Fever Inks Catchings To Four-Year Deal
The 6-1 Catchings, 28, was the Fever’s top draft pick in the 2001 WNBA Draft (third overall) and the 2002 WNBA Rookie of the Year. She has played every pro season in an Indiana uniform and is responsibe for virtually every mark in the Fever record book. A two-time WNBA Defensive Player of the Year, she was a starter on the U.S. Olympic Team that won a gold medal during the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece.
“Tamika is the cornerstone of our franchise,” said Krauskopf. “She is not only a great athlete, but a significant contributor in the Indianapolis community. We wanted to demonstrate our commitment to her for the long term as she continues to give back so much on and off the basketball court. She has a tireless work ethic which is demonstrated through her improved play every season. I am proud to have her as a member of this franchise.”
Added Catchings, “I am very happy and excited about re-signing with the Indiana Fever. I feel like we are putting the pieces together to go for a championship run, and I am looking forward to jump-starting that. Along those same lines, the fans have been great and the support that I have received from everyone is a reason that I don't want to go anywhere.
“I am looking forward to staying in Indy and growing my Catch The Stars Foundation. We have a lot of great programs now, and expect to continue adding more as we help kids ‘reach their dreams one star at a time.’"
In 21 games played in 2007, Catchings averaged 16.6 points, 9.0 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 3.1 steals per game while pacing the Fever to a 21-13 record. She missed the team’s final 11 regular season games due to a partially torn plantar fascia, and returned for the playoffs where she averaged 15.8 points, 11.0 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.0 steals in six games. She sustained a torn Achilles’ tendon in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals and continues her rehabilitation this winter.
One of the world’s best all-around women’s players and a member of the WNBA’s All-Decade Team, she has led the WNBA in steals in three straight seasons. She is the only player in WNBA history to rank among the league’s top ten in scoring, rebounding, assists, steals and blocks in the same season – and she has done it twice. She is the only player in WNBA history to rank among the league’s top 25 career leaders in points, rebounds, assists, steals, blocks and 3-point field goals.
The Indiana Fever begins its ninth WNBA season by hosting the Washington Mystics on Saturday, May 17 (7:00 p.m.). Led by WNBA All-Stars Catchings, Katie Douglas and Tammy Sutton-Brown, the Fever bids for its first WNBA Finals appearance after reaching the Eastern Conference Finals in two of the past three seasons. Season tickets are available at FeverBasketball.com or by calling (317) 917-2500.