Fever honors All-Decade Team
What perfect timing to honor 10 players who helped to establish the Indiana Fever as one of the top franchises in the WNBA. The Fever are arguably the best team in the league, having owned the top spot nearly all season and are playing the best basketball in franchise history.
It’s always a good thing to take a look back and recognize players who helped you get your footing. The Fever hasn’t always been a team guaranteed to make the playoffs or win 21 games. The early years were tough, but thanks to patient fans, a hard working general manager, talented players and thorough coaches, Indiana is celebrating its history in the midst of a great season.
The All-Decade Team is a list of players who have left (and will leave) a positive and permanent mark on a franchise in arms reach of its first championship. They undoubtedly would not be in such a position if not for the ladies below. Selected by over 51,000 votes cast by fans during online and in-arena voting, here is the Indiana Fever’s All-Decade Team.
Age is definitely not a number when it comes to the Australian born Bevilaqua. She hustles all game, every play. She’s funny, polite and has fun. I wish she’d play forever.
Indiana’s franchise player since her arrival in 2001, Catchings is the team’s “do everything” player. A two-time Olympic gold medalist, the Tennessee grad is always knee deep in the community, holding basketball clinics, opening reading centers, giving to food banks or talking with youth about the importance of education and having a positive attitude. Her work off the court is just important as on the court.
Although she wasn’t in a Fever uniform long (only two seasons), DeForge was a great role player and made her mark with her 3-point shooting.
A Hoosier born and raised, Douglas is in her second season with Indiana and is in the running for league MVP. Feeling more relaxed this year, Douglas leads the team in scoring (17.8 points per game) and if you make her mad, she’ll make you pay.
No one deserved last season’s Most Improves Player Award more than Hoffman. Since arriving from USC in 2004, she has improved her game by leaps and bounds. She shoots the 3 very well and hits over 90 percent of her free throws. What more can you ask for in your power forward?
An eight-year veteran, Sutton-Brown has been having a great third season in Indiana. Already named Eastern Conference Player of the Week this season, she ranks sixth in WNBA history in blocked shots and last year broke the Fever single-season record with 57. She has great patience and persistence.
An icon in Indiana basketball history, the All-Decade Team would not be complete without White. She isn’t mentioned in the record books as many times as others, but her impact was felt by her leadership, high basketball IQ and obvious love for the game.
It doesn’t seem like White played in Indiana long (four seasons), but she’s all over the record books: consecutive games played, career minutes played, career points (second to Catchings), points in a quarter, ect. Needless to say, she spent a lot of time on the court accomplishing great things.
Who can forget Whitmore’s WNBA playoff record 41-point game in a loss to Detroit in 2006? When Indiana was in need of toughness, Whitmore brought it – every night. She also brought along scoring, rebounding and a never back down attitude, and I loved it.
One of the best players in women’s basketball history, it was an honor to have Williams in a Fever uniform. A consummate professional, she was one of the key players to help turn the franchise into a winning one.