Three-point specialist ignites Fever fans

July 28, 2009 | By Ericka Sanders

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“Tully Bevilaqua from downtown!”

That is Becky Hardy’s cue to jump from her seat, which is about four rows from the court, run up the stairs and high five every Indiana Fever fan on the way up and on the way down. Before sitting and before she’s out of breath, Hardy slaps hands with an usher and air high fives fans across the court.

Does she ever get tired?

“Yes,” she said. “Especially the game when they hit back to back to back 3s.”

Winded or not, Hardy said her three-point high five ritual is fun and she enjoys the cardio.

“It is hard on my knees,” she said with a laugh.

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A season ticket holder since day one (Hardy was present at the ArtsGarden when Indiana named the team), the Production Director for WISH-TV says the ritual started with fellow fans who sat behind her.

“It began in year one or two, and we would always high five after a 3-pointer,” she said. “Then during year three or four they moved about half way up the aisle and I still wanted to high five them, so I would run up and we’d high five. One night (as I was running) someone all the way at top said, ‘up here, up here’ so I ran all the way up top and back down.”

Several years and hundreds of three pointers later, Hardy’s legs have not given up on her, though she did have a mishap in 2003.

“I ran up for a three pointer, came back down and was about three rows from my seat when I must have stepped down wrong and I rolled my ankle,” Hardy recalls. “So I have been injured doing this, but it was worth it.”

Hardy rarely misses a game, and if she does, whichever friend sits in her seat understands the importance of the ritual. They know they are expected to run, she said.

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So why doesn’t she take at least one 3-pointer off?

“The girls are out there working hard, and it’s a little something I can do and pay them back as a fan and work hard for them,” she said. “I think people enjoy it, and that’s why I do it.”

Although Hardy has never played basketball, she’s been a fan of the game for as long as she can remember. And like most Fever fans, she’s also in the business of encouraging those who have not witnessed The Girls of Summer to see at least one game. She even purchases silent auction items, which often include 10 courtside seats and a meet and greet with a Fever player, to entice friends and co-workers to cheer on her favorite team. This year she invited a couple of guys from WISH-TV’s sales department and their kids.

“My hope is that once they see how good the ladies are, they’ll want to come back, bring their kids back and spread the word,” she said. “I think there are a lot of skeptics out there, but if they would ever come see a game, see how hard the ladies work and hustle, they’ll come back. Even John Wooden says this is better basketball.”