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Fever Clinch Playoff Berth For Record 11th Season In A Row

At this point, the WNBA playoffs and the Indiana Fever go hand in hand. After all, they’ve become a mainstay in the Eastern Conference side of the postseason. With Tuesday’s win over the Connecticut Sun, the Fever clinched their 11th straight playoff berth – the most consecutive berths in WNBA history.

Throughout the years, it’s been Tamika Catchings who has been the leader on the court for the Fever. She helped guide them to two conference titles (2009, 2012) and an NBA championship in 2012. In a season where she’s made her fair share of history, she’s doing so again with her entire team.

Indiana has excelled in its first season under head coach Stephanie White and have gotten contributions from the entire rotation. Their calling card has always been their defense, and it has been solid this season, too. But it’s their offense (second-best Offensive Rating in the league) that has lifted them to the postseason. Marissa Coleman was named to her first All-Star team and Shenise Johnson has put together a season that has her in the conversation for Most Improved Player.

Natalie Achonwa has looked comfortable in her rookie season and has shown flashes of greatness in the frontcourt.

“I’m really impressed with how she’s played this season,” said White. “The other thing is she’s not 100 percent healthy. She’s still recovering from her knee injury. She’s been flying all across the continent with her international competitions as well. She’s a unique player and she’s going to be a great player in this league for a long time.”

And leading the charge has been Catchings, the seasoned veteran who has been a part of WNBA history time and time again. Just this season, she’s become the No. 2 all-time rebounder; she became the first player in WNBA history to record 1,000 steals; she was named to her WNBA-record 10th All-Star team; she passed Diana Taurasi for second on the all-time scoring list.

”[Tamika] has been one of the main reasons that we’ve been able to be in the position that we’re in right now,” White said. “But we know there’s a long way to go. We have to continue to get better and hopefully we’re going to be peaking at the right time.”

Now, she’s poised to lift them into the playoffs, where they’ll face one of three other teams that have battled for playoff position for much of the second half of the season. If the regular season has served as any bit of foreshadowing for the Fever’s postseason run, there may be even more history in store.