If your a Washington Mystics fan, at least you can say that for three quarters last night your team was winning. The only problem is that a WNBA game last four quarters, and the final 10 minutes of Friday night’s game belonged to the Indiana Fever. The Indianapolis based squad, who finished the regular season with the best record in the Eastern Conference, had to travel to Washington DC for Game 1 of the best of three series. Doing their best Julias Caesar veni,vidi, vici (I came, I saw, I conquered) impersonation, the Fever improved to 5-0 against the Mystics this year with a 88-79 victory and a 1-0 series lead.
Now the action comes home to Indiana and Conseco Fieldhouse in downtown Indianapolis where the Fever will have home court advantage. They will have two chances to win one more game, and if they do win they will advance to the Eastern Conference Championship series. The Fever’s first chance to wrap up the series will take place Saturday night with tip off at 7p.m.
With the Pacers still in a rebuilding process, this might be your only chance to see playoff basketball in Indiana this season. Beyond that point however is the fact that these women can straight up ball. While the Fever have mad the playoffs three times prior to this season, most analysts think that this year’s squad has the best chance of winning it all in franchise history. Two major reasons for the teams dominance this year are No. 23 & No. 24.
These numbers refer to the jerseys of Katie Douglas and Tamika Catchings respectively, who have turned in such stellar performances all season long that they are both on the short list for the WNBA league MVP. To learn more about this dynamic duo’s all-star seasons and MVP hopes, check out Justin Whitaker’s in depth article here. To see history in the making, make sure you are at Conseco Fieldhouse Saturday night to cheer our girls to victory. In this the franchises 10th year, their only goal is to finish #1.
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