Catchings To Miss 2-3 Weeks

News Release | July 21, 2007
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    Tamika Catchings has posted one of her best seasons while leading the Fever to a share of the Eastern Conference lead.
    INDIANAPOLIS – All-Star forward Tamika Catchings is expected to miss 2-3 weeks of action due to a left foot injury sustained on the final play of Friday night’s third quarter, during an 89-80 loss to the Detroit Shock. She was diagnosed by Fever medical personnel with a partial tear of her left plantar fascia. She will not appear in tonight’s game at Chicago, and will miss four games next week, including a three-game West Coast road trip.

    A top candidate for WNBA MVP honors in 2007, the seven-year veteran, U.S. Olympian and two-time WNBA Defensive Player of the Year was averaging 16.8 points, 9.1 rebounds, 4.6 assists and a league-leading 3.15 steals per game, leading into Friday’s contest matching the WNBA’s top Eastern Conference teams. Catchings injured the foot on a rebound that ended the third quarter – finishing the game with 12 points, eight rebounds, seven assists and three steals.

    With 13 regular season games and one month remaining in the regular season, Indiana remains tied atop the Eastern Conference with the Shock. Both teams are 16-5.

    “It is certainly unfortunate for us,” said Fever head coach Brian Winters, “but we have a deep team and we feel that we can still win and continue our winning edge. We look forward to the time that she can come back and help us into the playoffs.”

    Winters continued, “A little adversity can allow players some more playing time, and give some of our other players the chance to step up their game. Hopefully, this might become a period of positive growth for our basketball team.”