January 18, 2024 

Locked On Women’s Basketball: Indiana Fever’s Grace Berger is everywhere

If you live in Indiana, you might see Berger at a high school game this month

In the latest episode of Locked On Women’s Basketball, Howard Megdal interviews Indiana Fever guard Grace Berger. They talk about Berger’s rookie season in the WNBA, her alma mater Indiana and the Big Ten, and much more.

Continue reading with a subscription to The Next

Get unlimited access to women’s basketball coverage and help support our hardworking staff of writers, editors, and photographers by subscribing today.

Join today

Berger discusses her adjustment to the WNBA and what she’ll keep working on in her second season:

“I definitely think being a point guard is the most difficult position in terms of guard positions in the WNBA, just because you’re being pressured full court, you have to call a play, you have to hear what Coach wants and execute it, [and you have to] get people where they need to be. So that’s something I definitely want to work on. I enjoy having the ball on my hands; I always have. … But I think at the pro level, it’s just a next step.

“So that’s something that I worked on continuously last season, I’m going to continue to work on in the offseason, [and I’ll] continue to focus on going into next season. And I think a big part of that for me is just off the court and on the court being more vocal. Obviously, I’m shy, I’m introverted. But I think I know what to say, especially going into my second year. I have a year under my belt, a year of playing under Coach Christie [Sides] and playing with Aliyah [Boston], playing with NaLyssa [Smith], playing with Kelsey [Mitchell], knowing where they like the ball, knowing what they want to get to, knowing what calls to make in certain situations. So … I feel like I’ve already taken steps in the right direction.”

Related reading: 2024 WNBA free agency preview: Indiana Fever

The Next, a 24/7/365 women’s basketball newsroom

The Next: A basketball newsroom brought to you by The IX. 24/7/365 women’s basketball coverage, written, edited and photographed by our young, diverse staff and dedicated to breaking news, analysis, historical deep dives and projections about the game we love.

This offseason, Berger’s activities include participating in knockout tournaments in high school gyms across her home state of Indiana ahead of the NBA All-Star Game in February. She tells Megdal about what it means for her to be involved in the buildup to the NBA All-Star Game:

“It’s awesome for me personally. Obviously, I’m just a basketball junkie in general; I love basketball, all things basketball. So the NBA is … one of the highest levels of that, along with the WNBA. So any time I could be around that and just watch those superstars, how they handle themselves up close and personal, and then kind of get to learn from them by just watching them and just be around greatness, I think it’s super fun for me.

“And then obviously, I kind of have a history here in Indiana. I love the community. They’ve been so great to me. So now to be kind of on the side where I can give back and interact with them, get to meet them in places I might not have been before, it’s super special, super fun. And I’m really just grateful for the opportunity.”

Get 24/7 soccer coverage with The Equalizer

The Next is partnering with The Equalizer to bring more women’s sports stories to your inbox. Subscribe to The Next now and receive 50% off your subscription to The Equalizer for 24/7 coverage of women’s soccer.

Make sure to subscribe to the Locked On Women’s Basketball podcast to keep learning about the WNBA, women’s college basketball, basketball history and much more!

Add Locked On Women’s Basketball to your daily routine

Here at The Next, in addition to the 24/7/365 written content our staff provides, we also host the daily Locked On Women’s Basketball podcast. Join us Monday through Saturday each week as we discuss all things WNBA, collegiate basketball, basketball history and much more. Listen wherever you find podcasts or watch on YouTube.

Written by The Next

Leave a Comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.