The Indiana Fever are back in the WNBA Finals for the first time since 2012, once again facing the Minnesota Lynx for the right to lift the championship trophy. The Fever took down the Lynx in Game 1, 75-69. Game 2 tips off at 8:00 p.m. ET on ESPN2, listen locally on 1070 AM. Here’s why you should tune in.
When you watch the Fever, you get to see Tamika Catchings, one of the best women’s basketball players in the history of the sport. The 13-year pro is an Indianapolis staple and living legend and is still at the top of her game.
The Fever play in one of the world’s top arenas. There’s nothing quite like watching a basketball game in Banker’s Life Fieldhouse. You’ll be among the WNBA’s best and most raucous fans, who will be cheering their loudest to help their team bring home a second WNBA championship.
Championship at Stake
Opportunities like this don’t come around very often. It’s always a special occasion when a team plays for a championship. Hanging a banner is not only an exciting moment for the franchise, but the city as well, and the Fever are looking for their second championship, which would be more than every other Indianapolis professional sports team.
No Strain on Your Wallet
Tickets for the team’s WNBA Finals home games start at just $12! That’s an unbeatable price considering the venue and games at hand.
As the old saying goes, “In 49 states it’s just basketball, but this is Indiana.” Basketball means more here. It’s an important aspect of Indiana’s culture and connects us as Hoosiers. When basketball is being played, the “Indiana” thing to do is watch.
Playing the Way They’re Supposed To
The Fever play prototypical Indiana “team” basketball that would make any Hoosier proud. Sharing the ball is a priority, as seven players average more than eight points per game. The Fever are fun to watch and truly represent what basketball in Indiana is all about.
Down But Not Out
The Fever started their first two playoff series with a loss but rallied to win the next two games to advance. No matter the situation, the Fever never give up. Any fan can appreciate the squad’s grit, tenacity and desire.
The Fever have a history of winning. Counting this year, the team has qualified for the postseason 11 seasons in a row. The 11-year stretch includes eight conference finals and three WNBA Finals appearances and a championship in 2012.
The Head Coach
Stephanie White is an iconic figure in the state’s basketball history. The Seeger Memorial High School product was named Indiana Miss Basketball and the national player of the year by Gatorade and USA Today. She led Purdue to a national championship in 1999 and was named the national college player of the year that same season. White is the first rookie head coach in WNBA history to lead her team to the Finals. She epitomizes everything that’s great about basketball in the state of Indiana.
A Worthy Adversary
It’s been a standard season for the two-time WNBA champion Minnesota Lynx. They had the league’s second-best record, and this is their fourth WNBA Finals appearance in five seasons. Given their status as one of the WNBA’s best teams and the fact that this year’s Finals are a rematch of 2012, the Fever and Lynx are sure to give fans an entertaining series.