Fever clinches top seed and regular season East title
INDIANAPOLIS – Despite its loss the Sacramento Monarchs on Saturday, the Indiana Fever clinched the first regular season conference title in franchise history when the second-place Atlanta Dream fell in double-overtime at Seattle late last night. By clinching the top seed in the WNBA’s Eastern Conference, Indiana has secured homecourt advantage throughout the first two rounds of the WNBA Playoffs.
Indiana will open its best-of-three game Eastern Conference Semifinal series on Sept. 16 or 17, on the road. The Fever will host Game 2 of the series, Sept. 18 or 19, and if necessary, Game 3, Sept. 20 or 21. Likewise, if Indiana advances past the first round, the Fever would host the deciding Games 2 and 3 of the best-of-three game Eastern Conference Finals. Eastern Conference Finals dates are Sept. 23, 25 and 26. WNBA Finals games begin Tuesday, Sept. 29, launching a best-of-five game series between playoff champions from the East and West.
Tickets for the Eastern Conference Semifinals are on sale now at FeverBasketball.com, the Conseco Fieldhouse Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets or by calling (317) 239-5151. Indiana’s first home playoff game will be a Lucas Oil Family Night presented by The Indianapolis Star. With each ticket purchased, fans will receive a voucher redeemable for a free hot dog, chips, a soft drink and a T-shirt. A minimum purchase of four game tickets is required, beginning at $15 per seat.
Guaranteed the East’s top seed for the first time in franchise history, the Fever remains in the hunt for homecourt advantage throughout the duration of the WNBA Playoffs. At 20-8, Indiana currently leads Western Conference leader Phoenix who is 20-9. Coincidentally, the Fever hosts the Mercury next Wednesday, Sept. 2, in what has been billed as a possible preview of the WNBA Finals. Indiana beat Phoenix 90-83, in Arizona, on Aug. 8.
Final pairings, dates and times will not be determined until the conclusion of the regular season, Sept. 13.
The Indiana Fever celebrates its 10th anniversary season in 2009 and hosts the Phoenix Mercury on Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2009 (7:00 p.m.). Led by five time WNBA All-Star and two-time Olympic gold medalist Tamika Catchings, Olympic silver medalist Tully Bevilaqua, 2008 WNBA Most Improved Player Ebony Hoffman and two-time WNBA All-Stars Katie Douglas and Tammy Sutton-Brown, the Fever bids for its fifth consecutive playoff appearance in 2009. Season tickets are available at FeverBasketball.com, or by calling (317) 917-2500. Live video for all Indiana Fever games can be obtained via WNBA LiveAccess by visiting FeverBasketball.com.