Indiana Fever: WNBA champions

Here’s a formula for a championship:

Twice start off 0-1 in best-of-three series. Lose your hottest scorer. Go on the road for 12 days. Play the defending champion that features three Olympic gold medalists.

The Indiana Fever did it, and they were able to win it. Tamika Catchings scored 25 points and added the only missing element on her distinguished basketball resume: WNBA champion.

The Fever completed an improbable run through the playoffs, beating the Minnesota Lynx 87-78 Sunday night to win the the best-of-five series 3-1 before a crowd of 15,213 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Really puts the win in perspective, doesn’t it?

Be honest: how many expected the Fever to win after Katie Douglas rolled her ankle?

Photo gallery.

Tamika Catchings is playoffs MVP! Video.

Post-game press conference snippet.

Another great pic with the AP story.

But this is the best one: Coach Pat Summitt made the trip for the game. She and Catchings met up afterward.

The Lynx’s road to repeat hit a dead end.

I’m sure ESPN will have a million more stories tomorrow, and I need to let some thoughts marinate too.

Right now I’m just going to enjoy the fact that two hours after the trophy presentation ceremony, Tamika Catchings is still trending on twitter.

Well, well-deserved.