As the end of 2020 draws near, WNBA.com is wrapping up this historic season by reviewing each team’s season. Take a look back at notable contributors and season highlights with the 2020 Season In Review. Next up is the Indiana Fever.
The Indiana Fever returned most of their core this season, but still managed to be the second youngest team in the league. After coming off of a 13-21 record in 2019, the young squad finished 6-16 under the direction of the Fever’s 1st-year head coach Marianne Stanley.
Consistent play from Kelsey Mitchell and the emergence of the rook Julie Allemand proved to be two big upsides for the franchise.
Although the Fever’s record may not immediately reflect it, the future looks promising for Indiana with their young talent.
Mitchell has been scoring in double figures since she came into the league, but what stood out the most this year was her efficiency. For the first time in Mitchell’s career, she started in all games, notching a career-best 32.1 MPG. While averaging a career-high 17.9 PPG, the crafty lefty led the team in scoring on 44.8% shooting. Mitchell scored in double figures in all but two games this season and recorded 20+ points eight times. The third-year pro proved that she is on her way to being one of the most dynamic scorers in Fever history.
You can categorize Allemand as a player that strives to do it all. The 5-8 guard tabbed All-Rookie honors after averaging 8.5 PPG, while finishing first amongst rookies with 5.8 APG. After being drafted in the third round, Allemand was the first rookie in WNBA history to average eight points, five assists, and four rebounds. Every game Allemand showed that she is capable of helping the Fever make strides towards a winning season in 2021.
Every season Mitchell makes her mark as one of the league’s most athletic players. This season, she poured in career-highs in both scoring (12.7 PPG) and at the stripe (95.1%). On July 29, the explosive guard helped wheel the Fever to a win against the Mercury by scoring a career-high 24 points while going a perfect 10-10 from the free-throw line.
Kelsey Mitchell Reaches Scoring Milestone
On Aug 8, Kelsey Mitchell became the second fastest player in franchise history to reach 1,000 career points. WNBA Hall of Famer and Fever Vice President of Operations, Tamika Catchings was the first Fever player to reach this milestone in 54 games played. Mitchell reached the milestone in her 74th game. There are currently four active Fever players who have reached the 1,000 point scoring mark in their careers.
There it is‼️ Second fastest to reach 1,000 points in franchise history 🔥
— Indiana Fever ⛹️♀️🏀 (@IndianaFever) August 7, 2020
Kennedy Burke Posts 23 Points As Fever Defeat Storm
The second-year pro put up a career-high 23 PTS in the Fever’s 90-84 win over the Storm. A key piece to highlight is the Fever snapped the Storm’s then 9-game winning streak. Despite being without T. Mitchell (out with a wrist injury), the young Fever knocked off the eventual 2020 WNBA Champs in Indiana’s best win of the season.
Julie Allemand Makes History vs. Dallas
In just her third game Julie Allemand tied a franchise record for most assists in a regular-season game with 11.
Erica Wheeler Misses 2020 Season
Erica Wheeler stole the hearts of many after becoming the first undrafted player to win the MVP in the 2019 WNBA All-Star Game. Unfortunately Wheeler’s upward climb came to a pause this season due to being put on the 2020 WNBA Medical Protocol list. One thing is for certain, Wheeler, Mitchell and the rising soph. Allemand could make some noise around the league in 2021.
25 PTS (7 3PM), 7 AST 🔥💰 pic.twitter.com/7sIg1D9Ykw
— WNBA (@WNBA) July 27, 2019