INDIANAPOLIS -- Coach Lin Dunn has plenty of activities planned for her Indiana Fever basketball team during the month-long Olympics break. They'll take place both on and off the court.
At the halfway mark of its season, the Fever is 10-7 and in second place in the WNBA Eastern Conference, four games behind 15-4 Connecticut. The WNBA schedule won't resume for Indiana until an Aug. 16 home game against Washington.
Forward Tamika Catchings is the only Fever player involved in the Olympics. The rest of the squad, which received time off this week, will return to practices next week. Dunn is planning a workout schedule that typically will involve three days on the court and then an off day.
"We have to be careful that we (take off days), because you don't want to come out of this Olympic break burned out," Dunn said.
"What it's about is getting healthy, getting fresh legs and clear minds. When you come to this break, you are mentally, physically, emotionally fatigued, especially in this league because everybody is so good and every game is so intense."
The season's first half ended on a downbeat for the Fever in a 77-74 loss to the visiting Los Angeles Sparks. Dunn saw her team give up 23 offensive rebounds and 33 second-chance points to Los Angeles. The coach indicated after the game that rebounding would be a focus of the team's work during the Olympic break.
Prior to the loss to Los Angeles, Dunn addressed other facets of her Olympic-break practice plans.
"We'll use 60 to 70 percent of the break to improve individual skills -- shooting, ball-handling, passing, posting up, she said. And we'll really work on executing our sets and any new wrinkles we'll add for the second round."
However, it won't be all work for the Fever. Dunn has a few interesting activities in mind.
"We'll probably do some fun things," she said, "maybe some ballroom dancing, some aerobics. We'll go swimming one day. (There will be) something to break the monotony of almost having another whole training camp."