Winner for Best Picture
What better game took place than Tamika Catchings’ retirement game to close the 2016 regular season? A sellout crowd, the largest single-game revenue in club history and a 23-point blowout followed by an emotional postgame ceremony. Hands-down winner.
Winner for Best Lead Actress
Tamika Catchings closed her career 16-year WNBA career by averaging 12.7 points and 4.8 rebounds per game to lead the Fever in scoring once again.
Winner for Best Supporting Actress
This award is clearly the most competitive of all being presented. The Fever had SEVEN players end the season with scoring averages between 8.3 and 9.8 points per game in 2016. Eight different players registered games with at least 19 points, 10 different players reached double-figure scoring at least once. Can you say balance?
Erlana Larkins is annually a nearly unforgotten hero due to her limited points. Even among these comparisons, she was the club’s eighth-leading scorer at 8.3 points per game. But given the Fever’s balance, Larkins was called upon more as a rebounder, as usual. Her 7.4 boards per game ranked eighth in the WNBA. She posted six double-doubles in 2016 and was the only Indiana player to post double-digit rebounds in the regular season. Larkins posted a career-high 19 points in a see-saw win at Dallas in June.
Winner for Best Director
Considering last year’s 12th straight playoff berth and 13th overall, with a second-year coach and a retiring superstar and without the benefit of a top 4 draft pick since 2005, the Fever’s president and general manager, Kelly Krauskopf, deserves this award – albeit entirely off the court. She has almost single-handedly built the winning culture of a franchise that boasts three recent WNBA Finals appearances and more playoff games any team in league history.
Winner for Best Animated Feature
“And 1!” Erlana Larkins scores the bucket and shares her emotion with the cameras!
Winner for Best Documentary
Narrated by Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts, “From The Heart” tells Catchings’ story from childhood to celebrity, following the passions of her heart all the way to Olympics and WNBA stardom. The 8-minute video was the centerpiece of a preseason Legacy Luncheon that honored Indiana’s “once-in-a-lifetime player.”
Winner for Best Original Score
You like great passing? Take a look at this “picture-perfect” around-the-horn sequence (January to Larkins to Catchings) to help Marissa Coleman beat the halftime buzzer with a clutch 3-pointer at Connecticut!
Winner for Best Costume
Debuting in 2016, the Fever wore gold uniforms as their amplify color both at home and on the road.