Practice Report: Dunn on Big Week, New Guards on Early Success

By Wheat Hotchkiss | June 9, 2014

After splitting a pair of road games over the weekend, the Fever are back in Indiana getting ready for Wednesday's game against Seattle. While Wednesday's contest is the only game scheduled this week, it is nonetheless a busy time for the organization, particularly head coach Lin Dunn. Dunn will be honored at Wednesday's game and then inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame on Saturday.

In the video above, Dunn discusses what this week means to her and reflects on many of the people who served as a mentor to her or influenced her over the course of her storied coaching career.

In addition to visiting with Coach Dunn, we also took time at Monday's practice to catch up with the Fever's two newest guards. Sydney Carter and Maggie Lucas were late additions to the roster Carter signed with Indiana midway through training camp, while Lucas was acquired from Phoenix just four days before the start of the regular seaseon yet both have made major contributions early into their Fever careers.

Carter had played just 16 career games in the WNBA over the past two seasons, but the 5-foot-6 guard has quickly gained Dunn's favor. Carter is averaging just under 19 minutes per game off the bench and leads the Fever's second unit in scoring, contributing 5.4 points per contest. In the video below, Carter explains why her success has caught even her by surprise, talks about the "natural chemistry" she has playing alongside starting point guard Briann January, and explains her approach on the defensive end. Check out the full interview:

Lucas has also seen plenty of early playing time in Indiana, appearing in all eight games so far this season and averaging 13.3 minutes and 3.9 points per game. It has been a whirlwind month for the former two-time Big Ten Player of the Year at Penn State, who was drafted by Phoenix only to be traded to Indiana just before the start of the season. In the video below, Lucas recalls finding out about the trade, talks about trying to fit in as a rookie, and reveals what teammates have been the biggest help to her as she adjusts to life in the WNBA: