Zellous and Achonwa to Miss Time with Indiana Fever in 2015

Official Release | May 13, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS National team commitments and Olympic qualification tournaments will force Indiana Fever stars Shavonte Zellous and Natalie Achonwa to miss time with the Fever during the 2015 season.

Zellous, a six-year WNBA veteran and a three-year starter with the Fever, recently became a naturalized citizen in Croatia in order to compete for a spot in the 2016 Olympics. She will compete with Croatia in the FIBA European Championships, June 11-28, in Hungary and Romania. She will be absent from Fever team activities beginning May 25.

Achonwa, a first-round draft pick by the Fever in the 2014 WNBA Draft, will compete in a pair of similar tournaments this summer while returning to the Canadian National Team. Achonwa averaged 7.2 points per game as a member of the 2012 Canadian squad that qualified for the Olympic quarterfinals in London. Canada is the host nation in this year's Pan Am Games in Toronto, July 16-20; as well as the 2015 FIBA Americas Championships in Edmonton, August 9-16.

The European Championships in June and the Americas Championships in August both are qualification events for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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