Catchings named Player of the Week

NEW YORK, Aug. 9, 2010 – The Indiana Fever’s Tamika Catchings and the Minnesota Lynx’s Lindsay Whalen were named the WNBA’s Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week presented by Kia Motors, respectively, for games played Aug. 2-8.

This marks the first season that Kia Motors – an official WNBA marketing partner – has presented the WNBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week award.

Tamika Catchings averaged 24.3 points, ranking second in the league, while shooting .490 from the field and .852 from the line. She also tied for sixth in the league in rebounds, averaging 8.0.boards. The Fever went 2-1 on the week and remains in first place, one-half game ahead of the Atlanta Dream.

On Aug. 6, Catchings scored a season-high 30 points, including six of the team’s final seven points in a 95-93 come-from-behind victory over the Dream. She sealed the win with two free throws with 3.5 seconds remaining in the game.

The former University of Tennessee player recorded her sixth double-double of the season, with a 24-point and 10-rebound effort in a 104-82 win over the Phoenix Mercury on Aug. 8. Catchings’ 66 career double-doubles rank her seventh in WNBA history in that category. This award marks the second time Catchings has won Player of the Week this season and the 14th of her career. Only Seattle’s Lauren Jackson (19) and legend Lisa Leslie (15) have more.