2008 Schedule Announced

News Release | December 13, 2007
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INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Fever has announced its 2008 Women’s National Basketball Association schedule. Indiana will play 34 regular-season games beginning with a home and season opener Saturday, May 17, against the Washington Mystics.

Eastern Conference finalists in two of the past three seasons and playing under the direction of first-year Head Coach Lin Dunn, the Fever’s schedule includes 20 games against the East and 14 against the West. With the recent addition of the yet-to-be-named Atlanta franchise, the WNBA returns to a 14-team schedule, the same as in 2006. The Fever will play three games apiece against Eastern Conference foes Connecticut, Detroit, Chicago and Washington; and square off against New York and newcomer Atlanta four times. Home and away games are scheduled against each of seven Western Conference opponents.

Indiana will appear twice on the WNBA’s 23-game national television schedule. Both games are on ESPN2 – at Connecticut on May 27, and at New York on June 26. The team’s local television schedule is yet to be determined.

The 2008 schedule also includes a month-long hiatus to accommodate the 2008 Olympic Games held in Beijing, China (August 8-24). With more than 25 WNBA players expected to compete during the 2008 Olympic Games, the league has not scheduled any games between July 28 and August 27. Instead, the WNBA season will be extended by three weeks so WNBA players can represent their home countries in the 2008 Olympic Games. Similar to the 2004 season that also saw a break in the schedule for the Olympics, WNBA teams and players will remain active in the communities while on hiatus from regular season action.

Following the 2008 Olympic Games, the WNBA will tip off the second half of the season on August 28. The regular season schedule concludes on September 14 with the playoffs scheduled to begin on September 18.

Fever schedule highlights for the upcoming season include:

  • Indiana’s home opener is Saturday, May 17 against All-Star Alana Beard and the Washington Mystics.
  • The Fever plays four of its first six games at Conseco Fieldhouse, before playing six of its next nine on the road during the month of June.
  • In a rematch of last year’s Eastern Conference Finals, Indiana battles Detroit in two early games in May. The Shock hosts Indiana in the second game of the season, May 21. Ten days later, May 31, the Fever hosts Detroit with Katie Smith and Head Coach Bill Laimbeer.
  • Connecticut and former Purdue and Perry Meridian High School star Katie Douglas come to Conseco Fieldhouse in two of three meetings against the Sun. Douglas returns to her hometown on Saturday, July 5 and Thursday, Aug. 28.
  • Indiana hosts five of six games to begin its July schedule, highlighted by a visit from WNBA newcomer Atlanta during the Fever’s annual afternoon Camp Day, on Wednesday, July 16.
  • The Fever’s I-65 series is renewed again with three games against the Chicago Sky, all within three weeks in July. The Sky visits Conseco Fieldhouse on July 2 and 12.
  • The Fever returns from the Olympic hiatus with consecutive home games on Aug. 28 and 30 against Connecticut and Atlanta, respectively, before hitting the road in four straight away games, Sept. 2-9.
  • The Fever hosts each Western Conference team once, including a season-ending home matchup with defending WNBA champion Phoenix on Saturday, Sept. 13.

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