Catchings Named WNBA Player of the Week

WNBA News Release | June 7, 2004

Tamika Catchings of the Indiana Fever was named the WNBA Player of the Week for games played Monday, May 31 through Sunday, June 6.

Catchings averaged 19.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 2.5 blocks and 2.0 steals in leading the Fever to a perfect 2-0 record on the week. The 6-1 forward is ranked in the top-ten in five different categories, averaging 16.6 points (6th), 2.60 blocks (2nd), 2.20 steals (4th), 4.2 assists (10th) and 34.8 minutes (4th) along with being ranked 11th in the WNBA in rebounds per game (6.8).

Catchings started her week by scoring 20 points, grabbing nine rebounds and dishing out five assists while shooting 50.0 percent (8-of-16) from the field in a win over San Antonio on June 1. On June 5 versus Charlotte, Catchings made her 71st consecutive start in a Fever uniform, setting the franchise record. She celebrated her consistent longevity with Indiana by leading the team in scoring (19), rebounds (6), assists (4), steals (3) and blocks (2) and helped the Fever to a 70-57 victory over the Sting.

Other candidates for WNBA Player of the Week were Charlotte’s Charlotte Smith-Taylor, Connecticut’s Wendy Palmer, Detroit’s Swin Cash, Houston’s Tina Thompson, Los Angeles’ Mwadi Mabika, New York’s Elena Baranova, Phoenix’s Anna DeForge, Sacramento’s Yolanda Griffith, San Antonio’s LaToya Thomas, and Washington’s Chamique Holdsclaw.

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