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2013-14 Indiana Fever offseason: Fever add Natasha Howard, Natalie Achonwa in 2014 WNBA draft

After winning the 2012 WNBA title the Indiana Fever fell short in the 2013 Eastern Conference Finals. Can they get back to the top in 2014 or will competition in the East be too tough?

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Mystics steal one against the Fever, 81-80

The Washington Mystics are still undefeated for the preseason after a character win led by their reserves.

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Lin Dunn to retire after 2014 WNBA season

On Tuesday, the Indiana Fever announced that Lin Dunn will retire at the end of the 2014 WNBA season. Associate head coach Stephanie White will replace her for the 2015 season.

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Indiana's Jeanette Pohlen out for 2014

The Indiana Fever announced Monday that Jeanette Pohlen will miss the 2014 WNBA season due to a torn left Achilles tendon.

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Round 3, Pick 5: Indiana selects Haiden Palmer

With the 29th pick in the 2014 draft, the Indiana Fever selected Haiden Palmer.

Wows: Palmer had the fifth-highest steal rate in the nation (5.7%) and has the instincts to match that ability. Otherwise, she can do a little bit of everything on the perimeter, which made her a key piece to the Gonzaga Bulldogs.

Wonders: She's not particularly efficient against mid-major competition, but can she become a capable on-ball defender in the WNBA?

Worries: She has never been a great three point shooter and that would have been something that would make her stick in the WNBA. It will be interesting to see if that's something she'll work on.

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Round 1, Pick 9: Indiana selects Natalie Achonwa

The Indiana Fever have selected Notre Dame post Natalie Achonwa with the ninth pick in the 2014 WNBA draft.

Wows: She's an excellent passer from the post and is unquestionably one of the smartest players in the draft. She's a fiery competitor who will have the ability to contribute in a number of ways.

Wonders: How much will she lose due to her ACL injury? She wasn't a player whose athleticism drove her productivity, but she has a long road back and will have to adjust to the league.

Worries: Achonwa scored a lot of her buckets off cuts to the basket from within Notre Dame's offense and struggled somewhat when forced to finish strong through contact. Additionally, she found herself in foul trouble on occasion when going up against the nation's quicker posts. Combined, the question is how effective she'll be against the stronger, more athletic posts of the WNBA once she does come back from injury.

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Round 1, Pick 5: Indiana selects Natasha Howard

With the fifth pick in the 2014 WNBA Draft, the Indiana Fever have selected Florida State's Natasha Howard.

Wows: She's an outstanding athlete who is obviously primarily a post player, but is not uncomfortable out on the wing either. Most importantly in terms of determining her pro potential, Howard is an outstanding offensive rebounder and the Fever can probably use that right away.

Wonders: How much does her rather slight frame matter for her ability to perform in the post against WNBA competition? And - people might forget this - she was recruited with some talk of playing the wing and has the quickness and shooting range to spend more time away from the basket. Is that something we can expect her to improve on over time?

Worries: Howard often rebounds and scores by avoiding contact. And she turned the ball over at a rather high rate when pressured. Will the physicality of the WNBA be a problem for her going forward?

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Indiana Fever sign Marissa Coleman

"The Indiana Fever, rebuilding their roster after losing two guards from the 2012 WNBA champions, on Friday announced that they have signed 6-1 wing Marissa Coleman to a multiyear, free-agent contract." - Indystar

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SA Mock Draft Pick 9: Who should Indy pick?

The mock draft continues as we head back to Indy to see what they will do with the ninth pick.

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Chicago Sky signs Jessica Breland to a contract

The Chicago Sky announced that forward Jessica Breland was signed to a contract. She played for the Indiana Fever in 2013.

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Jessica Davenport to retire from basketball

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Katie Douglas returns to Connecticut Sun

Indy decides not to match 2 yr max offer for Douglas.

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SA community mock draft: Who should Indy pick 5th?

After another tight contest with the fourth pick, we move on to the fifth pick.

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Indiana Fever statement on trading Erin Phillips

Krauskopf continued, "Erin is going into the final year of her contract and this trade allows us to bring in another young player through the draft, as well as add a young post player with Lynetta Kizer. Lynetta is a 6’4" post player who can score inside and out. She gives us significant help with interior scoring and rebounding."

From "Fever Lands Additional First Round Pick and Post Player In Trade with Phoenix" via FeverBasketball.com.
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Jasmine Hassell and Rachel Allison also in the Copa de la Reina Final

Indiana Fever's Jasmine Hassell and Baylor graduate Rachel Allison will also be playing the Copa de la Reina final, which will take place in Spain this afternoon. They both represent Rivas Ecopolis, who won, yesterday Ciudad de Burgos, 65-52, in the Cup semi-finals.

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