Vols to Retire Catchings’ 24

Fever News Release
Indianapolis, Dec. 2, 2003

Catchings
University of Tennessee basketball coach Pat Summitt has announced that former All-American Tamika Catchings will have her No. 24 jersey retired at halftime of Tennessee's game versus longtime rival, 12th-ranked Louisiana Tech, on Sunday, Dec. 7, 2003, in Thompson-Boling Arena.

Catchings, a rare four-time Kodak All-American, starred for Tennessee during the 1997-01 seasons. Despite missing the final 17 games of her senior campaign due to a torn anterior cruciate ligament, Catchings finished her Lady Vol career with 2,113 career points and 1,004 career rebounds.

She joins fellow Lady Vol four-time All-American Chamique Holdsclaw as the only Lady Vols to register at least 2,000 career points and 1,000 rebounds. Sunday's tip-off is slated for 3:00 p.m.

Catchings is currently a two-time WNBA All-Star who was the league’s Rookie of the Year in 2002. She, with Holdsclaw, has been named as a core member of the U.S. Senior National Team that will represent the United States in the Olympic Games next summer in Athens, Greece.

Here are some highlights from Catchings' career at Tennessee:

2000-01 - SENIOR SEASON

  • Finished her Lady Vol career ranked third all-time in points (2,113), third in rebounds (1,004), second in steals (311) and second in blocked shots (140) on the Lady Vol career list
  • Selected by the Indiana Fever with the third overall pick of the 2001 WNBA draft
  • Named second-team AP All-American as well as being named second-team All-SEC by the league coaches
  • Won an ESPY Award as the Women's College Basketball Player of the Year
  • Joins Chamique Holdsclaw as the second Lady Vol to earn 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in her career
  • Suffered a second-ending knee injury on Jan. 15, 2001 against Mississippi State
  • Led the team with an average of 15.2 points per game in 17 contests, while also tallying a team-high 8.8 rebounds per game
  • Was the unanimous choice for MVP of the Women's Maui Tournament
  • Named to the 2000-01 preseason All-America team, joining Holdsclaw as the only players to earn that honor three times
  • Graduated in December of 2000, a semester ahead of her class

    1999-00 - JUNIOR SEASON

  • Named the 2000 Naismith Player of the Year and won the 2000 Victor Award while also earning Player of the Year honors from Rawlings/WBCA,
  • Associated Press, U.S. Basketball Writers, State Farm/Frontier and the Touchdown Club of Columbus
  • Earned a spot on the Kodak and Associated Press All-America teams
  • Selected to the All-NCAA Final Four team and was named the MVP of the NCAA Mideast Regional while helping the Lady Vols to an appearance in the NCAA title game
  • Chosen to the 2000 SEC All-Tournament Team, All-SEC Team, Associated Press All-SEC team and the SEC "Good Works" Team
  • Started all 37 games as a junior and scored in double figures during 32 of those contests
  • Paced the Lady Vol squad by scoring 15.7 points per game and grabbed 7.9 rebounds per contest while also snagging a team-high 2.5 steals per game

    1998-99 - SOPHOMORE SEASON

  • Garnered Kodak All-America honors for the second time and earned spot on the Associated Press All-America team while also earning All-America accolades from Sports Illustrated, The Sporting News and Women's Basketball Journal
  • Named to the AP and Coaches All-SEC teams and earned a spot on the All-SEC Tournament Team
  • Started all 34 games and scored in double figures 29 times while registering eight double-doubles on the season
  • Second on the team in scoring with 16.6 ppg and rebounding with 7.3 rpg
  • Reached the 1,000-point scoring mark in her 58th game as a Lady Vol, one behind Chamique Holdsclaw who recorded her 1,000th career point for Tennessee in her 57th game

    1997-98 - FRESHMAN SEASON

  • Had an outstanding rookie campaign and became the second Lady Vol to earn Kodak All-America honors as a freshman
  • Named Freshman of the Year by the U.S. Basketball Writers and The Sporting News
  • Helped the Lady Vols to an NCAA title and earned a spot on the All-Final Four team
  • Unanimous choice by the SEC coaches as the league's Freshman of the Year and earned spots on the All-Tournament, All-SEC and All-Freshman teams
  • Started 37 of 39 games and scored in double digits 36 times while tallying nine double-doubles
  • Broke the Tennessee rookie record for points scored in a season as she tallied 711