Tamika Catchings Named WNBA Player of the Week

NEW YORK, AUGUST 22Tamika Catchings earned WNBA Player of the Week honors, as she led the Fever to a 2-0 mark. It is the eighth weekly honor and third this season for Catchings.

Catchings, a Most Valuable Player and Defensive Player of the Year candidate, recorded 23 points, six rebounds and six assists, while shooting 9-of-11 from the field in helping the Fever defeat Washington 67-57 on Aug. 18. Two nights later, Catchings scored 18 points and tied her career high with 16 rebounds in helping Indiana defeat Charlotte 62-53. The Fever has won a club-record 19 games and is seven games above .500 for the first time in franchise history.

Catchings, whose play has helped Indiana post an 19-12 record, is the only player in the WNBA ranked in the top 10 in scoring, rebounding, assists and steals. She is currently eighth in scoring (14.8 ppg), third in rebounding (8.1 rpg), first in steals (2.81 spg) and eighth in assists (4.3 apg).

Other candidates for the WNBA Player of the Week were Connecticut’s Lindsay Whalen; Houston’s Sheryl Swoopes; New York’s Becky Hammon; Phoenix’s Sandora Irvin and Sacramento’s Rebekkah Brunson.

The 2005 WNBA All-Star Game, which was played in front of a sellout crowd at Mohegan Sun Arena, saw the highest scoring game in WNBA history and culminated with a slam dunk by veteran All-Star Lisa Leslie. The ABC telecast reached more international viewers than ever as it was broadcast in 193 countries by 52 telecasters in 31 languages allowing the league’s global fan base to witness all the action. WNBA programming is broadcast on ABC, ESPN, ESPN2 and NBA-TV.

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