Tamika Catchings was one of the best two-way players in the history of basketball. The four-time Olympic gold medalist and five-time WNBA Defensive Player of the Year is also one of the most decorated players ever, and she accomplished all of this and much more while living with a severe hearing impairment. Catchings was a relentless force at the University of Tennessee where she won an NCAA national championship in 1998 and was a First Team Kodak All-America all four seasons. In the WNBA, Catchings made her impact felt immediately earning Rookie of the Year and All-WNBA honors her first season before ultimately leading the Indiana Fever to the 2012 WNBA championship. A ten-time All-Star, she ranked in the top ten in 16 key statistical categories at the time of her retirement including first in steals and third in both points and rebounds. Catchings was the first player in history to record double figures in five categories with 25 points, 18 rebounds, 11 assists, 10 steals, and 10 blocked shots as a high school senior in 1997.
BornJuly 21, 1979 Stratford, NJ
Professional CareerIndiana Fever
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