Franchise shifting with Dunn set to retire, Douglas gone and Catchings aging

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Fever will begin the 15th season in franchise history on May 16 at Chicago, but already the 2014 campaign promises to be special.

As announced Tuesday by the Fever, Lin Dunn will retire as head coach at the end of the season. In her 37th season as a pro or college head coach – the last seven of which have been with the Fever – Dunn will be replaced on the bench in 2015 by current assistant Stephanie White.

“It’s time for a new challenge,” said Dunn, who will take a consulting role with the Fever. “I have truly treasured my time with Pacers Sports and Entertainment. I am thrilled that we won the 2012 WNBA championship for our franchise and our fans, and I appreciate the opportunity I’ve had to work with (general manager) Kelly Krauskopf, (president) Jim Morris and our owner, Herb Simon.”

As Dunn noted, the franchise highlight so far was the 2012 title. A championship repeat was thwarted last summer by a host of injuries, although the squad still made it to the Eastern Conference finals before bowing out. The most notable medical absence a year ago was that of Katie Douglas, who played only four games because of a bad back and has since returned to the Connecticut Sun, where she began her WNBA career.

The 2014 season is very much the beginning of a transition period for the Fever. In addition to the final go-around for a coaching Hall of Famer, a host of new faces dot the Indiana roster.

With just over a week to go before the Fever tip-off against Chicago, here’s how things stack up for Indy’s other professional basketball franchise:

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