#Fever15 Moments: 40th Anniversary of Title IX

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The Date: June 21, 2012

The Indiana Fever celebrated the 40th anniversary of Title IX with a record-setting performance in a 95-61 win over the Connecticut Sun.

Title IX, the historic federal legislation which was co-authored by former Indiana Senator Birch Bayh, ensured equality for women across all educational platforms, including sports. It was signed into law June 23, 1972. Before the game against Connecticut, the Fever honored Bayh along with key women who have helped shape the landscape in many different fields both before and during the game.

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Several of the women honored had local ties, including Judge Sarah Evans Barker, the first female federal judge in Indiana, appointed by Ronald Reagan in 1984; Katherine Davis, the 48th lieutenant governor of Indiana and the first woman to serve in that office; Sue Anne Gilroy, Indiana’s first female secretary of state; and Myra Selby, the first female and first African-American to serve as an associate justice on the Indiana Supreme Court.

Also among the honorees was Ann Meyers Drysdale, the vice president of the Phoenix Mercury, who broke ground by signing an NBA free agent contract with the Indiana Pacers in 1979 and was the second woman to receive a 4-year athletic scholarship at UCLA (1976-79). She was also a member of the first U.S. women's national basketball Olympic team, earning a silver medal in Montreal in 1976.

Before the game, Bayh, Meyers, Fever head coach Lin Dunn, each of the four local honorees conducted a pregame seminar. The Fever offered a special ticket package where anyone who purchased a ticket for the pregame event also donated a ticket for a young girl from Girls Inc. of Greater Indianapolis to attend a future Fever game.

Also taking place during the salute event was a silent auction to benefit the Women’s Fund of Central Indiana, the key funding organization designed specifically to improve the lives of women and girls in Indiana. Available for auction were nine different items including autographed items courtesy of Lin Dunn, Ann Meyers, Pat Summitt, Lisa Leslie, and a Tamika Catchings photo with First Lady Michelle Obama.

After all the historic festivities, the Fever put together an historic performance on the court, The Fever hit nine 3-pointers in the first half, a new franchise mark, jumping out to a 27-point halftime lead. They finished with a franchise-record 15 3-pointers as part of a 34-point victory.

"We came out blazing in the first two quarters,” Fever guard Katie Douglas said after the game. “I think it was the most fun we've had as far as playing together and playing almost a complete game."

Added head coach Lin Dunn: "It was by far the best game we've played this year."

Six different players made 3-pointers for the Fever, with Briann January and Jeanette Pohlen leading the way with four each. January set a new career high with 20 points and six Fever players scored in double figures for just the fourth time in franchise history.

Erin Phillips added three 3-pointers. Douglas hit two threes, becoming the fifth player in WNBA history to make 600 career 3-pointers. Tamika Catchings and Shavonte Zellous each hit one attempt from downtown.

All in all, June 21, 2012 was an incredible night for Fever fans and fans of women's sports in general. Title IX paved the way for so many female athletes to get the chance to compete on a higher level, so it was only fitting that the Fever put on such an incredible display on the very night the franchise celebrated the 40th anniversary of the historic legislation.

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