Indiana Fever

Indiana Fever
Conference Eastern
Founded 2000
History Indiana Fever
Arena Bankers Life Fieldhouse
City Indianapolis, Indiana
Sponsor Finish Line, Inc.
Team colors Red, blue, yellow, white[1]
Owner(s) Herb Simon
General manager Kelly Krauskopf
Head coach Pokey Chatman
Assistant coaches Steven Key
Gary Kloppenburg
Championships 1 (2012)
Conference titles 3 (2009, 2012, 2015)
Mascot Freddy Fever
Official website

The Indiana Fever is a professional basketball team based in Indianapolis, Indiana, playing in the Eastern Conference in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). The team was founded before the inaugural 2000 season began. The team is owned by Herb Simon, who also owns the Fever's NBA counterpart, the Indiana Pacers, and Simon Malls.

The Fever has qualified for the WNBA Playoffs in thirteen of its seventeen years in Indiana. The franchise has been home to many high-quality players such as Tennessee standout Tamika Catchings, hometown favorite Katie Douglas, and Australian defensive specialist Tully Bevilaqua. In 2009, the Fever went to the WNBA Finals but fell short to Phoenix. On October 21, 2012, the Fever won the WNBA Championship with a win over the Minnesota Lynx. Tamika Catchings was named the series MVP.

Franchise history

Catching the Fever (2000–2004)

Lobby of Bankers Life Fieldhouse

The Indiana Fever team began in 2000, when the state was granted an expansion franchise to coincide with the opening of Bankers Life Fieldhouse (then Conseco Fieldhouse). In their first two seasons, they were coached by women's basketball legends Anne Donovan and Nell Fortner. Led by center Kara Wolters, in their inaugural campaign the team posted a record of 9–23.

The Fever drafted University of Tennessee star Tamika Catchings in the 2001 WNBA Draft. The Fever went into the year with high expectations of a playoff berth, but Catchings tore her ACL during a college game and missed the entire WNBA season. The Fever posted a 10–22 record in 2001.

After missing the entire 2001 season, the 2002 season proved to be the breakout season for Tamika Catchings and the Fever. Catchings came out strong and became one of the most versatile players in the WNBA, easily winning Rookie of the Year honors as well as making the WNBA All-Star team. Her team competed well all year and would post a respectable 16–16 record, tying for the final playoff spot with the Orlando Miracle. Indiana would win the tiebreaker and earn their first playoff appearance in franchise history. They drew the #1 seed in the playoffs, the Liberty; with the Fever losing two games to one.

The 2002–2003 offseason brought a lot of change for the Fever. The team added Olympian Natalie Williams and Charlotte Sting star Kelly Miller before the 2003 season. During the offseason the original coach and GM Nell Fortner would resign. Kelly Krauskopf would replace Fortner as GM and immediately hire Brian Winters to be the head coach. On May 29, 2003 the Fever registered their first sellout of 18,345 and defeated the Washington Mystics on national television. The team would do better under the new coaching, but missed the playoffs, posting a 16–18 record.

The 2004 campaign was very similar to 2003's. The Fever finished with a 15–19 record. They missed the playoffs by one game in the Eastern Conference.

Heating Up (2005–2007)

In 2005, the Fever had their best season since joining the league, posting a 21–13 record, and making the playoffs for just the second time. In the first round, the Fever swept the New York Liberty two games to none, earning their first playoff series victory in franchise history. In the Eastern Conference Finals, the Fever faced the heavily favored Connecticut Sun. Game 1 came down to the final seconds when Katie Douglas hit a crucial three to win the game for the Sun. Game 2 went into overtime, with the Sun winning, thus sweeping the Fever two games to none.

In the 2005–2006 offseason, the Fever acquired All-Star Anna DeForge from the Phoenix Mercury in exchange for Kelly Miller. Later that offseason the Fever made another All-Star addition by signing free agent Tamika Whitmore from the Los Angeles Sparks. In the 2006 WNBA Draft they selected athletic swing-forward La'Tangela Atkinson from the North Carolina Tar Heels along with Kasha Terry from the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets.

Outside Bankers Life Fieldhouse, home of the Fever

The Fever started the 2006 season off at 4–0 and jumped out to an early lead in the Eastern Conference standings. Teammates Tamika Catchings and Tully Bevilaqua led the league in steals, first and second respectively, the first time teammates led the league in one statistical category. The Fever posted a 21–13 record, making the playoffs for the second year in a row. In the first round, the Fever would face arch rival Detroit. Detroit won Game 1 in Indianapolis and held a one-game to nothing lead in the series. Game 2 in Detroit was a high scoring affair with Tamika Whitmore scoring a WNBA Playoff record 41 points. Detroit won in the end, 98–83 and won the series two games to none.

Going into the 2006–2007 off-season, the Fever looked to improve their post play. In the Dispersal Draft, the Fever would add veteran forward Sheri Sam from the Charlotte Sting. Kelly Krauskoft and the front office then set their eyes on key Free Agent Center Tammy Sutton-Brown, signing her on March 22, 2007. The Fever would also select 6–7 center Alison Bales from Duke University in the 2007 WNBA Draft to go along with Sutton-Brown.

Going into the 2007 season, the Fever had their eyes set on the WNBA Finals. They started off the season strong, winning 16 out of their first 20 games, which was the best 20 game start in history of the Eastern Conference. Then on July 20, key player Tamika Catchings would injure her foot and would miss the rest of the regular season. The injury was later revealed as a partial tear of her plantar fascia. The Fever would finish 5–9 without Catchings. They managed to win the #2 seed in the Eastern Conference Playoffs, beating out the Connecticut Sun. They played the same Sun team in first round of the playoffs. Game 1 in Connecticut was an epic battle, going three overtimes with the Sun hanging on to win Game 1, 93–88. The Fever would win Game 2 at home by double digits forcing a decisive Game 3. In game 3, the Fever would find themselves down by 22 points late halfway through the 3rd quarter. The Fever battled back to win Game 3 in overtime by the same score as Game 1 93–88. The 22-point comeback was the largest comeback in WNBA Playoff history. In the Eastern Conference Finals, the Fever played their other hated rival, the Detroit Shock. The Fever would grab an early lead in the series, winning Game 1 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. With the team just 1 game away from the WNBA Finals the Fever traveled to Detroit. In Game 2, the game would be close until the 2nd quarter, when the Shock would blow the game wide open with a 14–0 run, and would easily win the game. With a spot in the Finals up for grabs in Game 3, the Fever would start off the game with an early 17–3 lead. Then late in the first half Catchings went down with another injury; she had completely torn her Achilles tendon. The Shock ended up winning Game 3, 85–61.

Cooling Down (2008)

On October 26, 2007, the Fever announced that they declined the option for head coach Brian Winters, ending his four-year tenure in charge.[2] He compiled a 78–58 regular season record with a 5–7 playoff record. On December 12, 2007 assistant coach Lin Dunn was named his successor to the job as head coach.[3]

In one of the biggest trades in WNBA history, the Fever traded Tamika Whitmore and their first-round pick in the 2008 WNBA Draft for Indianapolis native, Katie Douglas on February 19, 2008.[4]

The Fever were part of the Liberty Outdoor Classic, which was the first regular-season professional basketball game played outdoors. It was played between the Fever and New York Liberty at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Flushing, New York on July 19, 2008 with the Fever winning the game, 71–55.

During the 2008 season, the Fever struggled in comparison to the three previous seasons. They finished with a 17–17 record, good for fourth place in the playoffs. Meeting the Detroit Shock in the first round, the Fever lost in three games.

Feeling the Fever (2009–2012)

After a disappointing 2008 season, the Fever were looking to improve in 2009. Indiana Pacers owners had said the Fever have been losing money. Perhaps the only thing to save the Fever from folding in the near future, the owners inferred, was for the Fever to be successful on the court and at the box office. The Fever took the owners' ultimatum to heart and reached the playoffs as the first seed overall in the Eastern Conference with a franchise best record of 22–12. In the first round, the Fever ousted the Washington Mystics in a sweep, marking their return to the conference finals. In the East finals, again facing their rival Detroit Shock, they reached their first ever WNBA Finals by defeating the Shock in three games. The Fever then lost in 5 games to the Phoenix Mercury in the WNBA Finals.

Because of the success in 2009, the Fever announced they would remain in Indianapolis for 2010. Their 2011 season in Indianapolis was also confirmed as well.

In 2012, the Fever advanced to the 2012 WNBA Finals. Indiana then defeated the Minnesota Lynx, 3 games to 1. It was the Fever's first WNBA title.

Continuing the Reign (2012–2016)

After the Fever won the 2012 WNBA championship, the ownership group took notice of their management – by promoting general manager Kelly Krauskopf to president of the franchise.[5] Krauskopf has been giving additional duites within the franchise as well as a pay increase.[6] The Fever competed for another title in 2015, reaching the finals for the third time in franchise history, but fell short losing to the Minnesota Lynx in five games. In 2016, the Fever made it to the playoffs for the 12th consecutive time (the current WNBA record for most consecutive playoff appearances by a team).[7] However, the Fever were upset in the first round elimination game against the Phoenix Mercury after the league's new playoff format was in effect. This game also marked the final game of Tamika Catchings's playing career, Catchings was known as the Fever's franchise player since 2002.

Post-Catchings era (2016–present)

On Novemeber 18, 2016, it was announced that the Fever hired Pokey Chatman as their new head coach.[8]


Season-by-season records


Current roster

Indiana Fever roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Height Weight DOB From Yrs
C 11 Canada Achonwa, Natalie 6' 4" (1.93m) 183 lb (83kg) 11-22-1992 Notre Dame 1
F 24 United States Catchings, Tamika 6' 1" (1.85m) 167 lb (76kg) 07-21-1979 Tennessee 14
G/F 25 United States Coleman, Marissa 6' 1" (1.85m) 160 lb (73kg) 01-04-1987 Maryland 7
G 20 United States January, Briann 5' 8" (1.73m) 144 lb (65kg) 01-11-1987 Arizona State 7
G 42 United States Johnson, Shenise 5' 11" (1.8m) 172 lb (78kg) 12-09-1990 Miami (FL) 4
F 12 United States Kizer, Lynetta 6' 4" (1.93m) 230 lb (104kg) 04-04-1990 Maryland 4
F 2 United States Larkins, Erlana 6' 1" (1.85m) 205 lb (93kg) 04-02-1986 North Carolina 6
G 33 United States Lucas, Maggie 5' 10" (1.78m) 152 lb (69kg) 11-29-1991 Penn State 2
G 3 United States Mitchell, Tiffany 5' 9" (1.75m) 152 lb (69kg) 09-23-1984 South Carolina R
F 14 United States Peters, Devereaux 6' 2" (1.88m) 174 lb (79kg) 10-08-1989 Notre Dame 4
G 32 United States Pohlen, Jeanette 6' 0" (1.83m) 171 lb (78kg) 05-02-1989 Stanford 4
G 17 United States Wheeler, Erica 5' 7" (1.7m) 143 lb (65kg) 05-02-1991 Rutgers 1

Head coach
United States Pokey Chatman (LSU)
Assistant coaches
United States Steven Key (Boston)
United States Gary Kloppenburg (UC San Diego)
Athletic trainer
United States Todd Champlin (Daemen)
Strength and conditioning coach
United States David Williams (Central Florida)

  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  • Injured

WNBA roster page

Former players

Coaches and staff


Head coaches

Indiana Fever head coaches
Name Start End Seasons Regular season Playoffs
Anne Donovan August 17, 1999 end of 2000 1 9 23 .281 32 0 0 .000 0
Nell Fortner August 17, 1999 September 26, 2003 3 42 56 .429 98 1 2 .333 3
Brian Winters December 11, 2003 October 26, 2007 4 78 58 .574 136 5 7 .417 12
Lin Dunn December 12, 2007 end of 2014 7 135 103 .567 238 23 18 .561 41
Stephanie White September 23, 2014 end of 2016 2 37 31 .544 68 6 6 .500 12
Stephanie White, head coach

General managers

Assistant coaches


Indiana Fever statistics

Media coverage

Currently, some Fever games are broadcast on Fox Sports Indiana (FS-I), which is a local television station for the state of Indiana. More often than not, NBA TV will pick up the feed from the local broadcast, which is shown nationally. Broadcasters for the Fever games are Debbie Antonelli and Chris Denari.

Games are radio broadcast locally on WFNI in which Denari and Kevin Lee act as announcers.

All games (excluding blackout games, which are available on are broadcast to the WNBA LiveAccess game feeds on the league website. Furthermore, some Fever games are broadcast nationally on ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC. The WNBA has reached an eight-year agreement with ESPN, which will pay right fees to the Fever, as well as other teams in the league.[9]

All-time notes

Regular season attendance

Regular season all-time attendance
Year Average High Low Sellouts Total for year WNBA game average
2000 11,267 (4th) 13,178 9,006 0 180,270 9,074
2001 8,683 (8th) 15,198 7,021 0 138,922 9,075
2002 8,434 (9th) 15,488 5,670 0 134,945 9,228
2003 8,340 (8th) 18,345 5,927 1 141,778 8,800
2004 7,589 (10th) 9,656 6,112 0 129,018 8,613
2005 8,382 (7th) 9,823 6,597 0 142,494 8,172
2006 7,204 (10th) 9,312 5,554 0 122,468 7,476
2007 7,227 (11th) 10,542 5,058 0 122,855 7,742
2008 7,702 (10th) 10,533 6,010 0 130,941 7,948
2009 7,939 (6th) 10,050 5,904 0 134,964 8,039
2010 8,265 (6th) 10,076 6,853 0 140,504 7,834
2011 8,052 (7th) 11,521 6,024 0 136,915 7,954
2012 7,582 (6th) 9,403 6,041 0 128,897 7,452
2013 8,164 (4th) 10,756 6,283 0 138,795 7,531
2014 7,900 (6th) 10,625 5,632 0 134,306 7,578
2015 7,485 (5th) 12,189 6,433 0 127,244 7,183

Draft picks




Honors and awards

  • 2002 Rookie of the Year: Tamika Catchings
  • 2002 All-WNBA First Team: Tamika Catchings
  • 2003 All-WNBA First Team: Tamika Catchings
  • 2004 All-WNBA Second Team: Tamika Catchings
  • 2004 Most Improved Player: Kelly Miller
  • 2005 All-WNBA Second Team: Tamika Catchings
  • 2005 Defensive Player of the Year: Tamika Catchings
  • 2005 All-Defensive First Team: Tamika Catchings
  • 2005 All-Defensive First Team: Tully Bevilaqua
  • 2005 All-Rookie Team: Tan White
  • 2006 All-Decade Team: Tamika Catchings
  • 2006 All-WNBA First Team: Tamika Catchings
  • 2006 Defensive Player of the Year: Tamika Catchings
  • 2006 All-Defensive First Team: Tamika Catchings
  • 2006 All-Defensive First Team: Tully Bevilaqua
  • 2007 All-WNBA Second Team: Tamika Catchings
  • 2007 Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award: Tully Bevilaqua
  • 2007 All-Defensive First Team: Tamika Catchings
  • 2007 All-Defensive Second Team: Tully Bevilaqua
  • 2008 Most Improved Player: Ebony Hoffman
  • 2008 All-Defensive First Team: Tamika Catchings
  • 2008 All-Defensive First Team: Tully Bevilaqua
  • 2009 All-WNBA First Team: Tamika Catchings
  • 2009 All-WNBA Second Team: Katie Douglas
  • 2009 Defensive Player of the Year: Tamika Catchings
  • 2009 All-Defensive First Team: Tamika Catchings
  • 2009 All-Defensive First Team: Tully Bevilaqua
  • 2010 All-WNBA First Team: Tamika Catchings
  • 2010 All-WNBA Second Team: Katie Douglas
  • 2010 Defensive Player of the Year: Tamika Catchings
  • 2010 Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award: Tamika Catchings
  • 2010 All-Defensive First Team: Tamika Catchings
  • 2010 All-Defensive Second Team: Tully Bevilaqua
  • 2010 All-Defensive Second Team: Katie Douglas
  • 2011 Most Valuable Player: Tamika Catchings
  • 2011 All-WNBA First Team: Tamika Catchings
  • 2011 All-Defensive First Team: Tamika Catchings
  • 2011 All-Defensive Second Team: Katie Douglas
  • 2012 Finals Most Valuable Player: Tamika Catchings
  • 2012 Defensive Player of the Year: Tamika Catchings
  • 2012 All-WNBA First Team: Tamika Catchings
  • 2012 All-Defensive First Team: Tamika Catchings
  • 2012 All-Defensive First Team: Briann January
  • 2013 Most Improved Player: Shavonte Zellous
  • 2013 Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award: Tamika Catchings
  • 2013 All-WNBA Second Team: Tamika Catchings
  • 2013 All-Defensive First Team: Tamika Catchings
  • 2013 All-Defensive Second Team: Briann January
  • 2014 All-Defensive First Team: Briann January
  • 2014 All-Defensive Second Team: Tamika Catchings
  • 2015 All-Rookie Team: Natalie Achonwa
  • 2015 All-Defensive First Team: Tamika Catchings
  • 2015 All-Defensive First Team: Briann January
  • 2015 All-WNBA Second Team: Tamika Catchings
  • 2016 Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award: Tamika Catchings
  • 2016 All-Defensive First Team: Briann January
  • 2016 All-Defensive Second Team: Tamika Catchings
  • 2016 All-Rookie Team: Tiffany Mitchell


  1. "Indiana Fever Reproduction Guideline Sheet". NBA Media Central. Retrieved July 2, 2016.
  2. "Fever Declines Option On Winters Contract". 2007-10-26. Retrieved 2008-02-19.
  3. "Dunn Named Fever's Fourth Head Coach". 2007-12-12. Retrieved 2008-02-19.
  4. "Fever Acquires Hometown Star Katie Douglas In Trade With Connecticut". 2008-02-19. Retrieved 2008-02-19.
  5. "FEVER: Kelly Krauskopf Promoted to President". Retrieved 2013-03-22.
  6. "Kelly Krauskopf promoted to president of Indiana Fever – ESPN". 2012-10-30. Retrieved 2013-03-22.
  7. Indiana Fever Clinch Playoff Berth!
  8. Indiana Fever Named Pokey Chatman As Head Coach
  9. "WNBA Extends TV Rights Deal with ESPN and ABC". Sports Business. June 18, 2007. Archived from the original on November 10, 2009. Retrieved 2009-08-04.
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Minnesota Lynx
WNBA Champions
2012 (First title)
Succeeded by
Minnesota Lynx
Preceded by
Detroit Shock
WNBA Eastern Conference Champions
2009 (First title)
Succeeded by
Atlanta Dream
Preceded by
Atlanta Dream
WNBA Eastern Conference Champions
2012 (Second title)
Succeeded by
Atlanta Dream
Preceded by
Chicago Sky
WNBA Eastern Conference Champions
2015 (Third title)
Succeeded by
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