News Release | January 8, 2009
Indiana Fever point guard Tully Bevilaqua has been re-signed to a multi-year contract, it has been announced by Indiana Fever Chief Operating Officer and General Manager Kelly Krauskopf. The Australian native will begin her 11th season in the WNBA in 2009, and her fifth with the Fever. Per team policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Bevilaqua has joined teammate Tamika Catchings on the WNBAs All-Defense Team in each of the past four seasons. After winning a WNBA title with Seattle in 2004 and signing a free agent contract with Indiana in 2005, she has annually been characterized as one of the leagues most ferocious defenders and most reliable ballhandlers. She is annually among the WNBAs top steals and steals-to-turnover ratio leaders. In 2006, Bevilaqua and Catchings posted the most steals (165) in a single season by teammates, in WNBA history.
"Re-signing Tully was the first priority for us this offseason," said Chief Operating Officer and General Manager Kelly Krauskopf. "Tully is an extremely valuable, experienced veteran who is very important to our core group as we continue building towards another championship run. I am also happy that she has chosen to finish her WNBA career in Indiana. She has a strong presence within our franchise both on and off the court."
"I am extremely excited about re-signing with the Indiana Fever and finishing my playing career with them, said Bevilaqua from her native Australia. I have formed a great relationship with the organization and community over the past four seasons, and the commitment they have shown to me as a player has been greatly appreciated. I am excited about the upcoming season and I look forward to re-joining my teammates and pursuing that elusive championship we are so hungry to obtain!"
Bevilaqua has started all of her 129 games in a Fever uniform, the second-most starting appearances by an Indiana player besides Catchings. With Bevilaqua as its point guard, the Fever has compiled an 80-56 record with playoff appearances each season the longest stretch in Indiana history.
Through four Fever seasons, she averages 6.0 points per game, 2.4 assists and 1.9 steals. In 10 WNBA seasons, she has averaged 4.5 points, 2.2 assists and 1.5 steals per game. Annually one of the WNBAs leaders in assists per turnover, and steals per turnover, Bevilaqua averages just 1.3 turnovers in 296 career games.