Indianapolis, IND – WNBA free agency is a whirlwind of changes and anticipation. Some of that eagerness, though, was relieved today for Indiana Fever Head Coach and General Manager Pokey Chatman as two of her players signed to return to the team.
Backup guard Jeannie Simmons and reverse center Jennifer Hamson both saw limited action last season but have both signed contracts to return to the Fever in 2018, according to the team’s press release.
Simms began her rookie season playing 10 games with the Washington Mystics before signing with Indiana in July as a replacement player after a plethora of injuries left the Fever without guards Shenise Johnson, Tiffany Mitchell and Briann January.
Simms, who was a second-round draft pick for the Mystics (18th overall) saw playing time in four games with the Fever and contributed nine points in a loss to the Minnesota Lynx at the end of August.
Hamson, a 6-7 center and two-year veteran of the WNBA, was drafted in 2017 by Los Angeles before joining the Fever in mid-July. The former two-sport All-American at BYU who also starred in volleyball, saw 12 games with Indiana and averaged 2.2 points and 2.1 rebounds per game while averaging 7.1 minutes. Her season-high was a contribution of 11 points during 15 minutes of play during a loss to Connecticut on July 30.