GREAT DATES IN FRANCHISE HISTORY
Indianapolis, Miami, Portland and Seattle awarded WNBA expansion franchises, to begin play in 2000.
JUNE 25, 1999
Sold 1,000th season ticket to Dorothy Mengering, the mother of late-night talk show host David Letterman.
JULY 22, 1999
Hired Kelly Krauskopf as the team’s first Chief Operating Officer. Krauskopf becomes the highest-ranking female front office executive at any of the city’s professional sports franchises.
Quote from Kelly Krauskopf
“I’d never been to Indianapolis, I’d never even been to the state of Indiana. When I came to interview and meet everybody, it was my very first time here. I didn’t really know a lot about Indiana except for the history of basketball. When I met everyone, I knew immediately that Donnie Walsh was going to be a great person to work for. David Morway was very involved with the start-up on the basketball side, so he and I worked hand-in-hand. There was already a ticket sales push, so there was interest in the marketplace.
“The press conference day, I just remember the interest level in the media, and the excitement of the town in having a franchise in the city – and being named as the leader of that franchise. I knew it was a huge responsibility but that this was going to be a great place – because of the turnout, and the excitement of the staff. We were over at Market Square Arena, and I remember coming to see [Conseco Fieldhouse]. Rick Fuson showed me around. It still had a dirt floor. He was showing it to me as if it was his personal home. We still had our hard hats on, and it was a very exciting time. What struck me was the energy level and the positive feeling about what was on the horizon.”
“I will say this – this franchise, this company, was very prepared for this. Dale Ratermann was very much on top of it from a business and marketing standpoint. They were already ahead of the game, this is what they do. The people here made my first couple of months very easy. All I had to do was to focus on the team. They had been working on the footprint, really the building blocks of building the business side and working with the league. When I came in, I helped create a vision, but there were some people here that already had done a lot of work.”
JULY 30, 1999
Sold 2,000th season ticket to Indianapolis 500 veteran racecar driver Lyn St. James. “When the WNBA was initially launched in 1997, I was actually surprised that Indianapolis, with its tremendous basketball tradition and the support that surrounds basketball here, was not one of the cities on the list,” St. James said. “I am certainly pleased to see that Indianapolis has now been awarded a franchise and I am confident that the team will be embraced by the loyal basketball fans in Indiana.”
AUGUST 13, 1999
Sold 3,000th season ticket to San Diego Padres’ All-Star outfielder Tony Gwynn, just days after he became the 22nd player in Major League Baseball history to reach the 3,000-hit plateau. “I was glad to hear that Indiana was awarded a franchise,” Gwynn said, who has a home in Indianapolis. “I have seen first hand how kids look up to professional athletes. My wife and I are looking forward to the opportunity for our kids to watch these WNBA players, who are not only great athletes, but great role models.”
AUGUST 17, 1999
Named Nell Fortner as the team’s first head coach and general manager. Already committed to the U.S. women’s national team through the 2000 Olympic Games, Fortner is scheduled to join the team in 2001, following her Olympic commitment.
Quote from Kelly Krauskopf
“Actually, Nell was sort of identified about the same time I had been identified. I helped kind of recruit her at the final hour, but she had already been talking with David Morway beforehand, knowing that if she took the job she wasn’t going to be able to be here because of the Olympic games and the Olympic Tour. It was a unique, but at the same time it was an exciting time for women’s basketball globally. The first item of business was securing the franchise and continuing with our season ticket push. From a basketball standpoint, we had no players. We hired Nell, but we didn’t even have a name or a logo at the time.”
AUGUST 27, 1999
Sold 4,500th season ticket to Grammy Award-winning recording artist and Anderson, Ind. native Sandi Patty. “I have come to love and respect women’s sports, and I think this is a wonderful opportunity for Indianapolis and the State of Indiana,” Patty said. The team also announces its 2000 individual game ticket prices at a press conference at Market Square Arena. The average ticket price to attend a WNBA game at Conseco Fieldhouse will be $13, with prices ranging from $5 to $85.
SEPTEMBER 23, 1999
Sold 5,000th season ticket to Indiana Pacers Head Coach Larry Bird. “I think Indiana’s WNBA franchise will be a huge success and I’m happy to be a part of helping to ensure that success,” Bird said. “Indiana fans love their basketball and I think they will embrace the WNBA team and the high quality of play it will bring to Indiana,” Bird said.
OCTOBER 1, 1999
Sold 5,500th season ticket to former U.S. Senator Birch Bayh, enabling the franchise to meet the league’s minimum goal two weeks ahead of schedule. Said Bayh, “I have long believed that both our daughters and our sons need to experience the benefits that come with participating in sporting activities.” Bayh introduced the 1972 Title IX law, which provided equal opportunities for female participation in athletics.
OCTOBER 12, 1999
WNBA President Val Ackerman visits Indianapolis as the guest speaker at a WNBA Corporate Luncheon. Ackerman speaks to 220 corporate representatives at The Columbia Club on Monument Circle.
October 20, 1999
Named Hall-of-Famer Anne Donovan as the team’s head coach for the 2000 season. Donovan will coach the team in the absence of Fortner, and become the team’s lead assistant coach upon Fortner’s return.
Quote from Kelly Krauskopf
“Anne and Nell had already known each other. She had been coaching in the ABL and wanted to stay in pro coaching. It worked out for us that she was willing to be an assistant coach and be the interim head coach that first year, and then see how it goes after that. We wanted her to stay, but she got an opportunity to go on to Charlotte. We understood that. We were very fortunate to have her here that first year.”
November 15, 1999
Awarded the first pick in the 2000 WNBA Expansion Draft in a random drawing at the WNBA League Meetings when the team’s designated ping-pong ball was the first out of the selection receptacle.
Quote from Kelly Krauskopf
“That was exciting because we got the first pick. I remember thinking, ‘this is a good sign!’ Every team had equal weight because every team was new. When they called our numbers and we got the first pick, that was really exciting. We were in New York, at a league meeting. Val Ackerman was the president. It was exciting for me because I had been in the league office and I had worked with Val.”
December 15, 1999
Selected Gordana Grubin (Los Angeles) with the first pick, Sandy Brondello (Detroit) with the eighth pick, Nyree Roberts (Washington) with the ninth pick, Kara Wolters (Houston) with the 16th pick, Rita Williams (Washington) with the 17th pick and Chantel Tremitiere (Utah) with the 24th pick in the 2000 WNBA Expansion Draft. Acquired Stephanie White from Miami, in exchange for Sandy Brondello and a first-round pick in the 2000 WNBA Draft. Acquired Monica Maxwell from Washington, in exchange for selecting Nyree Roberts and a fourth-round pick in the 2000 WNBA Draft.
Quote from Kelly Krauskopf
“We knew that Gordana Grubin had come off a great year in L.A., so she was somebody that we identified early as a good first pick. She was probably the most experienced pro player – she was a European pro with a very good European career. She had just finished playing point guard for L.A., and we had to have a point guard for our team. We knew early on that she was somebody we were going to look at very closely.”
December 17, 1999
Unveiled team name and logo before 300 in attendance at the Arts Garden in Circle Centre Mall. Pacers Sports & Entertainment President Donnie Walsh, Fever Chief Operating Officer Kelly Krauskopf, Head Coach Anne Donovan, Indianapolis Mayor Stephen Goldsmith and Stephanie White speak at the unveiling.
Quote from Kelly Krauskopf
“When we had the unveiling at Circle Center Mall, there were about 300-400 people there. It was another landmark wave of excitement around starting that first season. Right off the bat, I think people understood the name [Fever]. There was the feeling about the name that ties into the euphoria of basketball, it’s kind of the DNA of this state. We had great feedback.”
April 29, 2000
Local tryouts conducted at Butler University’s Hinkle Fieldhouse, with over 200 women competing with hopes of landing a spot on the 11-player Fever roster. After two days of basketball, one player, Texlin Quinney from Buffalo, N.Y., made the final cut and found herself on the Fever’s opening day roster.
Quote from Kelly Krauskopf
“The open tryout at Butler was one of those things that you don’t see today. It was really fun. We had some people in there that had no business being in there. We had others, though, that were good college players who had some basketball skill. It sort of represented an opportunity for women who had a dream, to just say they tried out for a pro team. With that, you might find an athlete or player, or two, who could come out of that. We had fun, there was good media coverage. It was a dream. It represented a lot of what the branding of the WNBA stood for – inspiration and dreams. I can remember standing there with Anne Donovan, watching players warming up, saying ‘look at all these people!’ That was kind of a fun time.”
May 1, 2000
Members of the media get their first glimpse of the new WNBA franchise as the morning begins with media day. Later that day, the team opens training camp and holds its first practice on Emmis Court in Conseco Fieldhouse. Karen Wilkins, Shantel Hardison, Monick Foote, Stacey Lovelace, Katasha Artis, Donna Harrington, Alicia Thompson and Texlin Quinney are assigned to the Fever by the WNBA.
May 10, 2000
Conducted first public practice on the main court of Conseco Fieldhouse. Following the 40-minute practice session, fans remained to watch the Indiana Pacers at Philadelphia 76ers in Game 3 of the NBA Eastern Conference Semifinals. The game was broadcast live on the Conseco Fieldhouse scoreboard.
Quote from Kelly Krauskopf
“I do remember watching the Pacers game. The Pacers were hot, they were rolling. There were a lot of people that stayed to watch the big screen after our practice.”
May 20, 2000
First preseason game features a Purdue University reunion at Mackey Arena, as the Fever host the Orlando Miracle at West Lafayette. Orlando is coached by Carolyn Peck, who had been the head coach of the 1999 National Champion Purdue women’s team that included current Fever player Stephanie White.
Quote from Kelly Krauskopf
“We had a great crowd, with Carolyn coming back and Stephanie playing with us. Nothing really sticks out in my mind except the reception that we received. There were some great moments, but at that time, I was really just focused on, ‘are we going to be any good?’ For me it was all about our team performing – do we have the right players? Orlando was already an established team, so we were measuring ourselves against a team that was already together.”
May 26, 2000
Concluded a four-game preseason schedule with a win at Orlando. Indiana finishes the preseason with a 1-3 mark after dropping its first three games - two to Sacramento and one to Orlando.
May 28, 2000
The Fever’s inaugural season opening-day roster: Usha Gilmore, Donna Harrington, Monica Maxwell, Stephanie White, Texlin Quinney, Jurgita Streimikyte, Alicia Thompson, Chantel Tremitiere, Beverly Williams, Rita Williams and Kara Wolters.
Quote from Kelly Krauskopf
“Stephanie was a great player in a lot of ways. She was a leader, she was smart, a very savvy ballplayer and a good shooter. People were hungry to see her continue to play. She was a great player and person to have as we started this franchise. Our team was made up of players like a typical expansion team – it was going to take a couple of years before our roster was really built to compete. I give some of those players credit early on. They played so hard every game. We were so close every game, but when you’re a new team … I mean, I look back now and I wonder how we even won nine games! That’s a credit to Anne, and the players we had here, and Stephanie was a big part of that. I wouldn’t have done it any differently.” “She was very important for us. It worked out perfectly. When you start a new franchise, it’s rare that you start with a local hero. I remember when the Pacers recognized the 50 Greatest Players in Indiana. Stephanie White might have gotten the loudest response out of everyone – and I’m talking about players like Oscar Robertson. It was phenomenal, the feeling and reverence for her, for what she had done – Purdue was not that far removed from winning its championship. Stephanie was a class act.”
June 1, 2000
First regular season game in franchise history takes place at Miami. The nationally televised game takes place on Lifetime Television for Women. The Fever trailed most of the game until a Rita Williams’ 3-pt FG with 2:48 remaining gives the franchise its first lead and its first victory, 57-54.
Quote from Kelly Krauskopf
“I remember the excitement of that first game. We were on Lifetime Television. We were playing in Miami. I remember David Morway traveling with me to watch the very first game of our franchise – and we won! It was an exciting game. It was low-scoring, but it was a great moment and a fun moment. It was ugly basketball, but we won, nonetheless! We didn’t know there were only going to be eight more to come!” “I was nervous. We were on television and both teams were new. I was very nervous, sitting there watching. I think the question I asked myself most often was, ‘Are we going to be good enough? Are we going to be competitive enough to win some games and stand on our own?"
June 3, 2000
Orlando visits Indianapolis for the first WNBA regular season game ever played at Conseco Fieldhouse. Indiana relinquishes a nine-point halftime lead and Orlando wins the game, 88-82.
Quote from Kelly Krauskopf
“That was a really exciting time. That building was filled to the top! There were actually people in all those seats. They weren’t just sold – there were people in those seats!” “I remember honoring our landmark season-ticket holders at halftime, honoring the people that helped us secure the franchise. Birch Bayh was the person who symbolically bought the 5,500th season ticket. I had met him in 1997 when the league first started – which was the 25th anniversary of Title IX, and he was the original author of Title IX. Later, starting the WNBA, I had breakfast with him and Val Ackerman, not knowing at the time that I would be in Indiana. All these ironic things were going through my mind. I was standing off the court with him, and I asked him, ‘Look at this building, can you believe this?’ I told him, ‘Senator Bayh, I’m running this team and had a chance to work in the WNBA office. I played on the first girl’s basketball team in Tyler, Texas, and that’s all because of legislation you wrote. And now, here I am presenting you with an autographed jersey in the state of Indiana, where you’re from, during its first pro women’s basketball game.’ I remember he got big tears in his eyes and said, ‘You know, when I meet young women like you, I really realize the impact of what that had.’ I just wanted to hug him. And then we walked out on the court for the presentation. It was really a cool moment. I didn’t know this was coming. My life was personally impacted by something he did in Washington. It was a very surreal moment."
June 5, 2000
Indiana beats Miami for the second time in three games to opening its inaugural season, recording its first win at Conseco Fieldhouse, 80-59.
July 24, 2000
Charlotte defeats Indiana 82-78 in the first overtime game in franchise history.
Aug. 9, 2000
First WNBA season concludes with a 67-51 win over Charlotte as 11,701 fans visit Conseco Fieldhouse on Fan Appreciation Night.
Quote from Kelly Krauskopf
“That was a really exciting time. That building was filled to the top! There were actually people in all those seats. They weren’t just sold – there were people in those seats!” “It was a tough season because Anne and I were very competitive. There were some games that were real heartbreakers. I didn’t care that we were an expansion team – I wanted to win! Nine wins was tough. It was a hard season. We’d get close, but we couldn’t close out a game. I think the greatest testament was that the fans saw the value of what we were doing. They stuck with us all the way through.” “There was a real societal lesson in all this, that you can have a sports team in a city, and what it represented was bigger than just the wins and losses. What we’re doing is something bigger than just a basketball team and a basketball league. There are over 10,000 people in the building and they’re having a blast! Ten years later, it’s a little different now. But there was a sense of pride and inspiration at that time. There was a lot to be thankful for, and a lot of expectation going into the next year. We wanted to start all over again right away.” “The legacy that Herb Simon and Mel Simon brought to the city, with Donnie Walsh, bringing women’s pro basketball here, really was a great legacy to have. That was kind of the ‘bigger than the game itself’ mentality that surrounded that night.”
June 1, 2002
After missing all of the 2001 season due to a college injury, Tamika Catchings makes her pro debut in a 79-62 opening win over the Shock.
June 8, 2002
In the fifth game of her pro career, Catchings nets a franchise-record 32 points in a win over the Liberty.
July 3, 2002
Rookie sensation Tamika Catchings sets a Fever record with 6-of-6 shooting from beyond the 3-point arc during an overtime loss at Orlando.
July 20, 2002
Indiana finished the season 9-4 after its July 20 trade to bring point guard Coquese Washington from the Houston Comets. With Washington in the starting lineup, Indiana went 7-3 down the stretch, including wins in six of its final seven regular season games.
July 26, 2002
En route to a WNBA record 94 steals for the season, Catchings tied a league record with nine steals during a 73-63 home win over Minnesota.
August 7, 2002
Indiana notched what was a franchise record fourth straight win with a 70-63 victory over Orlando, to keep the Fever in playoff contention. Tamika Catchings matched her own season-high and franchise record with 32 points in the win.
August 13, 2002
Clinched the first playoff berth in franchise history with a 60-56 win at Cleveland, on the final day of the regular season.
August 16, 2002
Defeated New York, 73-55, in Game 1 of the First Round of the 2002 WNBA Playoffs – the first playoff game in Fever history. Tamika Catchings scores 29 points at Conseco Fieldhouse. Catchings was honored as the WNBA’s Rookie of the Year in a pregame ceremony.
August 18, 2002
Lost to New York, 84-65, in Game 2 of the first-round series of the 2002 WNBA Playoffs. It was the first road playoff game in franchise history. New York’s victory tied the series, 1-1.
August 20, 2002
Lost the decisive Game 3 of the first-round series of the 2002 WNBA Playoffs at New York, 75-60. New York won the series, 2-1.
May 29, 2003
Sold franchise-record 18,345 tickets for the home opener against the Washington Mystics. Indiana won 71-60 before a national TV audience on ABC-TV and the first sellout in franchise history.
June 26, 2003
Defeated Connecticut, 94-90, in the first double-overtime game in franchise history. Indiana defeated the Sun during the Fever’s first visit to Mohegan Sun Arena, and registered a single-game scoring record.
July 10, 2003
Defeated New York, 76-69, to stay undefeated (8-0) at home, and extend home court win streak to a franchise-record 13 games dating to 2002.
July 23, 2003
Defeated San Antonio, 81-47, at Conseco Fieldhouse to record the largest margin of victory, 34 points, in franchise history.
September 26, 2003
Nell Fortner resigned as head coach and general manager. Kelly Krauskopf assumed general manager duties.
December 3, 2003
Participating in the WNBA Draft Lottery, Indiana improved its draft position in the 2004 WNBA Draft by moving from the No. 5 selection to the No. 3 pick.
December 11, 2003
Named Brian Winters as head coach.
July 14, 2004
Kelly Miller scored 18 points to lead the Fever to a 70-62 win against the Houston Comets. The win was Indiana's first against the Houston franchise.
July 16, 2004
Claimed first place in the Eastern Conference for the first time in franchise history after an 85-73 victory over Detroit.
September 4, 2004
Routed Washington, Minnesota and Washington again by a combined 52 points – the largest three-game victory margin in franchise history – to claim a share of the Eastern Conference lead.
September 19, 2004
Fell to Eastern Conference champion Connecticut, losing fourth straight game to finish the season with a 15-19 record. Tamika Catchings scored a season-high 30 points, including 21 in the second half.
September 27, 2004
Kelly Miller and Connecticut's Wendy Palmer named co-recipients of the WNBA’s Most Improved Player Award.
October 8, 2004
Tamika Catchings received All-WNBA honors for a third consecutive season. Catchings was named to the All-WNBA Second Team.
December 1, 2004
Moved to the No. 2 pick of the 2005 WNBA Draft after entering the WNBA Draft Lottery in the No. 3 position, marking the second consecutive year the team moved up in the draft lottery.
June 4, 2005
Kelly Miller’s 3-point play with 0.9 seconds to play lifted the Fever past the New York Liberty, 62-59, in one of the most dramatic finishes in franchise history. Miller’s running right-hander through the lane broke a tie as Indiana stayed unbeaten at home (4-0).
June 20, 2005
Tamika Catchings earned her sixth WNBA Player of the Week award by leading the Fever against Detroit, Charlotte and Washington. After scoring 20 points with a career-high 16 rebounds, plus eight assists and six steals against the Shock, her steal helped secure a win against Charlotte one night later. She scored 12 points with four assists and four rebounds against the Sting, and in a loss to Washington she scored 20 points with 15 rebounds.
July 9, 2005
The leading vote-getter in the Eastern Conference, Tamika Catchings started her third WNBA All-Star Game, and finished with 18 points, six rebounds, two assists and two steals.
July 18, 2005
For the second time in 2005, Tamika Catchings was named the WNBA’s Player of the Week. In leading the Fever to three straight wins, she posted 18 points, nine rebounds and eight steals in a win over rival Connecticut. Two nights later, she posted her third double-double of the season with 20 points and 14 boards against Detroit. She capped the week with 21 points, four rebounds and four assists – and helped preserve a 59-58 road win at Detroit.
August 14, 2005
Broke the franchise record for wins in a season after a 62-56 victory at Phoenix. It was the Fever’s 17th win in 2005.
August 18, 2005
Defeated Washington, 67-57, to secure a playoff berth for the second time in franchise history.
August 22, 2005
For the third time in 2005 and the eighth time in her career, Tamika Catchings earned the WNBA’s Player of the Week award. She shot 9-of-11 with 23 points in a win over Washington, and followed with 18 points and 16 rebounds in a win over Charlotte.
August 23, 2005
In what would be a preview to the Eastern Conference Finals, the Fever won its fourth straight game and secured the No. 2 seed in the WNBA Playoffs while defeating Connecticut on the road, 69-63. The win put Indiana eight games above .500 for the first time in its history.
August 30, 2005
Defeated New York, 63-51, in Madison Square Garden in Game 1 of the First Round of the 2005 WNBA Playoffs, for the first road playoff victory in franchise history.
September 1, 2005
Defeated New York, 58-50, in Conseco Fieldhouse to sweep the first-round playoff series, 2-0, and advance to the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time in franchise history. Tamika Catchings and Natalie Williams both had double-doubles. Catchings honored as the WNBA’s Defensive Player of the Year and named to the WNBA’s All-Defense First Team, along with Tully Bevilaqua.
September 8, 2005
Lost to Connecticut, 73-68, in Conseco Fieldhouse in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals. Sun take the series lead 1-0.
September 10, 2005
Lost in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals series at Connecticut, 77-67. Sun win series, 2-0. In what was the final game of her career, Natalie Williams capped her pro career with a double-double – combining 11 rebounds with a season-high 17 points.
JULY 12, 2006
Tamika Catchings was the WNBA’s leading vote-getter for the WNBA All-Star Game, but is held from participation due to injury. Teammate Tamika Whitmore attended her first All-Star Game, scoring nine points in an East victory.
JULY 29, 2006
Despite a home loss to Washington, the Fever clinched its third playoff berth, and its second in two seasons. With eight games and two weeks remaining in the regular season, it was the earliest that Indiana had ever clinched a playoff spot.
AUGUST 11, 2006
Broke a franchise record with its ninth road win, and matched the franchise mark with its 21st victory of the season as 20 points from Anna DeForge paced the Fever in an 87-68 win at Connecticut. At 21-12, it also marked the first time in franchise history that the club moved nine games over .500.
AUGUST 17, 2006
Tamika Catchings named WNBA Defensive Player of the Year for a second straight season. She joined Tully Bevilaqua on the WNBA All-Defense First Team.
AUGUST 19, 2006
Tamika Whitmore posted one of the most memorable games in WNBA Playoff history by scoring a record 41 points in a Game 2 loss at Detroit. Whitmore had 16 points by halftime, then added 15 points in the third and 10 in the fourth quarter as the Fever fell short in a 98-83 decision to close the first-round of the playoffs. With Tamika Catchings injured much of the second half, Whitmore was virtually unstoppable – until she fouled out with 30 seconds to play. She finished 15-of-25 shooting, and was 10-of-10 at the foul line. She also added a team-high 10 rebounds.
JULY 15, 2007
Paced by starters Anna DeForge and Tamika Catchings and joined by Tammy Sutton-Brown, the Fever was represented by three players in the WNBA All-Star Game – the most in its history. DeForge’s jumper with 39 seconds remaining iced the East’s win. Catchings finished with 15 points and 11 rebounds.
JULY 18, 2007
Following a 75-74 home defeat of the Chicago Sky, the Fever moved to 16-4 overall and claimed the best 20-game record in the history of the Eastern Conference. The win capped a franchise-record six-game win streak and gave the Fever the best record in the WNBA. The Fever’s afternoon crowd of 10,542 was its best daytime crowd in history.
AUGUST 23, 2007
A three-overtime thriller between the Fever and Sun was the first triple overtime game in WNBA Playoffs history. Connecticut won the game, 93-88, on its home floor. Indiana was led by Anna DeForge’s 31 points, and Tamika Catchings’ 20 rebounds. For Catchings, it was her first game since July 20.
AUGUST 27, 2007
In a decisive Game 3 of its first-round playoff series with Connecticut, Indiana staged the largest comeback in WNBA Playoffs history to outlast the Sun and advance to the Eastern Conference Finals. Trailing by 22 in the second quarter, the Fever rallied and sent the game into overtime – the fourth OT period between the teams in four days. Tamika Catchings led the assault with 30 points, 13 rebounds and six assists.
AUGUST 31, 2007
Home crowd of 9,623 was the best in Fever playoff history, and a 75-65 win over the Detroit Shock gave the Fever its first-ever lead in an conference finals series.
DECEMBER 12, 2007
Lin Dunn named the fourth head coach in Fever history.
FEBRUARY 19, 2008
Fever GM Kelly Krauskopf announced a blockbuster trade with the Connecticut Sun that brought Indianapolis native, Purdue All-American and 2006 All-Star Game MVP Katie Douglas back to her hometown.
MAY 27, 2008
With Katie Douglas scoring 23 points in a nationally televised game on ESPN2, the Fever handed conference rival Connecticut its largest home defeat in history, 75-46 at Mohegan Sun Arena. It was Douglas’ first game against her former team.
MAY 29, 2008
Katie Douglas scored 20 points in a fourth straight game to begin her Fever career, while leading Indiana to an 82-78 double-overtime victory over Los Angeles. The teams combined for a league-record 27 blocked shots.
JUNE 15, 2008
After nine months of rehabilitation following a torn Achilles’ tendon, Tamika Catchings made her 2008 debut during a home loss to San Antonio.
JUNE 24, 2008
Tamika Catchings became the first recipient of the Dawn Staley Leadership Award, recognizing the player who best exemplifies the characteristics of a leader in the community and reflects Staley’s leadership, spirit, charitable efforts and love for the game.
JUNE 26, 2008
In what was the longest game in Fever history, Indiana fell 102-96 to the New York Liberty, in three overtimes at Madison Square Garden. Ebony Hoffman scored a career-high 26 points.
JULY 10, 2008
In anticipation of its outdoor game in New York, the Fever conducted an early evening outdoor practice with sunshine and 90-degree temperatures beating down upon the Fever’s hardwood court, re-located to a parking lot one block south of Conseco Fieldhouse.
JULY 19, 2008
Indiana beat New York 71-55 in the Liberty Outdoor Classic, in what was the first regular season pro basketball game ever played outdoors. Under the lights and beneath a clear July sky at Arthur Ashe Stadium, Katie Douglas scored 20 points before 19,393 fans – the largest crowd ever to attend a Fever game.
JULY 27, 2008
Snapping a three-game road losing streak, Indiana outlasted defending WNBA champion Phoenix with an 88-84 win behind 25 points from Tamika Catchings.
AUGUST 23, 2008
Two Fever players captured medals in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China. Tamika Catchings captured a second Olympic gold medal as the United States beat Australia, 92-65. Tully Bevilaqua earned her first Olympic medal, a silver.
AUGUST 30, 2008
Following the worst home loss in franchise history, Indiana bounced back with an 87-72 win over Atlanta. For the first time in Fever history, three players score 20 points in same game. Tamika Catchings had 23 points. Katie Douglas and Tammy Sutton-Brown each scored 21.
SEPTEMBER 2, 2008
Indiana all but secured its fourth straight playoff berth by overcoming a halftime deficit and downing the Washington Mystics, 79-68, at the Verizon Center. Tamika Catchings finished with a season-high 26 points.
SEPTEMBER 14, 2008
Indiana set a new franchise scoring record during a 103-89 win over Phoenix to end the regular season. For the second time in two weeks, three players finished with at least 20 points. Tammy Sutton-Brown netted a career-high 26 points, followed by 24 from Katie Douglas and 20 from Ebony Hoffman.
SEPTEMBER 19, 2008
Capping a season in which she averaged 10.4 points and 7.8 rebounds, Ebony Hoffman was named the WNBA’s Most Improved Player. Hoffman finished fourth in the WNBA in rebounding and second in 3-point field goal percentage.
SEPTEMBER 21, 2008
Behind 27 points and 10 rebounds from Tamika Catchings, Indiana beat Detroit 89-82 to gain a 1-1 tie in its Eastern Conference Semifinal series. It was the Fever’s lone playoff win before bowing to the Shock in Game 3.