Practice Report: Recognizing Dunn, Facing Seattle, and Coleman's First Month In IndyTweet
By Wheat Hotchkiss | June 10, 2014
This week is all about Lin Dunn, as the Fever head coach will be honored at Wednesday's game against Seattle and then formally inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame on Saturday night in Knoxville. At Monday's practice, we got Coach Dunn's thoughts on what this week means to her.
On Tuesday, Dunn chatted with a couple local television stations about the week ahead and specifically Wednesday night's game against Seattle. In the video above, she reveals how much (or how little) she knows about the planned festivities, recalls her days as a coach in Seattle, and previews Wednesday's matchup.
Then, Fever point guard Briann January stopped by to give her thoughts on Coach Dunn's impact on the Fever and the sport in general, including how Dunn has personally impacted January's career. Check out the full interview below:
Finally, we had a one-on-one chat with Fever forward Marissa Coleman. The six-year veteran is in her first season with Indiana, and she's enjoying unprecedented success. Even with her outside shot not falling at the rate she would like, Coleman is averaging 10.1 points per game through eight contests, up 5.5 points from her average last season and 1.5 points better than her best statistical season (2011 in Washington).
Perhaps the best indicator of Coleman's success is the rate at which she's getting to the free throw line. In under 200 minutes, Coleman has already attempted 28 free throws. For comparison, she attempted just 33 in nearly 600 minutes last season and only 20 in 548 minutes the year before (her career-high in free throw attempts is just 45, set during her rookie season in 2009).
In the video below, Coleman talks about her early-season success, getting used to new teammates, and what it's been like playing under Coach Dunn: