The Indiana Fever took to the floor of Conseco Fieldhouse on Wednesday afternoon to kick off the second half of their season after Tamika Catchings and Katie Douglas returned from the WNBA All-Star game last weekend. The Indianapolis sports women’s basketball franchise looked to keep their winning ways at home going as they welcomed the Connecticut Sun to Indy. Unfortunately for all that hardwood Hoosier fans in the crowd, the Sun took control in the fourth quarter and defeated the Fever 77-68. This is FunCityFinder.com‘s first game coverage of the Indiana Fever during the 2010 season so check out some photos of your favorite veterans while getting to know some of the new faces that now call the Circle City home.
Freddie Fever was getting the crowd in downtown Indianapolis pumped up before the Fever-v-Sun game. At the end of Wednesday’s contest he was the only left smiling.
Just before tip off, the most recognizable faces in Fever basketball try to get the team focused on the task of beating the Connecticut Sun. From left to right is Tamika Catchings, Katie Douglas and Tully Bevilaqua.
Fever guard Briann January is in her second season with Indy and seems to have picked up her hot shooting hand right were she left off last season.
Tamika Catchings trying to tell the ref to watch out for the elbows under the rim.
Those are the elbows she is talking about courtesy of Connecticut Sun forward Kerri Gardin.
Catchings as usual was getting it done on both ends of the court as she is about to score two of her game high 22 points on Wednesday afternoon, she also had nine rebounds, six assist, four assists and four steals.
Katie Douglas takes it hard to the hoop against the visiting sun. Douglas is a life-long Indianapolis resident. After attending Perry Meridian High School, she went on to attend Purdue University where she went on to win a NCAA National Title in 1999.
Douglas can attack the rim, but the best part of her game is her outside shooting. She finished Wednesday’s game with 13 points, four rebounds one assist, and one steal.
Tully Bevilaqua running the floor like a general as usual trying to find a passing lane before the defense can react.
No.8 is Tammy Sutton-Brown, the starting center for the Indian Fever and the tallest player on the Indiana roster. The 6-foot-5 Sutton Brown is a monster on the boards and always a dangerous low post scoring threat.
No.32 Ebony Hoffman can bang with the best of them down low. Just one look from her death-stare and you can tell she means business.
Briann January doing what she does best, setting her feet and firing away.
Shavonte Zellous is a newcomer to the Indiana Fever this year. Zellous was only a rookie last season but she was the biggest problem for the Indiana defense in the Eastern Conference Playoff Finals last year when she was a member of the Detroit Shock. The Shock not only lost a heartbreaking five game series to the Fever in 2009, but the team was later sold to Tulsa and the fire sale began. Indiana was wise in picking up the energetic Zellous who gives them great depth off the bench.
ANother new face in Indy this year is rookie Jené Morris who was picked in the first round of this year’s WNBA draft. She played her college ball at San Diego State.
Backup center Jessica Moore is a big body to defend down low and crash the boards.
Jessica Moore gets some sliding support from Katie Douglas low down on the blocks trying to keep Connecticut from taking the lead.
Indiana Fever head-coach Lin Dunn can’t understand what happened to her squad in the fourth quarter in which she saw her team go from leading 54-52 to losing 63-54 in a span of six minutes. During that fateful 360 seconds, the Fever went ice cold shooting 0-10 while the Connecticut Sun went on an 11-0 run.
The Connecticut Sun bench is excited about the big win in the Circle City.
It was a big win for the Connecticut Sun Wednesday afternoon in Indianapolis. With the win the bring their record to 11-8 for the season while the Indiana Fever fell to 11-7 for the year. The Fever are now just a 0.5 game ahead of the Sun for third place in the Eastern Conference standings. The two teams will meet one more time during the regular season in Connecticut on August 15, 2010.