in the Women's National Basketball Association based in Indianapolis, Indiana.

The Fever are the sister team to the Indiana Pacers in the NBA.

  • 2.1 Sporting achievements
  • 2.2 Individual Awards
  • 2.3 season statistics
  • 4.1 squads of the 2012 season
  • 4.2 first-round choice in the WNBA Draft Rights


Creation and start in the WNBA (2000 to 2003)

On 7 June 1999, the WNBA announced that a new franchise will be built in Indianapolis, which is to play in the WNBA already in the 2000 season. Already on 17 August 1999 appointed the Fever Nell Fortner to the first head coach and general manager in their franchise history. Fortner was known, however, that they will train the U.S. basketball team in 2000, thus it was on 20 October 1999 Anne Donovan appointed temporary head coach of the Fever for the 2000 season. On 15 December 1999 an expansion draft was held for the Fever, Storm, Fire and Sol, where each team could choose 6 players from the 12 WNBA teams according to a previously drawn by lot order. On 17 December 1999 verlautbarte the franchise that they are their team name the Fever. The team logo was also presented. In the WNBA Draft in 2000, which took place on 25 April 2000, the Fever chosen Jurgita Streimikyte (a total of 26 pick ), Usha Gilmore (a total of 42 pick ), Latina Davis ( 50th overall pick ) and Renee Robinson ( total of 58. pick ). Shortly after the Draft transferred the Fever Davis and Robinson to the Houston Comets for Latavia Coleman. On 28 May 2000, the Fever announced their squad known for their first season in the WNBA. The Fever denied her first WNBA season game on June 1 against the Miami Sol, the Fever could win with 57-54. The Fever finished their first WNBA season with 9 wins and 23 defeats, which meant the seventh and last place in the Eastern Conference.

As of the 2001 season took Fortner the post as head coach of the Fever. In the WNBA Draft 2001, Fever decided in the first round for Tamika Catchings, but due to an injury at this season could not participate. After the Fever already have won 16 of 32 games in the regular season in its second season, finally managed the Fever with Catchings support in the 2002 season made ​​it into the playoffs. However, the Fever failed already in the Conference Semifinals at the New York Liberty. Catchings was chosen after the end of this season for the Rookie of the Year. After Fortner in the 2003 season, the playoffs just missed it resigned as head coach and general manager of the Fever.

Back in the playoffs (2004 to 2007)

After Fortner resigned took Kelly Krauskopf her post as general manager and Brian Winters as the head coach. In the 2004 season, the Fever missed a place in the playoffs clear. But already in the 2005 season, won the Fever under Winters 21 of 34 others playing. Thus, the Fevers qualified for the second time in its history for the playoffs, where they won in the Conference Semifinals 2-0 against the Liberty. However, they failed in the Eastern Conference Finals clear to the Connecticut Sun. Before the start of the 2006 season, the Fever All-Star Anna DeForge picked up by the Phoenix Mercury to Indiana. Shortly after, All-Star Tamika Whitmore signed with the Fever. With this gain, the Fever started accordingly well in the 2006 season. At the end of the Fever won, as in the previous season 21 of 34 games. In the playoffs, the Fever failed already in the Conference Semifinals against the Detroit Shock. Catchings received as mentioned in the previous season, the WNBA Defensive Player of the Year Award. Furthermore, Catchings was elected team in the WNBA All- Decade. In the 2007 season, the Fever won 16 of their first 20 games. This secured them for the time being the first place in the Eastern Conference. However, Catchings injured on July 20 at the foot and missed by the remaining games in the regular season. The Fever lost without Catchings 9 of the remaining 14 games. Thus, the Fever finished the regular season in the Eastern Conference only on the 2nd place. In the playoffs, they won in the Conference Semifinals against the Connecticut Sun just 2-1, each game was decided in overtime. However, the Fever failed as in the previous season to the Detroit Shock, this time in the Eastern Conference finals 1-2.

But Repeated restructuring (since 2008)

On 26 October 2007 announced the Fever that they will not renew the contract of Brian Winters. On 12 December 2007 Lin Dunn took over the post of winter. On February 19, 2008, there was one of the biggest transfers in the history of the WNBA. The Fever Tamika Whitmore transferred and their first-round pick in the WNBA Draft 2008 on the Connecticut Sun for Katie Douglas. In the 2008 season, the Fever ranged again the playoffs, but where they failed for the third time in a row at the Detroit Shock. After this disappointing season rates announced the owners of the Indiana Pacers, that it is not financially well to the Fever. A resolution could prevent a sporty and financially successful 2009 season.

Achievements and honors

Sporting successes

The franchise was able to record his first small successes only under the leadership of Brian Winters. 2005 and 2007, managed the Fever made ​​it into the Conference Finals, where she worked on the Detroit Shock were beaten by the Connecticut Sun and two years.

Individual Awards

Defensive Player of the Year Award: The award for the most outstanding defensive player of the regular season was in 2005 and 2006 Tamika Catchings.

  • 2005 - Tamika Catchings
  • 2006 - Tamika Catchings

Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award: 2007 Tully Bevilaqua was appointed fairest player in the league.

  • 2007 - Tully Bevilaqua

Most Improved Player Award: Because Ebony Hoffman was able to increase significantly compared to the 2007 season In 2008 she received the award for the meistverbesserten player compared to last season.

  • 2008 - Ebony Hoffman

Rookie of the Year Award: After the young Tamika Catchings had to sit the entire 2001 season due to injury, she played an impressive 2002 season, which she was nominated for best newcomer of the season.

  • 2002 - Tamika Catchings

WNBA All- Decade Team: On the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the WNBA in 2006 chose fans, media, current players and coaches, the ten players who had the biggest impact on the success of the WNBA. With Tamika Catchings also a player has been selected by the Fever.

  • 2006 - Tamika Catchings

Season statistics

Note: GP = Games, W = Wins, L = Losses


On 17 August 1999, the Fever Nell Fortner appointed the first head coach and general manager of the franchise. Since Fortner coached the U.S. basketball team in 2000, Anne Donovan was appointed interim coach for the 2000 season. Under Donovan, the Fever played a good first season in the WNBA. In the 2001 season Fortner took over the helm of the franchise. Since the Fever reached under the leadership of Fortner only once the playoffs they joined in 2003 as head coach and general manager back. Then Brian Winters became the first male head coach of the franchise. Brian led the Fever regularly in the playoffs, where they were beaten despite a quality squad never went beyond the Conference Finals. When the Fever in the 2007 season, again not reached the finals was not renewed his contract. February 19, 2008 Lin Dunn was appointed the new head coach of the franchise. Under the leadership of the franchise in 2009 Dunn moved for the first time in the WNBA Finals, where the club failed 2-3 in games to the Phoenix Mercury.


Squad of the Season 2012

As of July 15, 2012

First-round choice in the WNBA Draft Rights

Since 2000, the Fever had nine draft rights in the first round of the WNBA draft. The earliest pick the Fever had to date was the second overall in 2005. The Fever decided in this Draft for Tan White, who indeed could increase over time, but still never really made ​​the breakthrough. After the 2008 season, White moved to the Connecticut Sun.

The leadership of the franchise player is Tamika Catchings, who was selected in the third position in the WNBA Draft 2001. Catchings is also the first player ever selected by the Fever in the WNBA Draft. In addition, the U.S. citizen is currently the only player of the Fever, who won the Rookie of the Year Award in its first season.

So far, the only franchise in the years 2000 and 2008 had no draft law in the first round. In the 2012 season were with Tamika Catchings, Sasha Goodlett, Briann January and Jeanette Pohlen four selected by the Fever in draft players in the squad of the club.