The July addition of Cappie Pondexter was as important for leadership, stability and a locker room presence for the Indiana Fever, as much as it was for her on-court performance. Sure, Pondexter averaged 10.2 points and 2.6 assists through 17 games and 14 starts with the Fever, but her value was felt as much by veterans Candice Dupree and Natalie Achonwa who welcomed another leader onto a roster filled with rookies and youngsters.
The 35-year old, 13-year veteran entered the starting lineup on July 13, with Indiana averaging 75 points and 13 turnovers per game. Pokey Chatman replaced backcourt youngsters Kelsey Mitchell and Tiffany Mitchell with Pondexter and fourth-year guard Erica Wheeler, with the thought to minimize turnovers and help the Fever get off to a better start each game. The result was 78 points per game over the season’s last five weeks, and three fewer turnovers per game.
Pondexter turned in high scoring games with 18 points in a home win over Dallas, and a “vintage Cappie” performance in the season finale at Chicago, pacing the Fever with 22 points including 20 as part of a second-half comeback.
Fever Sign Veteran Guard Cappie Pondexter