The Indiana Fever won their first WNBA championship on Sunday after 12 years of striving for a title. The series was all about which team wanted it more and Indiana was starving for a championship. The Fever stepped up and attacked the boards, played relentless on defense and worked as a team sharing the ball on offense.
The Minnesota Lynx never regained their true form after suffering that first loss at home and losing home court advantage. The one thing the Lynx can take from this series is motivation for next season. This is a team that showed no weaknesses throughout the season until they were exploited by Fever Coach Lin Dunn.
Tamika Catchings was the deserving MVP finishing with 25 points, but her most significant contribution is not on a stat sheet. Catchings biggest stat of the night as well as the series was the impact she had on her teammates. She stated that she decided to trust her teammates more and by doing that she instilled confidence in them.
Every player’s goal is to win a championship and to do that players sacrifice time away from family and other important things in this quest. There were many players in the WNBA Playoffs who deserved to win a title but none more deserving than Tamika Catchings. The 12-year veteran battled so many injuries and disappointing losses that players throughout the league and fans wanted her to win a championship. She is one of the hardest workers in the league and will go down in WNBA history as one of the most dominant players on both the offensive and defensive ends of the court.
Pat Summit, Catchings former college coach, was interviewed during the game and she said “Catchings is one of a kind!” Catchings now has that one of a kind championship under her belt. Many were saying it was her time and for a healthy Catchings for once time was on her side.
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