MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — After fighting their way back, the Indiana Fever unfortunately couldn’t pull out the decisive game five, losing the the WNBA finals to the Minnesota Lynx.
But fans who were at a watch party for the game are trying to look on the bright side of things and stay positive.
The Fever hosted the party at the Ale Emporium on the north side. The sports bar set aside a large section just for Fever fans.
They were encouraged to wear red. Organizers also handed pom poms and signs for fans to wave around during the game.
By tip off, the place was absolutely jam packed.
The crowd was living and dying with every basket, foul and turnover. Unfortunately there were a lot of the ladder for the Fever.
The cheering quieted down as the Lynx started to pull away and eventually win.
Despite losing, Fever fans had nothing but good things to say about their team.
“Not great but we’re proud of the Fever anyway. True fans are going to be celebrating and proud of how the ladies did this whole journey,” said Rachel Buetens of Indianapolis
“I’m still super proud of the Fever,” said Stuart Davidson of Whitestown. “It’s been a record breaking season. First rookie head coach to make it to the finals. We got a lot of things to still be proud of. Not the way we wanted to finish but still an amazing season.”
Fans at the party said don’t think the Fever won’t be back in the finals again next year.
They’re confident thanks to head coach Stephanie White and knowing several key players will return including Tamika Catchings.
A welcome party will be held at Indianapolis International Airport Wednesday. The team should arrive around noon. Fans are encourage to arrive around 11:45 a.m. Food and drinks will be served.