INDIANAPOLIS – Win or go home. It’s one of the simplest, yet most meaningful phrases in all of sports.
In Sunday’s Game 4 of the WNBA Finals presented by Boost Mobile (8:30PM ET, ESPN), the Fever will once again be faced with that situation.
The Fever have — for better or worse — become accustom to playing in elimination games. In fact, after dropping the first game in both the Eastern Conference Semifinals and Eastern Conference Finals, the Fever faced four elimination games so far this postseason. Obviously, they have won all four.
The trend holds up historically as well. In the past four postseasons, the Fever are 8-2 when they have faced elimination, so the prospect of having to win two games in a row should not deter this veteran team.
Why has the team thrived in this kind of situation? Why do they have confidence moving forward?
“Your back is against the wall and you know your urgency has to be at an all-time high,” said Fever Head Coach Stephanie White. “You really don’t have anything to lose, you just go out and play your best, you work your butts off and put yourself in a position to win. What I told our team is that you’ve put yourself in a position in all three games to win. It’s one play here or there that we haven’t made or that they have made, that has been the difference. That’s all really we can ask.”