Tamika Catchings dribbles the ball

Tamika Catchings - Guangdong Dolphins

Coming off a season in which she was named the Defensive Player of the Year and WNBA Finals MVP, Catchings will play in China during the offseason for the Guangdong Dolphins. Last year she played offseason hoops in Turkey, where she averaged 13 points and 6.7 rebounds while playing 11 games for Galatasaray and helping the club to the Turkish Finals against four-time champion Fenerbahce.

Sasha Goodlett

Sasha Goodlett - Arras

Goodlett, a rookie out of Georgia Tech, appeared in 26 games for the Fever this season and averaged 3.1 points and 1.6 rebounds. This is her first time playing overseas. She started the winter with Heilongjiang Chenneng in China, but in early December she moved to France to join Arras.

January 23, 2013: In a playoff battle featuring two of the top stars in China, Elizabeth Cambage and Zhejiang beat Tamika Catchings and Guangdong, 87-77, to advance to the WCBA semifinals. Catchings scored 39 points with seven rebounds in the Game 2 loss which ended Guangdong’s season. Cambage scored 41 points with 16 rebounds to help the top seed advance. Catchings finished her overseas stint in China with averages of 25.1 points, 8.1 rebounds and 3.3 steals per game.

January 23, 2013: Sasha Goodlett scored four points and added a rebound during 11 minutes of a 69-57 EuroLeague upset win, Jan. 16, over Familia Schio (Italy). Playing at home in France, Arras won its first EuroLeague contest of the year, after eight straight defeats. Three days later, Jan. 19, Arras broke a three-game losing skid in the French League with a 75-71 win over Mondeville, though Goodlett did not play in that game.

In a playoff battle featuring two of the top stars in China, Elizabeth Cambage and Zhejiang beat Tamika Catchings and Guangdong, 87-77, to advance to the WCBA semifinals. Catchings scored 39 points with seven rebounds in the Game 2 loss which ended Guangdong’s season. Cambage scored 41 points with 16 rebounds to help the top seed advance. Catchings finished her overseas stint in China with averages of 25.1 points, 8.1 rebounds and 3.3 steals per game.

January 16, 2013: Tamika Catchings and the No. 8-seeded Guangdong Dolphins find themselves down 1-0 in a quarterfinal playoff series against top-seeded Zhejiang. Catchings scored 27 points on 9-of-16 shooting, adding seven rebounds, three assists and two steals. For regular-season champ Zhejiang, Elizabeth Cambage (Tulsa Shock) led all players with game highs of 35 points and 10 rebounds. Game 2 of the series is scheduled for Thursday. Earlier in the week, Catchings joined Cambage as members of the WCBA South All-Star Team. The North scored the game’s final six points to beat the South, 114-110.

January 16, 2013: Arras lost its third straight game in the French League, 74-45, against second-place Bourges (11-4). Arras (3-13) was dominated on both ends of the floor with defending French champion Bourges leading 55-27 after three quarters. In just her third game with Arras, Fever center Sasha Goodlett saw 10 minutes of action, scoring four points with five rebounds. Goodlett made her EuroLeague debut last week when Arras fell 78-52 to Good Angels Kosice (Slovakia), just 24 hours after a coaching change had been announced. Goodlett had three points and two rebounds for Arras which lost its eighth straight EuroLeague contest. Former Fever free agent Allie Quigley scored 19 points for Good Angels. Arras resumes EuroLeague action later this week against Familia Schio (Italy).

Wednesday, Jan. 9: Tamika Catchings and the Guangdong Dolphins have concluded their regular season in the WCBA, finishing eighth in the league and qualifying for the WCBA playoffs. Guangdong won four of its last five games, losing only on Dec. 29 when Catchings was in Indianapolis conducting her annual youth basketball camp. In fact, Guangdong won six of its last nine, falling only to top-ranked Shanxi and Zhejiang in its other losses. Catchings, in her first season in China, has averaged 23.9 points, 8.3 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 3.4 steals per game.

Wednesday, Jan. 9: Since reporting to her new team in Arras, France, Fever center Sasha Goodlett scored six points on Dec. 19 and eight points last Sunday when Arras resumed its schedule after the Christmas holiday. Arras, 3-12, is in 13th place in the French League. Currently 0-7 in EuroLeague, Arras resumes EuroLeague action this week after a mid-week coaching change.

December 13, 2012: Tamika Catchings recorded her second double-double of the season to move her team from the bottom of the Chinese League rankings. The Guangdong Dolphins defeated the Shanghai Octopus 81-78 on Dec. 11. Catchings finished with 27 points and 12 rebounds. She shot 10-of-15 from the floor and a perfect 1-of-1 from the 3-point line and 6-of-6 from the charity stripe. Catchings added three assists, four steals and two blocks.

The win moved Guangdong up to ninth place in the standings with a record of 5-9. The next game for the Dolphins will be against league leading Shanxi.

Sasha Goodlett has left her team in China to join Arras in France. She recently switched teams, but has yet to play a game for her new club. Arras is 2-12 in French League games and 0-7 in EuroLeague games.

December 7, 2012: Tamika Catchings and Sasha Goodlett are over halfway through their season with their Chinese League teams and are still fighting to get out of the bottom of the rankings.

Catchings’ Guangdong Dolphins split two games over the last week. The Dolphins had another slim margin of defeat when they lost 74-71 to the Shenyang Golden Lions on Dec. 1. Catchings had another star performance scoring 29 points on 11-of-17 from the field and a perfect 7-of-7 from the free-throw line. She grabbed a team-high seven rebounds, dished one assist and recorded a team-high three thefts.

Goodlett’s team, Heilongjiang Chenneng, lost on the same day to Bayi, 81-78. YanYan Ji scored 33 points, but it wasn’t enough to overcome four players in double-figures for Bayi. Goodlett only scored two points but grabbed a team-high nine rebounds.

Catchings and Goodlett were then reunited as their teams played each other on Dec. 4. Catchings took the 87-73 victory, finishing with a game-high 26 points and 10 rebounds for a double-double. Goodlett recorded her own double-double with 14 points and ten rebounds. It was Heilongjiang’s third consecutive loss and kept the team at the bottom of the rankings with a 3-9 overall record. Guangdong moved up to 10th place with the win, with a 4-8 record.

November 29, 2012: This week still finds both Tamika Catchings and Sasha Goodlett’s Chinese teams near the bottom of the WCBA.

Catchings’ led her Guangdong Dolphins to a close 78-76 victory over third-ranked Yunnan last Saturday. She stuffed the box score finishing with 30 points, six rebounds, seven assists, six steals and one blocked shot. The Dolphins looked to keep the winning ways going by getting another win against Liaoning on Tuesday, but despite a perfect 9-of-9 shooting effort by Catchings, Guangdong fell 84-81. Catchings, one of four players in double-figures, finished with a team-high 23 points and added four rebounds, three assists and five steals.

Goodlett’s team, Heilongjiang Chenneng, got a 77-68 win over Henan last Saturday to break a three-game losing streak and get its third win of the season. Four Heilongjiang players finished in double-figure scoring. Goodlett started and finished with four points and five rebounds. Heilongjiang’s next game sent them on the road to face second-ranked Zhejiang. YanYan Ji scored 35 points and Goodlett chipped in a double-double, but it wasn’t enough as Heilongjiang fell to the home team, 97-88. Goodlett had 18 points, 13 rebounds, three assists, three steals and two blocked shots.

Guangdong and Heilongjiang are both tied for 11th position with records of 3-7.

November 22, 2012: After eight games in the Women’s Chinese Basketball Association, Fever stars Tamika Catchings and Sasha Goodlett both find themselves tied for last place in the WCBA. Catchings’ Guangdong Dolphins fell 74-68 on Tuesday in Beijing in what was Catchings’ first game since arriving in China only 24 hours earlier. She finished with 14 points and eight rebounds and nearly helped the Dolphins rally from a 16-point deficit entering the fourth quarter. Goodlett, meanwhile, has averaged 15.8 points and 10.8 rebounds per game since arriving to play in 6 of 8 games for Heilongjiang, which is located in Northeast China. On Tuesday, Goodlett managed 16 points and 13 rebounds while helping Heilongjiang nearly upset top-ranked Shanxi, which was aided by a 33-point effort from Maya Moore. Guangdong and Heilongjiang both are 2-6.

November 16, 2012: Tamika Catchings and Sasha Goodlett are both members on teams in the Chinese League. Goodlett is playing for Heilongjiang Chenneng. She has already played in five games, only missing the first one due to travel conflicts. Goodlett is averaging almost 16 points and 11 rebounds per game. In her best performance she finished with 19 points and 20 rebounds against Yunnan in her first game overseas. Catchings has not yet joined her team. She will play for Guangdong. Catchings is scheduled to leave this weekend after a Nov. 17 fitness clinic she is conducting with the Catch The Stars Foundation.