FEVER NAMES ALL-DECADE TEAM
WNBA All-Stars Tamika Catchings and Katie Douglas highlight a cast of 10 honorees which comprise the Indiana Fever All-Decade Team, the team has announced. Honoring the Fever’s first ten seasons in Indianapolis, the team was selected by over 51,000 votes cast by fans during online and in-arena balloting. The team will be honored at halftime of this evening’s game when the Fever hosts the Detroit Shock.
Saturday’s game is a Lucas Oil Family Night presented by The Indianapolis Star. The first 3,000 fans will receive an All-Decade Team commemorative poster and a Lucas Oil shammy. The Indiana Fever All-Decade Team was established in appreciation for the fans that have supported the team throughout its first decade. Fans selected the 10 players who they felt made the greatest contributions to the Indiana Fever, combining on-court performance with spirit and sportsmanship. Balloting and sweepstakes were conducted from June 12 through July 30 at FeverBasketball.com and at kiosks inside Conseco Fieldhouse. All registered voters were eligible for sweepstakes prizes, including a 50” HDTV valued at $1,500 that will be awarded as the grand-prize courtesy of hhgregg, during tonight’s halftime ceremony.
Winners of 18 of their past 21 games and responsible for the best record in the WNBA (18-5), the Fever’s 2009 starting lineup occupies half of the All-Decade Team and five of the top six spots in final voting.
Catchings, a two-time Olympic gold medalist and six-time All-Star led the voting (6,244), followed by Indianapolis native Douglas (4,989), a three-time All-Star who currently leads the Fever with 17.8 points per game. Tully Bevilaqua (4,908) and Ebony Hoffman (4,831) occupy the third and fourth spots, and center Tammy Sutton-Brown (3,150) finished sixth. The only non-current Fever player to possess a spot in the top five is Stephanie White (3,439), an Indiana schoolgirl legend, former Purdue star and one of the original members of the Indiana Fever. White is currently an assistant coach with the Chicago Sky.
Rounding out the team were two-year stars Anna DeForge and Tamika Whitmore who each helped the Fever to franchise-record 21-13 seasons in 2006 and 2007; three-year center Natalie Williams who retired after the 2005 season as one of the top rebounders in women’s professional history; and Tan White who played four seasons in Indiana and left as the club’s second-leading scorer.
Eight of the ten All-Decade stars have represented the Fever on WNBA All-Star teams or won WNBA postseason awards. The Indiana Fever All-Decade Team:
|Tully Bevilaqua||G||2005 to present||Tammy Sutton-Brown||C||2007 to present|
|Tamika Catchings||F||2001 to present||Stephanie White||G||2000 to 2004|
|Anna DeForge||G||2006 to 2007||Tan White||G||2005 to 2008|
|Katie Douglas||G/F||2008 to present||Tamika Whitmore||F||2006 to 2007|
|Ebony Hoffman||F||2004 to present||Natalie Williams||C||2003 to 2005|
Tamika Catchings 6,244; Katie Douglas 4,989; Tully Bevilaqua 4,908; Ebony Hoffman 4,831; Stephanie White 3,439; Tammy Sutton-Brown 3,150; Natalie Williams 2,778; Tamika Whitmore 2,687; Anna DeForge 2,076; Tan White 1,987; Kelly Miller 1,560; Monica Maxwell 1,421; Coquese Washington 1,293; Kelly Schumacher 1,286; Olympia Scott 1,284; Nikki McCray 1,182; Niele Ivey 1,128; Rita Williams 1,024; Jurgita Streimikyte 877; Alicia Thompson 780; Coretta Brown 777; Kara Wolters 651; Gordana Grubin 547; Kristen Rasmussen 300