The Indiana Fever are set to honor Lin Dunn, who will be inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame this weekend.
Despite all the distractions, the legendary coach remains focused on beating her former team.
The Fever could come out extra motivated as they go for a sixth consecutive home win over the Seattle Storm on Wednesday night.
In her seventh and final season with Indiana (4-4), Dunn, who announced her retirement in May, will be feted during a pre-game ceremony. She is the winningest coach in franchise history with 123 victories.
"All I know really for sure is that (Wednesday) night we're celebrating diversity night, we're playing the Seattle Storm and we're trying to beat them," said Dunn, who served as Seattle's first coach from 2000-02. "The good news is by Thursday, that'll be behind us and we'll be focused on the Hall of Fame event on Saturday, and then Sunday everything will be behind us and we can really get focused on this team."
After its four-game winning streak was snapped with Saturday's 88-71 loss at Connecticut, Indiana is hoping to bounce back.
"To get a win over her (Dunn's) old team might be a little icing on the cake," said point guard Briann January, leading the Fever with 14.1 points per game. "Just play our basketball from start to finish. From the tip-off, we need to play Fever defense, we need to play together on offense and put each other in successful situations and just play hard for 40 minutes."
The Fever's last home loss to the Storm was a 65-59 defeat in 2008.
"Seattle's really tough," said Dunn, whose team continues to play without All-Star forward Tamika Catchings. "They're a scrappy little team. They're down a player or two, they remind me a lot of us. They defend hard, they play hard. I think the key for us is they're coming off (the first leg of) a back-to-back. We need to keep the tempo up, we need to attack, we need to run, we need to get to the free-throw line. We need to make it a real up-tempo game."
The Storm (4-6) are coming off consecutive wins for the first time after pulling out an 80-76 victory at Chicago on Tuesday. Guard Tanisha Wright led the way with 17 points while Sue Bird and Camille Little combined for 25 against the Sky, who were without superstar Elena Delle Donne.
Seattle, which beat defending WNBA champion Minnesota 65-62 on Friday, outscored Chicago 42-30 in the first half and led by as many as 17 before letting up a bit down the stretch.
"Defensively we've been playing better," coach Brian Agler said. "We didn't do real well in the second half or the fourth quarter."
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