#Fever15 Moments: Fever Acquire Stephanie WhiteTweet
The Date: December 15, 1999
Before their inaugural season, the Fever made a move to bring local star Stephanie White back to her home state.
White had starred at Seeger Memorial High School, averaging 36.9 points and 13.1 rebounds per game her senior year (1995), when she was named Miss Basketball and national player of the year. White’s 2,869 career points rank second all-time in state history behind only Shanna Zolman (3,085).
From there, White went on to an All-American career at Purdue. As a senior, she averaged 20.2 points and 4.5 assists per game while earning the 1999 Wade Trophy as the national college player of the year. Playing alongside fellow Indiana native and future Fever star Katie Douglas, White led Purdue to its first NCAA title and finished second in school history in points and assists.
The Charlotte Sting drafted White in the second round of the 1999 WNBA Draft (21st overall). As a rookie, White played in 30 games for the Sting, starting five, and averaging 5.3 points and 1.7 assists per game.
After playing her rookie season, the Miami Sol initially selected White in the WNBA Expansion Draft. But Indiana made a trade later that night with Miami, acquiring the Hoosier State native in exchange for Sandy Brondello and a first-round pick in the 2000 WNBA Draft. Two days later, White was the franchise's first player to make a public appearance when she spoke at the team's name and logo unveiling at the Arts Garden in Circle Centre Mall.
White was integral of part of the Fever's first teams. In her first year with the team, White averaged a career-best 7.2 points per game and shot 39 percent from the 3-point range. She finished third on the team in scoring in 2003, and remained with the team through the 2004 season, her last as a WNBA player.
Following her retirement, White started a successful career as an assistant coach and broadcaster. White was named to the Fever's All-Decade Team in 2009. She returned to the Fever in 2011 as an assistant coach under Lin Dunn, who had originally recruited White to Purdue. With her hiring, White became the first Fever assistant coach who had played in the WNBA. White was also reunited with Katie Douglas, her former teammate at Purdue, and Tamika Catchings, her former teammate with the Fever.
White was promoted to associate head coach in advance of the Fever's 2014 season. This offseason, she joined FOX Sports Indiana as an analyst on the "Pacers Live" pregame show before select Pacers games, and continues to serve a college basketball analyst for Big Ten Network.
As both a player and a coach, there's no denying the profound impact Stephanie White has had on the Fever franchise.
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