Part of the WNBA’s Eastern Conference, the Indiana Fever joined the league in 2000. As a sister franchise to the Indiana Pacers, the Fever have called Indianapolis home since their inception and they also play their games at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
The Fever’s first two coaches, Anne Donovan and Nell Fortner, were unable to coax a winning record out of the team, combining for a 51-79 between 2000 and 2003; however, the team soared under Brian Winters.
Winters took over on the bench in 2004 and after a 15-19 mark in his first season, he guided Indiana to three straight 21-13 records. It was not until Lin Dunn’s arrival, though, that the Fever managed to secure an appearance in the WNBA Finals.
Indiana posted a 22-12 record in Dunn’s second year, 2009, and it reached the championship round that same season. The Fever lost to the Phoenix Mercury in five games, but they would return to the Finals again in 2012.
Tamika Catchings, the 2011 WNBA MVP, would lead the Fever to a 3-1 series win over the Minnesota Lynx, giving the club its first title. Catchings claimed Finals MVP honors as well, averaging 23 points per game for the series.
Indiana reached its third WNBA Finals in 2015, this time losing to the Lynx in five games. The Fever compiled a 20-14 regular season record under new head coach Stephanie White; they defeated the Chicago Sky and New York Liberty in reaching the Finals.