Catchings To Be Inducted Into Tennessee Hall of Fame

FeverBasketball.com Staff Report | October 14, 2013

The University of Tennessee announced last week that Indiana Fever forward Tamika Catchings will be inducted into the Lady Volunteer Hall of Fame. Catchings joins fellow Tennessee alums Valerie Bertrand Bachmann (cross country/track & field), Vilmarie Castellvi (tennis), and Rhian Wilkinson (soccer) in the Class of 2013. Athletes are eligible for induction beginning 10 years after their graduation.

Catchings played for the Lady Vols from 1997-2001. She averaged 16.6 points and 7.9 rebounds per contest during her four years at Tennessee. She currently ranks fourth in school history in career scoring (2,113) and rebounding (1,004).

As a freshman, Catchings was named USBWA and SEC Freshman of the Year and was a member of Tennessee's 39-0 NCAA Championship team, earning NCAA All-Final Four honors. She was AP, Naismith, USBWA and WBCA Player of the Year in 2000 as a junior and a three-time first-team All-SEC selection. Catchings is one of only two four-time WBCA All-Americans in school history.

Since leaving Tennessee, Catchings has gone on to be one of the most-decorated players in the history of women's basketball. She is a three-time Olympic Gold Medalist and ranks near the top of the WNBA career charts in several major categories. Catchings has played her entire career with the Fever, winning WNBA MVP in 2011 and WNBA Finals MVP in 2012.

The inductees will be enshrined in a private ceremony on Friday, Nov. 8 at the downtown Knoxville Hilton. They will also be recognized the next day during the Tennessee-Auburn football game in an on-field presentation.

"It is my pleasure to announce the Lady Vol Hall of Fame Class of 2013," University of Tennessee Vice Chancellor/Director of Athletics Dave Hart said in the school's official release. "These women and their accomplishments are worthy of this special recognition. Two members of this year's class are Olympic medalists; all four have earned All-America honors and their addition to this prestigious group of women is a testament to our history in women's athletics. We look forward to the induction weekend."