Playoff Fever Update!
August 24, 2005
The Indiana Fever has clinched the No. 2 seed in the WNBA’s Eastern Conference, and home-court advantage in the First Round of the WNBA Playoffs! Indiana is 8 games above .500 for the first time in franchise history!
Follow the Fever (20-12, 2nd place in the East) into the WNBA Playoffs!
THIS WEEK’S GAMES & PROMOTIONSSaturday, Aug. 27 vs. New York (7:00 p.m.) – Fan Appreciation Night, fans receive a team poster courtesy of Sport Graphics and WISH TV-8
Only one regular season home game remains:
FEVER IN THE STANDINGS & PLAYOFF RACE
Playoff tickets are on sale at the Conseco Fieldhouse Box Office and all Tickemaster outlets. For more information, visit FeverBasketball.com.
Indiana has clinched the second playoff berth in franchise history, and will battle the New York Liberty in the opening round of the 2005 WNBA Playoffs. Coincidentally, the Fever and Liberty also meet at Conseco Fieldhouse in the final game of the regular season, this Saturday.
As of Wednesday, Aug. 24, dates and times of all playoff games are still to be determined.
Indiana has home-court advantage in its first round series. New York will host Game 1 of the series, to be played either Tuesday, Aug. 30 or Wednesday, Aug. 31. The Fever will host the final game(s) of the best-of-three series. Game 2 at Conseco Fieldhouse will be played either Thursday, Sept. 1 or Friday, Sept. 2. Game 3 would take place on Saturday, Sept. 3 or Sunday, Sept. 4.
The Fever has won a franchise-record 20 games overall, and a franchise-record 13 games at Conseco Fieldhouse (13-2). Indiana has secured the first winning season in its six-year history.
Indiana has drawn season-high crowds in three of its past four home games, each time eclipsing 9,200 fans.
The Fever averages 8,291 fans through 16 home dates – a 9.2 percent increase in attendance from 2004.
The Fever has averaged crowds at 84 percent of the Conseco Fieldhouse WNBA capacity of 9,823.
FEVER PLAYER & COACH NEWS
Tamika Catchings is an MVP candidate in the WNBA, as well as a top contender as the Defensive Player of the Year. Last week, she was named the WNBA’s Player of the Week for the third time this season – the most by any player.
She has broken the Fever’s franchise mark for assists, and is five steals from breaking her own club record. Catchings’ 90 steals are currently third in WNBA history. Her 94 steals in 2002 are second in WNBA history. She is 10 shy of the all-time record of 100.
Catchings is the only WNBA player ranked among the league’s Top 10 in points (8th), rebounds (3rd), assists (9th) and steals (1st). She leads the WNBA with 87 steals, and is second in the league with 1.02 steals per turnover (trailing only teammate Tully Bevilaqua).
Catchings needs just three assists to break the WNBA mark of 135 assists by a forward (Swin Cash, 2004). Catchings is also within eight steals of breaking her own franchise record for steals (94 in 2002), and 14 from breaking the WNBA’s all-time record for single-season steals (100 by Teresa Weatherspoon in 1998).
Catchings has become the fastest player in WNBA history to reach each of four significant milestones: 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds, 400 assists, 300 steals. The remarkable statistic is that she accomplished all four milestones in just her FOURTH season (125 games). Previously, the fastest person to accomplish all four milestones was Sheryl Swoopes who reached her fourth milestone in her SEVENTH season (191 games).
Catchings is just the fifth player in WNBA history to reach all four milestones – and only the second to do so in less than 200 games.
Other postseason awards candidates:
- Tully Bevilaqua – Most Improved Player – Bevilaqua has surpassed her previous season-high for points (176), dating to her days as the starting point guard in Portland (153 in each of 2000 & 2001). Her season averages for points (6.1) and assists (2.6) both exceed her previous career averages (3.3 and 1.9), and she leads the league in steals-to-turnover ratio (1.26). In her last six games, she has 17 steals and just five turnovers while logging more than 30 minutes per game as the team’s point guard. Her grit, tenacity, veteran leadership and her persona on and off the court have been instrumental in solidifying the Fever’s point guard position and lifting Indiana from sixth place to second – and securing the first winning season in franchise history.
- Brian Winters – Coach of the Year – In his second year at the Fever helm, Winters has led Indiana to a dramatically-improved season, rising from sixth in the Eastern Conference in 2004, to its current position in second place – and the first winning season in franchise history. The Fever has set a franchise record for wins and currently is 8 games above .500 for the first time in its history. The Fever clinched a playoff spot with more than a week remaining in the regular season, and owns the third-best record in the WNBA. Indiana leads the WNBA in steals, steals-to-turnover ratio, and is second in the league in defense (63.4 ppg).
- Tan White – Rookie of the Year – White is fourth on the Fever in scoring with 7.2 points per game, and third in the WNBA among all rookies. Her 26 points at Seattle were the most by a WNBA rookie this season, and her 1.6 assists also are second among rookie leaders. She is also third among rookies with just under one steal per game.