INDIANAPOLIS – Everything is starting to look a little more normal when the Indiana Fever take the floor.
Erin Phillips and Jeanette Pohlen are back in the lineup after spending much of the first half of the seasons on the sidelines with injuries. While not at full speed, Katie Douglas has been able to participate in some shooting drills in practice.
As the health has returned to the team so has an improvement in their record, which now sits at .500 after a 1-7 start to the season.
“The last couple of games with everybody together that flows been there,” said guard Briann January of the Fever-who have won 10 of their last 14 games. “That defensive intensity has been there, just an understanding of our system. It’s nice to have everyone on the same page.”
Perhaps the next week will help the Fever to do so even more as they embark on their annual trip to the West Coast for a trio of games. It begins Wednesday night against Brittany Griner and the Mercury in Phoenix then shifts to a match-up with the Sparks in Los Angeles on Friday and then a trip north to Seattle for a game Saturday evening with the Storm.
“I think this is a great test for us,” said guard Tamika Catchings of the west coast swing. “Especially right now playing really well as a team. So to keep building off that, this is a good test for us.”
Head coach Lin Dunn says it could be a great thing for the team as they gear up for a run at the WNBA Playoffs. At the moment the 11-11 Fever are the third in the Eastern Conference standings-a game-and-a-half behind Atlanta for second and 2.5 back of Chicago for the top spot in the conference.
Despite the travel, Dunn thinks the team may actually be able to catch their breath for the homestretch on the road.
“I think sometimes we get more rest on the road,” said Dunn. “They’re not at home, they don’t have distractions with appearances and all that stuff going. I know I get a little more rest maybe while we’re on the road. So it will be an opportunity for them to spend time together.”