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Tamika Catchings #24 Forward
- Born: Jul 21, 1979
- Height: 6-1 / 1,85
- Weight: 167 lbs. / 75,8 kg.
- College: Tennessee
- Years Pro: 11
2012 Fever Player Bio Pages (pdf)
Indiana's "do-everything" forward returns for her 12th season in the WNBA after capturing her first MVP honor in 2011…Catchings led the Fever in points per game, rebounds, assists and steals in each of her first six active pro seasons and again in 2010 and 2011 – no other WNBA player has led her team in as many categories in even one of those seasons...she has been named the WNBA’s Defensive Player of the Year an unprecedented four times – in 2005, 2006, 2009 and 2010 …second in WNBA MVP balloting in 2002, 2009 and 2010, she has finished among the top three in balloting for the WNBA MVP Award in six of her 10 active pro seasons…she has finished among the top five in MVP balloting in 9 of 10 active seasons, asserting herself as one of the world’s premier players...she has scored in 312 of 313 games played in her pro career...she is a seven-time WNBA All-Star and nine-time All-WNBA recipient...she has earned WNBA Player of the Week honors 14 times, third in WNBA history.
She has averaged 16.5 points, 7.6 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 2.5 steals per game during her career...she became the WNBA’s all-time leader in steals during the 2011 season and she enters the 2012 campaign needing just 45 free throws to become the league’s all-time leader in free throws made…she is the only player in WNBA history to rank among Top 25 all-time leaders in points (5,176, 6th), rebounds (2,367, 6th), assists (1,147, 9th), steals (775, 1st) and blocks (278, 14th)…she also ranks among WNBA career leaders in free throws made (1,433, 2nd) and 3-point field goals made (453, 8th)...she averages more steals per game (2.48) than any player in WNBA history with more than two seasons…Catchings owns four of the top five single-season steals figures in league history and in 2009 finished just one shy of Teresa Weatherspoon’s league record of 100 in a season (94 in 2006; 94 in 2002; 90 in 2005; 99 in 2009)...a member of the WNBA’s 10th Anniversary All-Decade Team, awarded in 2006, she is the only player in WNBA history to ever rank in the league's top 10 in scoring, rebounding, assists, steals and blocked shots in the same season...Catchings, though, has done it twice – in 2002 and 2006...she has posted double-doubles in nearly one-fourth of her professional games (72-of-313).
Catchings is a two-time Olympic gold medalist for the United States, medaling at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece, and again in 2008 in Beijing, China...she also helped the United States to a goal medal in the 2010 World Championships in Czech Republic. She will represent the U.S. at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, England.
Off the court, Catchings is one of the country’s most highly-regarded citizen-athletes…within the past year alone, she was a spokesperson for Indy’s Super Cure, a community initiative of the 2012 Indianapolis Super Bowl Host Committee to aid in research and donation of healthy breast tissue; she was named an NBA/WNBA ambassador for its Dribble to Stop Diabetes Campaign; she was named to serve on the board of trustees of the Women’s Sports Foundation; and appeared with First Lady Michelle Obama in Des Moines, Iowa, as part of Obama’s “Let’s Move Tour,” geared toward solving the problem of childhood obesity.
In 2011, she was voted a Top 5 Finalist for the United Nations NGO Positive Peace Award and one of ten “Dream Team for Public Service” finalists for the Jefferson Award for outstanding service by an athlete…she was invited to President George W. Bush’s State of the Union Address in 2004 and was named a finalist for the 2006 Wooden Citizenship Cup, presented annually to the nation’s top professional athlete who exhibits outstanding community service…she was the 2008 female recipient of the Rotary Club of Tulsa Henry P. Iba Citizen-Athlete Award…she was the first recipient of the WNBA’s Dawn Staley Leadership Award, presented in 2008 to the player who best exemplifies the characteristics of a leader in the community and reflects Staley’s leadership, spirit, charitable efforts and love for the game…Catchings is the current president of the WNBA Players Association.
PRO - WNBA
2011:The WNBA’s Most Valuable Player started in 33 games before missing the final game of the regular season…she averaged 15.5 points, 7.1 rebounds, and 3.5 assists per game…her seventh point vs. the Liberty, 8/13, was the 5,000 of her career, becoming the sixth in league history to reach that mark…she matched a career-high with 32 points and was 17-of-19 from the foul line in that game…she set Fever records for free throws made and attempted the same night…she became the first player in WNBA history to score 5,000 points, have 2,000 rebounds, and dish 1,000 assists…she recorded a season-high 15 rebounds at Connecticut 6/17…she ranked fourth in the WNBA in steals and became the league’s all-time leader on 7/9 vs. Washington, passing Ticha Penicheiro…she had a season-high six thefts in that game, including a WNBA-record tying five in the fourth period…she posted four double-doubles in 33 games…in addition to being named WNBA MVP, she was named to the All-WNBA First Team and the WNBA All-Defensive Team…she had a string of 114 consecutive starts snapped by a bruised knee, three starts away from the franchise record.
2010: The WNBA’s MVP runner-up for a second straight season, Catchings posted perhaps the finest year of her career… an 18.2-point scoring average was her best since 2003 and her 48.4 percent shooting clip easily the best of her career…she shot a career-high 44.8 percent from the 3-point stripe and led the WNBA in steals (77) for the fourth time…she recorded a season-high 30 points during a 95-93 win over eventual East champion Atlanta, 8/6…she posted eight double-doubles in 34 games and twice was named the Eastern Conference Player of the Week…in addition to being named to the All-WNBA First Team and WNBA All-Defensive Team, she received the league’s Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award…Catchings represented the USA in the Stars at the Sun midseason classic featuring stars of the WNBA against the USA Basketball National Team, preparing for the World Championships.
2009:The WNBA’s MVP runner-up started in all 34 games…she averaged 15.1 points, 7.2 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 2.9 steals per game…Catchings won her third WNBA Defensive Player of the Year award and was only one steal from tying the WNBA record for most steals in a season (100)…she was also named to the All-WNBA First Team and the WNBA All-Defensive Team…along with teammate Katie Douglas, Catchings was an All-Star starter…Catchings was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week for the week ending on 6/28…she led the team in rebounds, steals and assists, and was second on team in scoring…Catchings shot a career-high .873 from the free-throw line…she ranked first in the WNBA in free throws made…she was sixth in the WNBA with seven double-doubles…Catchings had six steals in a game five different times.
2008: In an abbreviated season due to injury and rehabilitation, Catchings started 17 games in 25 appearances…she averaged 13.3 points and 6.3 rebounds per game…she scored in double-digits in 17 of 25 appearances, and scored 20 points or more in five out of six games during the final stretch of the regular season…she posted identical double-doubles (20 points, 10 rebounds) in back-to-back games at Detroit, 9/5, and Atlanta, 9/8, to open the month of September…despite a shortened season, she still was named to the WNBA All-Defensive Team for the fourth straight season…her 1.96 steals per game was fifth in the league…Catchings shot a career-best 43.2 percent from behind the arc in 2008, second-best on the team and fourth in the WNBA.
2007: Catchings averaged 16.6 points, 9.0 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 3.1 steals per game while starting in all 21 of her appearances…she was having perhaps the best season of her career, including career-high averages in rebounds and assists before she injured her left foot (partially torn plantar fascia) vs. Detroit, 7/20…she missed the final 13 games of the regular season…the Fever was 5-8 in her absence…she was named All-WNBA second team and was a first-team selection to the WNBA All-Defensive team for the third straight season…she posted a season-high 26 points to go with 14 rebounds in a win at Detroit, 6/16…she had a season-high 15 rebounds one night earlier against Phoenix, 6/15…she had 22 points, 13 rebounds and six assists to go with two steals in 37 minutes vs. Chicago, 7/18…the game vs. the Sky represented her seventh double-double of the season and the 50th of her career…despite missing 13 games, she led the WNBA in steals for a third consecutive season.
2006: Catchings averaged 16.3 ppg and 7.5 rpg, to go with a league-leading 2.94 spg to earn her second consecutive Defensive Player of the Year Award...she earned First Team All-WNBA honors, and was named at midseason to the WNBA’s 10th Anniversary All-Decade Team...she was the leading vote-getter for the WNBA All-Star Game, but was unable to play due to a heel injury...she scored a season-high 30 points, snared nine rebounds with three assists and three steals in an overtime win at New York, 6/13...in the same game, she broke a 78-78 tie on a jump shot with just one tenth of a second left in overtime...Catchings was named the WNBA Player of the Week for the ninth time in her career, as she was honored for the week ending 7/30...she scored 20+ points nine times and scored in double figures in all but four games, including each of the last 17...her 165 FT and 204 FTA both were second in the WNBA...she topped the league in steals with 94, which tied her own mark for the second-highest figure in WNBA history...she helped the Fever to a total of 355 steals, the highest figure by a team in WNBA history…she missed two games early in the season (at Houston, 5/31, and at Minnesota, 6/2) due to a sprained right arch – they were the first games she had missed in her WNBA career.
2005: Catchings started all 34 games and led the Fever to the Eastern Conference Finals, averaging 14.7 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 4.2 apg and 2.6 spg...she was named the WNBA’s Defensive Player of the Year and a member of the WNBA All-Defensive First Team...she led the league with 90 steals while no other player in the WNBA had more than 67 thefts...she finished with a club record 143 assists in 2005...she had a season-best eight steals against Connecticut, 7/13...it was the most steals by any player in the WNBA in 2005...she tied a Fever record with three consecutive double-doubles, 7/26-7/31, and fell one rebound short of her fourth in a row vs. Seattle, 8/4...she led the WNBA with 193 free throws attempted and ranked second in the league with 152 free throws made...she set team single-game records for free throws made and attempted, shooting 15-17 vs. Phoenix, 5/24...she scored 20+ points a team-high 10 times, including a season-best 28 points vs. Phoenix, 5/24...she was named the WNBA Player of the Week three times, being so honored for the weeks ending 6/19, 7/17 and 8/21...she led the Fever in points, rebounds and assists in the same game 10 times...she set a franchise record with 10 offensive rebounds vs. Charlotte, 8/20...that was the most offensive rebounds by any player in the WNBA in 2005 and was two short of the league record.
2004: Highlighted by her gold medal appearance in the Olympics in August, Catchings appeared in all 34 games for the Fever and started in 33, missing a start only against San Antonio, 9/10, after sustaining a toe injury in practice...the missed start snapped a string of 96 consecutive starts dating to the opening game of 2002...she was named second team All-WNBA after leading the Fever in points (16.7), rebounds (7.3), assists (3.4), steals (2.0) and blocks (1.1)...she finished fifth in the WNBA in scoring, fourth in rebounds and fourth in steals per game...she recorded five double-doubles and scored in double figures in all but three games...she saved her best game for the season finale at Connecticut, 9/19, by scoring 30 points with nine rebounds, four assists and four steals...she shot 10-12 at the free throw line, and tallied 21 points in the second half...she was twice named the WNBA’s Player of the Week for the weeks ending 6/7 and 6/21.
2003: For the second straight season, Catchings was the runner-up in balloting for the league's MVP and Defensive Player of the Year Awards...she was named First Team All-WNBA and was the leading scorer (17 points) in the WNBA All-Star Game, 7/14...she started and scored in all 34 games averaging 19.7 ppg, including an average of 22.0 ppg during July and 20.0 ppg during August...she twice matched her own franchise record by scoring 20+ points in four consecutive games...she had 10 games with double-figure points and rebounds...she matched a career scoring high with 32 points, and added a game-high 14 rebounds, in the Fever's first-ever win at Madison Square Garden, 8/22...she had 25 points and a career-high 16 rebounds in a double-overtime win at Connecticut, 6/26...she outdueled Chamique Holdsclaw and led the Fever to a pair of dramatic road wins at Washington, just five days apart in July...after scoring 29 points on 7/24, she added 30 points during a 92-91 overtime game, 7/29...Catchings' spinning baseline floater off the glass as time expired overshadowed Holdsclaw's apparent game-winning basket just seconds earlier, 7/29...she led the WNBA with 35.6 mpg...she finished second in the WNBA in steals and third in scoring.
2002: The WNBA Rookie of the Year, she was runner-up in voting for the league's MVP and Defensive Player of the Year Awards...she became the first Fever player ever to be named to the All-WNBA First Team...she ranked in the WNBA’s top 10 in points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks...in addition to being the only player in the WNBA to lead her team in points, rebounds and assists, she led the Fever in steals, blocked shots, minutes played and 3-pt FG...she led the team in scoring 21 times, rebounding 23 times and in assists 16 times...she led the WNBA in steals (2.94 spg)...she tied a WNBA record with nine steals against Minnesota, 7/26...she was the first Fever player to score 30+ points, scoring a team-record and career-high 32 points vs. New York, 6/8...she matched that total against Orlando, 8/7...she grabbed a season-high 15 rebounds against Charlotte, 8/3...she ranked second in the league in 3-pt FG with 76...her 193 attempts from long range led the league...she set a WNBA record by hitting all six of her 3-pt FG at Orlando, 7/3...those six 3-pt FG set a franchise record and tied the most by any player in the WNBA in 2002...she logged just 11 minutes after being elbowed in the nose by Miami's Ruth Riley, 7/12...that elbow resulted in a broken nose, but she did not miss any games and was one of two Fever players to start all 32 games...the first Fever player to start a WNBA All-Star Game, she scored a team-high 12 points with nine rebounds, one assist, one steal and four blocked shots...those blocked shots tied the All-Star Game record.
2001: She did not play due to a torn anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee suffered during her senior season at Tennessee...she tore cartilage (medial meniscus) in her right knee during the Fever's practice in Houston, 7/5, and underwent surgery, 7/9.
Catchings owns career playoff averages of 16.3 points, 8.3 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 2.3 steals per game...she averages a double-double in nearly 50 percent of all playoff games…in 37 career playoff games, she has posted 18 double-doubles including 7 in 19 games the past three seasons…she has appeared in every playoff game in Fever history and ranks among WNBA all-time playoff leaders in free throws made (3rd, 191), free throw attempts (3rd, 215), offensive rebounds (T-6th, 90), defensive rebounds (3rd, 260), total rebounds (4th, 350), assists (T-9th, 137), steals (1st, 85) and points (7th, 602).
2011: Catchings started in five of the six Fever postseason games, averaging 10 points and 8.3 rebounds per game… in 35 minutes, Catchings scored 17 points in a Game 3 win over New York, 9/19, in the East Semis…she was injured in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals limiting her to only six points in a decisive Game 3 vs. Atlanta…Catchings scored 60 points in the postseason, moving her into seventh place on the WNBA’s all-time postseason scoring list.
2010: Catchings averaged 18.7 points and 8.7 rebounds in a three-game series against New York…she led the club with 18 points and six assists in a Game 1 loss at N.Y., 8/26…she led the Fever with 17 points and 13 rebounds in a Game 2 win at Bankers Life Fieldhouse…she scored 21 points in a decisive Game 3 defeat.
2009:Catchings started in all 10 games, averaging 17.2 points, 10.4 rebounds, 5.4 assists, 3.3 steals and 1.4 blocks per game…among WNBA playoffs leaders, she ranked first in assists and steals per game, second in rebounds per game and fifth in blocks per game…Catchings had a WNBA leading five double-doubles in the postseason…in two games in the Eastern Conference Semifinals, Catchings averaged 25 points per game…in her first WNBA Finals appearance, Catchings averaged 16.2 points in five games with an eye-popping 9.6 rebounds, 6.6 assists, 3.2 steals and 1.6 blocks per game.…Catchings had one of her best games of the postseason against Washington, 9/19, in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals, registering 24 points, 16 rebounds, five assists, four steals and a playoff career-high four blocks…in Game 2 of Eastern Conference Finals against Detroit, 9/25, she had a playoff career-high six steals…she fell one rebound short of a triple-double in Game 2 of the WNBA Finals at Phoenix, 10/1, finishing with 19 points, a playoff career-high 11 assists, nine rebounds and two steals…Catchings was first on the team in scoring, rebounding, assists, steals and blocks during the postseason.
2008: In three games of the conference semifinals against Detroit, Catchings averaged 20.3 points, 7.7 rebounds, 6.0 assists and a steal per game. She posted 27 points in an overtime road win in Game 2.
2007: Playing for the first time since a mid-season injury, Catchings posted four consecutive double-doubles to lead the Fever into the Eastern Conference Finals…in Game 1, she played 46 minutes while scoring 14 points with 20 rebounds and seven assists in a triple-overtime loss at Connecticut, 8/23…it was the second-best rebounding figure in WNBA Playoffs history…she followed with 15 points, 13 rebounds and six assists in Game 2, 8/25, and 30 points and 13 boards in a decisive Game 3 overtime victory, 8/27…bringing the Fever back from a WNBA Playoffs-record 22-point deficit, she made 16 of 17 free throw attempts in Game 3, for the second-most free throws made in playoff history…in Game 1 of the Eastern Finals, she posted 22 points and 11 boards in a win over Detroit, 8/31…near halftime of Game 3, she crumpled to the floor with a right Achilles tear.
2006: She averaged 14.0 ppg and 6.0 rpg in a two-game series against Detroit, despite spending most of the second half of Game 2, 8/19, in the training room with a concussion.
2005: Catchings paced the Fever with 17.3 ppg and 9.3 rpg...she had a season playoff-high 21 points and played 44 out of 45 minutes in an overtime loss at Connecticut which closed the series...her 3-pt FG with 18.6 seconds left in regulation, sent the game into overtime.
2002:In three games against New York, she averaged 20.3 ppg, 10.7 rpg and 2.3 apg...in the series opener, she shot 11-of-19 overall with four 3-pointers for 29 points...she collected 11 rebounds and handed out four assists with three steals...she scored 20 points and grabbed a postseason-high 14 rebounds in Game 2 at New York, 8/18.
PRO – OVERSEAS
2010-11:Catchings averaged 13.0 points and 6.7 rebounds while playing 11 games for Galatasaray and helping the club to the Turkish Finals against four-time champion Fenerbahce.
2009-10: Catchings played for Galatasaray in the Turkish League alongside Fever teammate Katie Douglas.
2008-09: Catchings led her team in Poland (Lotos Gdynia) to the Polish League title by averaging 14.7 ppg (fifth in PLKK)…she was named PLKK Player of the Year by Eurobasket.com.
2006-07: Catchings played for Woori Bank Hansae of the WKBL (Korea) and finished her season with a scoring average of 28.1 ppg.
2005-06: Catchings split her time between Russia and Korea...she competed for Spartak Moscow in November and December...in January, she resumed her position with Woori Bank Hansae of the Women's Korean Basketball League...she returned to Spartak Moscow in late March during the club’s participation in the EuroCup playoffs.
2003: A week after ending her WNBA regular season, Catchings returned to Korea to help Woori Bank Hansae to a summer title in the WKBL...she scored 23 points with 25 rebounds and eight assists in the final game as Woori Bank won the championship series, 3-1.
2002-03: Following her rookie season in the WNBA and her participation with Team USA in the FIBA World Basketball Championship for Women, Catchings led the Woori Bank Hansae to a 14-6 record and the regular-season title in the WKBL...in Korea, she averaged 24.3 ppg, 9.9 rpg and 3.5 spg...she was named the All-Star Game MVP and led the league in points and steals.
2012: Catchings has been named to represent the United States in the 2012 Olympics in London…she will pursue her third Olympic gold medal.
2010: Catchings helped the U.S. to a gold medal in the FIBA World Championships, conducted in Czech Republic…averaging 19.3 minutes per game, Catchings averaged 8.8 points and 2.8 rebounds in the tournament.
2008: In her second Olympics with Team USA, Catchings appeared in all eight games of the Olympic Tournament and claimed her second Olympic gold medal…Catchings led the U.S. with 14 steals in the tournament, while averaging 6.8 points and 4.4 rebounds per game…she shot 72.4 percent from the floor to lead the U.S.
2006-07: Catchings led the U.S. in points (12.8), rebounds (9.0) and steals (3.8) during the Senior Women’s National Team’s 2007-08 training camp four-game tour in Italy...she was second on the team with 1.5 apg.
2006: Catchings was a starter for the United States while earning a bronze medal at the 2006 FIBA World Championship for Women conducted in Sao Paulo, Brazil...the team finished 8-1 in the tournament, falling to Russia in a semifinal game and downing Brazil for the bronze medal...Catchings finished the tournament averaging 7.0 ppg and 6.9 rpg...her 18 steals led the U.S.
2004: Catchings won her first Olympic gold medal while starting every game for the United States in Athens, Greece...sixth on the team in scoring (6.9 ppg), Catchings was solid in multiple categories for the U.S. – first in minutes (24.8), steals (2.8) and free throw percentage (.833) and third in rebounds (5.4)...Catchings posted 11 points and a game-high five steals in a semifinal win over Russia, 8/27...she had one point, five boards, a block and two steals in the gold medal-win over Australia, 8/28...she finished with an Olympic-high 14 points against Spain, 8/20.
2002: Following the 2002 WNBA season, she helped lead the U.S. National Team to a gold medal in the FIBA World Championship for Women held in China...in the World Championship, she averaged 10.0 ppg and was second on the squad with 5.7 rpg...she was the team's top outside threat, nailing a team-high 13 3-pt FG in nine games, shooting 48 percent beyond the arc.
2000-01: She led her team in scoring (15.1 ppg) and rebounding (8.6 rpg) before suffering a season-ending torn right ACL (17th game of the season)...she led Tennessee to a 16-1 record and a No. 2 national ranking before the injury...she was a Kodak All-America recipient for the fourth consecutive season, then one of only four women ever to be named four times... she finished her college career ranked third in the school's history in points (2,113) and rebounds (1,004) and second in steals (311) and blocked shots (140)...she posted 33 career double-doubles...she graduated with honors a semester ahead of her class with a bachelor's degree in sport management, 12/00...a 2001 Academic All-SEC honoree, she earned a perfect 4.0 GPA during her final undergraduate semester.
1999-00: She was a consensus All-American and received numerous honors following her junior season, including the Naismith National Player of the Year Award while guiding the Lady Vols to the NCAA Championship game for the second time in her four college seasons...she received an ESPY Award as the 2000 College Player of the Year...she scored double figures 32 times and grabbed double-digit rebounds 11 times while recording nine double-doubles...she led her team in scoring (15.7), rebounding (7.9) and steals (2.5).
1998-99: She was named to the Kodak All-America Team for the second time...she also was named to The Associated Press All-America Team, as well as Sports Illustrated, The Sporting News and Women's Basketball Journal All-America Teams...she was a member of the SEC's All-Academic Team...starting all 34 games, she scored double-figure 29 times and recorded eight double-doubles...she was second on the team in scoring (16.6), rebounding (7.3) and assists (95)...she led the team in steals (88)...she scored a career-high 38 points in 27 minutes against Florida in the SEC Tournament, just two points shy of the SEC Tournament record.
1997-98: She joined Holdsclaw as the second member of the Lady Vols to be honored as a Kodak All-American as a freshman...she celebrated her first SEC title with spots on the All-Tournament, All-SEC and All-Freshman Teams...she was selected as Freshman of the Year by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association, The Sporting News and the SEC coaches...she was named to the All-Final Four Team, as her team won the national championship...she scored double figures 36 times, grabbed double-digit rebounds nine times and recorded nine double-doubles...she scored a school freshman record 711 points and tallied a Tennessee freshman record 35 points against DePaul.