DeForge Sets Sights on Winning in Indy

February 9, 2006

DeForge averaged 13.1 points per game for the Mercury in 2005, and 14.4 in 2004.
Traded in exchange for Kelly Miller, Anna DeForge will join the Fever for the 2006 season. DeForge will begin her fifth WNBA season, and her fourth straight since becoming a starter in Phoenix in 2003.

Fifth in the WNBA in 3-pt field goals in 2005, DeForge has become one of the league’s new young stars. She was chosen to a WNBA Select Team to play the U.S. Olympic Team during the 2004 campaign. She is expected to bid for a starting spot with the Fever, and help bolster the Fever’s size and shooting on the perimeter.

Currently playing overseas in Poland, she spent time answering questions via email, for FeverBasketball.com.


Fever Website: Anna, what was your first reaction when you heard you were going to be traded?
Anna DeForge: “My first reaction? I was anxious! It’s a new opportunity for me. It is a new city, a new franchise and new teammates. I’m thrilled about becoming a part of what the Fever are after – a WNBA Championship!”
FW: Tell the Fever fans about any experiences you remember from Conseco Fieldhouse.
AD: “My prior experiences at Conseco Fieldhouse are not so happy – because I never remember winning there! But now, I know all that will change because I’ll be able to enjoy all those home victories.”
FW: You have become a late-blooming star in the WNBA. Was there ever a time when you wondered if you would ever really make it in the league?
AD: “There was a time when I did think that I might never play again in the WNBA. That was after my tryout with the Sting in 2002. I had battled so much adversity (whether it be health or injury), that when I was released from that camp I started to think about what would be next in my life. But I had one of the greatest to ever play our game as a mentor, and Nancy Lieberman would not let me quit! The next year, I re-started my WNBA career with the Phoenix Mercury.”
FW: You played in the ABL and for one season in the WNBA, before spending two seasons out of the league. Coming back to the WNBA in 2003, what was the biggest change in your game?
AD: “Starting the 2003 season, the biggest change in my game was – EVERYTHING! Nancy helped me to revamp my entire game, but the emphasis was on footwork and fundamentals!”

DeForge is a perimeter scorer who looks forward to winning games at Conseco Fieldhouse.
FW: What have been the biggest changes in the WNBA since the time you first entered the league in 2000?
AD: “The WNBA changes every year, whether it be expansion, rules or coaches, but the biggest change is the amount of talent, league-wide. This league has improved its talent level every season, thus improving the level of play!”
FW: You hold the Wisconsin state girls high school scoring record. And I believe you are the only Wisconsin high school product in the WNBA. What drove you to be so good at a young age?
AD: “Actually I am only second in all-time scoring in the state of Wisconsin, now. My record stood for 10 years and was recently broken in 2004. I believe that I am the only player in the WNBA from the state of Wisconsin, though. I just always loved the game and always played hard. I was fortunate to play in college and I’ve continued to improve, all the way until now, at the professional level.”
FW: Who was your basketball role model growing up? And why?
AD: “My favorite basketball player growing up was Michael Jordan. Didn’t EVERYONE like Mike?!?!”
FW: You are currently playing in Poland. Where else have you played overseas?
AD: “I am currently playing in Krakow, Poland for Wisla Can-Pack. I have been here since October and it is my first adventure overseas – ever! I am very much enjoying my experience in Europe so far.”
FW: Describe your game for Fever fans. What can they expect to see at Conseco Fieldhouse from Anna DeForge?
AD: “Fever fans can expect to see a very passionate player who competes everyday, on both ends of the floor – and a player who loves to shoot the three! [smile]”