Catchings Named WNBA’s Player of the Week Again
Tamika Catchings of the Indiana Fever was named the WNBA Player of the Week for her play in helping Indiana win all three of its games this week. It is the seventh WNBA Player of the Week honor and second in 2005 for Catchings.
Catchings, a 2005 WNBA Most Valuable Player candidate, started the week on July 13 with an 18-point, nine-rebound, eight-steal effort in Indiana’s 64-53 victory over the Connecticut Sun. On July 15, Catchings posted her third double-double of the season by scoring 20 points and grabbing 14 rebounds, along with handing out five assists as the Fever defeated the Shock, 62-57. On Sunday, Catchings finished with 21 points, four rebounds and four assists and helped preserve a 59-58 victory over Detroit by tipping a missed free-throw out to one of her teammates as time expired.
Catchings, whose play has helped Indiana post an 11-6 record, is the only player in the WNBA who is ranked in the top 10 in scoring, rebounding, assists and steals. She is currently seventh in scoring (15.5), fourth in rebounding (7.4), first in steals (2.88) and eighth in assists (4.5).
Other candidates for WNBA Player of the Week were Charlotte’s Jia Perkins, Connecticut’s Nykesha Sales, Detroit’s Deanna Nolan, Phoenix’s Penny Taylor, Sacramento’s Nicole Powell, Seattle’s Sue Bird, and Washington’s DeLisha Milton Jones.
The WNBA tipped off its ninth season on Saturday, May 21, 2005 under the leadership of new President Donna Orender. In 2004, for the sixth consecutive season, more than two million fans attended WNBA games. Also in 2004, three consecutive WNBA Finals sellout crowds witnessed the Seattle Storm defeat the Connecticut Sun to capture its first WNBA Championship. WNBA programming is broadcast on ABC, ESPN, ESPN2 and NBA-TV. For more information, visit WNBA.com.