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Tamika Catchings
WNBA's Indiana Fever  – No. 24
Small forward
Born July 21, 1979 (1979-07-21) (age 30)
Stratford, New Jersey
Nationality American
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight 167 lb (76 kg)
College Tennessee
Draft 3rd overall, 2001
Indiana Fever
WNBA career 2002–present
Profile WNBA Info Page
WNBA Teams
Indiana Fever (2002-present)
Awards and Honors
Member of All-Decade Team
Olympic Gold Medalist (2004, 2008)
WNBA Defensive Player of the Year Award (2005, 2006, 2009)
WNBA Rookie of the Year (2002)
Only basketball player ever credited with a quintuple-double.
Olympic medal record
Women's Basketball
Gold 2004 Athens USA
Gold 2008 Beijing USA
Competitor for  United States
World Championships
Bronze 2006 Brazil USA

Tamika Devonne Catchings (born July 21, 1979 in Stratford, New Jersey) is an American WNBA player who plays for the Indiana Fever and Turkish Giant Galatasaray. She is a prolific scorer close to and far from the basket, as well as a capable rebounder, ball handler and defender. After playing at Adlai E. Stevenson High School (Lincolnshire, IL) and graduating from Duncanville High School, Tamika Catchings became one of the stars of the University of Tennessee women's basketball team. In 2001, she was drafted by the Indiana Fever. After sitting out her rookie year due to injury, she had an all-star rookie season in 2002.

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Career

Catchings played for Duncanville High School in Duncanville, Texas, where she was named a WBCA All-American.[1] She participated in the WBCA High School All-America Game where she scored twelve points.[2] She is also the only player to ever be officially credited with scoring a quintuple double.

Catchings was an All-American with the Tennessee Lady Volunteers basketball for 1997-2001. As a freshman on the undefeated 1997-98 National Champions, she was part of the "Three Meeks" with Semeka Randall and Chamique Holdsclaw. Catchings was drafted by the Indiana Fever in 2001. Unable to play her rookie season, she had an outstanding year in 2002 and was named WNBA Rookie of the Year for that year. She has led Indiana Fever in points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks in all six of her WNBA seasons. Catchings played for the USA Women's Basketball Team at the 2004 Summer Olympic Games in Athens, Greece, helping the team win the gold medal.

In 2005, she scored her 2,000th point in the WNBA. With this she became the fastest player to score 2000 career points in the WNBA, reaching the milestone in only four seasons of play. She is also the fastest to 1,000 rebounds, 400 assists, and 300 steals. In 2005, Catchings was also named the WNBA Defensive Player of the Year. Catchings then repeated as Defensive Player of the Year in 2006. She was again named Defensive Player of the Year in 2009. Also during the 2009 season she lead her Indiana Fever to their first ever Eastern Conference championship, however they fell short in their quest to win the WNBA title as they were defeated in five games by the Phoenix Mercury.

In 2006, she was voted in to the 2006 WNBA All-Star Game, and was also the leading vote-getter, but had to sit out because of a foot injury. At half-time she was announced as a member of the All-Decade Team along with 9 other players and former Comets coach Van Chancellor.

Catchings is a 5-time WNBA All-Star and 5-time All-WNBA selection. She is also President of the WNBA Players Association.

USA Basketball

Catchings was invited to the USA Basketball Women's National Team training camp in the fall of 2009.[3] The team selected to play for the 2010 FIBA World Championship and the 2012 Olympics is usually chosen from these participants. At the conclusion of the training camp, the team will travel to Ekaterinburg, Russia, where they compete in the 2009 UMMC Ekaterinburg International Invitational.[3] Tamika Catchings

European career

Personal

Catchings is the daughter of former NBA player Harvey Catchings. Her sister Tauja also played basketball at Stevenson and the University of Illinois, was drafted by the WNBA and now plays in Sweden. Tamika's cousin Bobby is a starting forward for Eastern Illinois University's basketball team. Tamika majored in Sports Management at the University of Tennessee.

Catchings helped Stevenson High School (Lincolnshire, Illinois) to Illinois' IHSA Div. AA State Championship in her Sophomore year in 1995 under head coach Frank Mattucci before moving to Texas.[4] Her sophomore year at Stevenson she won Illinois Ms. Basketball (which at the time was the youngest player to ever win the award). In addition to leading Duncanville High to the state basketball title in her senior season (she played only two years at Duncanville after moving from the Chicago area), she also led the volleyball team to its only state title as a junior.

Catchings was born with a hearing disability, she wore a hearing aid as a young girl. In 2000, she was honored with the Reynolds Society Achievement Award by the world-famous Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary in Boston. Catchings is a leading figure in the Indianapolis community, having started the Catch the Stars Foundation, Inc. which helps disadvantaged youth achieve their dreams. On June 24, 2008 Catchings was awarded the Dawn Staley Community Leadership Award for her work in the Indianapolis community with her foundation.[5]

Catchings refereed a game of 3-on-3 basketball played by Barack Obama along with local students Kokomo, Indiana at the Maple Crest Middle School on April 25, 2008. Fever teammate Alison Bales also played on Obama's team.

Awards and achievements

Notes

  1. ^ "1997 WBCA High School All-Americans". WBCA. http://www.wbca.org/97-HSAA.asp. Retrieved 2009-10-28. 
  2. ^ "1997 WBCA High School All-America Game". WBCA. http://www.wbca.org/upload/1997HSAAG.htm. Retrieved 2009-10-28. 
  3. ^ a b "USA Basketball Women's National Team To Tip-Off Training Tomorrow In D.C.". USA Basketball. http://usabasketball.com/news.php?news_page=09_wnt_fall_invitees_add_rm. Retrieved 2009-10-01. 
  4. ^ Williams, Lena. "OLYMPICS; Taking a Legacy To New Heights", The New York Times, August 3, 2004. Accessed November 4, 2007. "Even now that Tamika, 25, is a star in her own right, her father's legacy continues to shadow her. It was there at Adlai E. Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, Ill."
  5. ^ "Indiana’s Tamika Catchings Named Dawn Staley Community Leadership Award Recipient". WNBA.com. 2008-06-24. http://aol.wnba.com/cares/staleyaward_catchings_080624.html. Retrieved 2008-06-25. 

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