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Tamika Catchings          

Former Forward for the WNBA's Indiana Fever, Four-Time Olympic Gold Medalist

Tamika Catchings is a four-time Olympic Gold medalist and 16-year WNBA player with the Indiana Fever.

Catchings 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 and graduating from Duncanville High School, 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 the 2001 WNBA season with two knee injuries, Catchings debuted with a splash in 2002, winning the Rookie of the Year award, making the All-WNBA first team and finishing second in the voting for Defensive Player of the Year.

In 2002, she became the first American to win gold at both junior and senior world championships. Catchings played on the U.S. junior team that won the 1997 world title as well as the 2002 senior world championship squad.

Catchings has won a WNBA championship (2012), WNBA Most Valuable Player Award (2011), WNBA Finals MVP Award (2012), five WNBA Defensive Player of the Year Awards (2005, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2012), four Olympic gold medals (2004, 2008, 2012, 2016), and the WNBA Rookie of the Year Award (2002). She is one of only 11 women to attain all four accolades.

She has also been selected to ten WNBA All-Star teams, 12 All-WNBA teams, 12 All-Defensive teams and led the league in steals eight times. In 2011, Catchings was voted in by fans as one of the WNBA's Top 15 Players of All Time.

She is famous for recording the first ever quintuple-double (25 points, 18 rebounds, 11 assists, 10 steals and 10 blocks) in 1997 and served as President of the WNBA Players Association from 2012 to 2016.

The daughter of 11-year NBA veteran Harvey Catchings, Tamika isn't the only child in her family with basketball skill. Her sister Tauja, a year older than Tamika, was an All-Big 10 forward at Illinois and was drafted in the third round of the 2000 WNBA Draft by the Phoenix Mercury. Tauja now heads up the charitable foundation she created with Tamika, Catch the Stars.


WNBA crown completes Catchings' glittering resume - DailyHerald ...

Indiana Fever star Tamika Catchings celebrates with the WNBA championship trophy and Finals MVP award. Associated PressĀ ...

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