Indiana Fever Sign 2020 WNBA Rookie of the Year Crystal Dangerfield to Hardship Exception Contract

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Fever announced today the team signed 2020 WNBA Rookie of the Year Crystal Dangerfield to a hardship exception contract. Dangerfield will wear No. 2 in Friday’s regular season opener at the Washington Mystics.

Ten players will be available for Indiana against the Mystics as Alaina Coates, Bria Hartley and Danielle Robinson had their contracts temporarily suspended to begin the regular season while fulfilling overseas commitments.

The 5-foot-5 guard, who was waived by the Minnesota Lynx earlier this week, finished her second WNBA season in 2021 appearing in 31 games while averaging 7.7 points, 2.0 rebounds and 2.8 assists in 20.1 minutes per game. During her 2020 Rookie-of-the-Year season, Dangerfield ranked second among rookies (11th overall) in scoring with a team-high 16.2 points per game and second among rookies in assists with a team-best 3.6 assists per game.

From 2016-20 at the University of Connecticut, Dangerfield helped the Huskies advance to three Final Four appearances.

Fans in Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio are able to stream Friday’s game at the Washington Mystics beginning at 7 p.m. ET on the Indiana Fever’s Facebook page.