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Fever/Storm game full of connections

June 17, 2011 3:58pm
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If you’re tuning in tonight to the Indiana Fever/Seattle Storm tonight, you’re going to see more than a possible 2011 WNBA Finals preview. What you’re going to see are a multitude of connections between the two teams.

Connection #1: Seattle’s Lauren Jackson and Belinda Snell, along with Indiana’s Erin Phillips, are three members of the Australian women’s basketball national team (Opals). In fact, Phillips originally signed with Seattle this past February but was traded to Indiana as part of the deal to acquire Katie Smith.

Connection #2: Seattle’s Ashley Robinson and Indiana’s Tamika Catchings, Shyra Ely, and Shannon Bobbitt are all former Tennessee Lady Vols. Catchings and Robinson were teammates for a year (2001) while Robinson and Ely were teammates for three years (2002-04).

Connection #3: Indiana Fever head coach Lin Dunn was the first coach/GM of the Seattle Storm. Two of her draftees are playing in tonight’s game, and you might have heard of them (2001: Lauren Jackson and 2002: Sue Bird, both #1 overall picks).

Connection #4: Indiana’s Briann January is a native of the state of Washington. She was born in Spokane.

To the point, Part 3 (Indiana Fever)

May 24, 2011 6:53am
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The Indiana Fever once again made the playoffs in 2010, but their season did not turn out as planned. An early start to training camp (with several starters battling for the Turkish League title), injuries, lack of rebounding, and an improved Eastern Conference meant that the then defending Eastern Conference champions would have to protect their title without home court advantage (which didn’t happen thanks to the Liberty). A major reason for Indy’s decline in 2010 had to do with point guard instability.

Though anointed the starter at the beginning of the season, Briann January would once again lose her spot to veteran Tully Bevilaqua, whose style of play meshed better with the ball-dominant superstar wing duo in Tamika Catchings and Katie Douglas. This season, however, it appears that the point guard position will be more of an open competition between the 24-year-old January and Australian national team member and Euroleague star Erin Phillips, who is only 26.  Regardless of who starts at the point, the starter will be at least a decade younger than the seasoned vet Bevilaqua (who now plays for the San Antonio Silver Stars).  Will the Fever’s championship aspirations receive a boost thanks to more youth at the point or will they stumble due to [relative] inexperience?  Stay tuned!

Indiana will play its first game of the preseason against the Minnesota Lynx at 12pm central time in St. Paul, Minnesota (Concordia University).

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