VIP Party a Success

May 18, 2005

Tuesday night, Fever fans got their last on-the-court look at the team before its season opener at Conseco Fieldhouse on Sunday. The Season Ticket Holder VIP Party gave fans a chance to watch the Fever practice, as well as win prizes throughout the event.

During breaks in the team’s scrimmage, fans competed in events such as a hula contest and collected prizes including signed memorabilia and gift certificates from various Fever sponsors. After the scrimmage ended, guests lined up to meet the team and get autographs.

Fans attending the event saw a team very different from last year’s squad, which finished 15-19. The Fever’s struggles last season were largely attributed to its backcourt and a lack of depth. This team however, appears much deeper and much quicker as was evidenced by Tuesday’s fast-paced and up-tempo intrasquad scrimmage.

One notable change is the return of Jurgita Streimikyte, who last played for the Fever in 2001 before returning to her native Lithuania. In April her team, Lietuvos Telekomus, advanced to the EuroLeague Final Four. Fans got their first glimpse of Streimikyte in nearly four years.

The most noticeable change in this year’s roster is the revamped backcourt. Rookie guards Tan White and Yolanda Paige have helped spark the Fever through three preseason victories. Veteran point guard Tully Bevilaqua, acquired from the Seattle Storm, gives the Fever experience and leadership at the position. Together, the backcourt trio meshed with returning guards Kelly Miller and Coretta Brown to help produce its unbeated preseason.

Fans were optimistic about the upcoming season. Tabitha Ebersole, who was been a season ticket holder since the franchise started, said of the team, “I think they’re going to do awesome. They’re playing really well together.”

- Joe Gombach