2014 USA 3x3 National Championship
Colorado Springs, Colo.
May 9-11
2014 USA 3x3 National Championship
Colorado Springs, Colo.
May 9-11

Tamika Catchings

Position: Forward
Height: 6'2' / 188 cms.
Weight: 162 lbs. / 74 kgs..
WNBA Team: Indiana Fever
School: University of Tennessee '01
Twitter: @Catchin24

USA Basketball Notes:

  • Gold Medals: 2004, 2008 & 2012 Olympics, 2002 & 2010 FIBA World Championships, 2008 FIBA Diamond Ball Tournament, 2002 Opals World Challenge, 1998 R. William Jones Cup, 1997 FIBA Junior World Championship.
  • Silver Medal: 1997 COPABA Junior World Championship Qualifying Tournament (U18).
  • Bronze Medal: 2006 FIBA World Championship.
  • Participated in the 2013 USA National Team mini-camp Oct. 4-6 in Las Vegas.
  • Began her USA Basketball career in 1996 while still in high school and competed on four junior teams before being called up to the USA National Team in 2002.
  • Since joining the USA National Team in 2002, aided the USA to a combined 50-1 record in major international competitions, winning three-straight Olympic gold medals, two FIBA World Championship gold medals and one FIBA World Championship bronze medal; also led the USA National Team, to an overall 37-1 exhibition record since 2002.
  • Is one of only eight players to have earned a World Championship gold medal, Olympic gold medal, an NCAA title and WNBA championship (Sue Bird, Swin Cash, Cynthia Cooper, Maya Moore, Sheryl Swoopes, Diana Taurasi and Kara Wolters).
  • Member of the 1998 USA R. William Jones Cup Team that posted a 5-0 record in Taipei, Taiwan.
  • Member of the 1997 USA Junior World Championship (U19) Team that won the gold medal with a 6-1 record in Natal, Brazil.
  • Is the first American woman to claim gold at both the junior and senior level FIBA World Championships, a feat matched by Maya Moore (2006 U19, 2010 World Championship).
  • Member of the 1996 USA Junior World Championship Qualifying (U18) Team that captured the silver medal with a 4-1 record in Chetumal, Mexico.

Professional Notes

  • Drafted: No. 3 in 2001 by the Indiana Fever.
  • WNBA Title: 2012
  • WNBA MVP: 2011
  • WNBA Finals MVP: 2012
  • All-WNBA first team: 2002, 2003, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
  • All-WNBA second team: 2004, 2005, 2007 , 2013
  • WNBA Defensive Player of the Year: 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2012
  • WNBA All-Defensive first team: 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
  • WNBA Rookie of the Year: 2002
  • WNBA All-Star Games: 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006 (injured), 2007, 2009, 2011 , 2013
  • WNBA All-Decade Team: 1997-06
  • Top 15 Players in WNBA History (15th Anniv. Team): 2011
  • Korea League titles: 2002, 2003, 2006, 2007
  • Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award: 2010, 2013
  • All-Chinese WBCA first team: 2013.
    WBCA Forward of the Year: 2013.
    WBCA All-Imports Team: 2013.
  • Helped lead the Fever in 2013 to a 16-18 record and the Eastern Conference Finals; averaged 17.7 ppg. during the regular season and 18.5 ppg. in the playoffs.
  • Honed her game internationally in China, South Korea, Russia and Turkey and won four Korean titles with Woori Bank Hansae (2002, 2003, 2006, 2007).
  • Suffered a torn plantar fascia in her right foot in the second game of the 2011 Eastern Conference Finals (09/25/11) and spent the off-season in rehab.
  • In 2010 became the first player to earn a fourth Defensive Player of the Year award and is the only player to be named to the All-Defensive first team all eight years.
  • Tore her Achilles tendon on Sept. 3, 2007, and underwent surgery on Sept. 5.
  • Leading vote-getter for the 2006 WNBA All-Star Game.
  • Finished as runner-up for the 2003 WNBA MVP award.
  • Received 48 out of a possible 60 WNBA Rookie of the Year votes in 2002 and finished as the second vote getter for WNBA Defensive Player of the Year.
  • Sat out the 2001 WNBA season while recovering from a torn right ACL, which cut short her final season at Tennessee. She then suffered torn cartilage in the same knee during practice on July 5, underwent surgery and missed the remainder of the season.

College Notes

  •  During her four years at Tennessee, UT posted a 134-10 overall record (.931), collected four Southeastern Conference regular season crowns, three SEC Tournament titles, competed in four NCAA Tournaments, won the NCAA title in 1998, advanced to the NCAA Final Four in 2000 and made the 1999 Elite Eight and 2001 Sweet Sixteen.
  • ESPY award winner as the College Women's Basketball Player of the Year (2001).
  • Consensus National Player of the Year (2000).
  • NCAA All-Final Four (1998, 2000), NCAA Regional Most Outstanding Player (2000) and NCAA All-Regional (1999, 2000).
  • A four-time Kodak/WBCA All-America first team selection, National Rookie of the Year (1998) by The Sporting News and the USBWA.
  • All-SEC first team (1998, 1999, 2000), All-SEC second team (2001), SEC All-Tournament Team (1998, 1999, 2000), SEC Newcomer/Freshman of the Year (1998).

Personal Notes

  • Born July 21, 1979 in Stratford, New Jersey; finished high school in Duncanville, Texas; after spending her first two years of high school playing basketball with her sister, Tauja, in Lincolnshire, Illinois; and currently resides in Indianapolis, Indiana.
  • Daughter of Wanda and Harvey Catchings, has two brothers, Kenyon and Bryce and two sisters, Tauja and Chrystie.
  • Her father competed 11 years in the NBA for the LA Clippers, Milwaukee, New Jersey, and Philadelphia. He then worked in the league office as the Director, NBA Player Programs.
  • Has career ambitions of being a general manager of a professional basketball team.
  • Annually hosts ‘Catch The Stars,' a holiday basketball camp that in 2010 celebrated its 10th year. She is the lead instructor at the three-day camp, which features over 100 kids ages 9-14.
  • Involved heavily in her community, was called upon by President Bush to attend his 2004 State of the Union speech as a representative of all 2004 Olympians and Olympic hopefuls.
  • Honored by the WNBA for her work, Catchings has received several Off-Season WNBA Community Assist awards.
  • In addition to hosting camps and clinics and raising money to enable disadvantaged youths to attend basketball camps, Catchings created the Catch the Stars Foundation in 2004. Taking advice from three-time Olympian Dawn Staley, the foundation is targeted towards at-risk youths and its goal is to provide both
    academic and athletics programs. In 2008 Catchings was awarded the Dawn Staley Community Leadership Award.
  • Has some hearing loss and was honored during her junior season at UT with the Reynolds Society Achievement Award by the world-famous Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary in Boston. The annual award is presented to an individual who has overcome hearing, vision or voice loss and who has distinguished themselves and provided inspiration to others.
  • Collected numerous national accolades as a prep star, including the 1997 Boost/Naismith and Rawlings/WBCA National Prep Player of the Year awards. A four-time Parade Magazine All-American, she was also named to the 1997 USA Today Girls High School All-USA first team, as well as Texas Player of the Year by USA Today. In 1995 Catchings was named Illinois Miss Basketball as a sophomore, becoming the first underclassman in Illinois to receive the award.

USA Basketball Statistics
TEAM
G/ S
FGM-FGA
PCT
3PM-3PA
PCT
FTM-FTA
PCT
REB/AVG
PTS/AVG
AST
BLK
STL
12 OLY
8/8
20-45
.444
1-6
.167
8-16
.500
39/4.9
49/6.1
17
5
13
12 OLYx
5/5
18-39
.462
2-4
.500
6-6
1.000
24/4.8
44/8.8
7
3
17
10 WC
9/ 9
28- 54
.519
6- 14
.429
17- 21
.810
25/ 2.8
79/ 8.8
12
3
12
10 WCx
4/ 2
10- 25
.400
0- 7
.000
10- 11
.909
17/ 4.3
30/ 7.5
8
4
8
10 WNT
1/ 1
1- 3
.333
1- 1
1.000
0- 0
.---
1/ 1.0
3/ 3.0
4
3
1
08 OLY
8/ 0
21- 29
.724
5- 7
.714
7- 12
.583
35/ 4.4
54/ 6.8
14
4
14
08 OLYx
2/ 0
0- 3
.000
0- 1
.000
2- 2
1.000
6/ 3.0
2/ 1.0
4
0
5
07 WNT
4/ 4
21- 46
.457
4- 9
.444
5- 6
.833
36/ 9.0
51/ 12.8
6
2
15
06 WC
9/ 9
20- 46
.435
3- 11
.273
20- 27
.741
62/ 6.9
63/ 7.0
13
3
18
06 WCx
1/ 1
2- 7
.286
0- 3
.000
0- 2
.000
2/ 2.0
4/ 4.0
1
1
3
04 OLY
8/ 8
19- 47
.404
2- 8
.250
15- 18
.833
43/ 5.4
55/ 6.9
3
4
22
04 WNT
16/ 7
57- 115
.496
15- 33
.455
17- 20
.850
92/ 5.8
146/ 9.1
19
10
28
02 WC
9/ 9
33- 59
.559
13- 27
.481
11- 16
.688
51/ 5.7
90/ 10.0
9
0
22
02 WCX
4/ 4
15- 32
.469
3- 10
.300
1- 5
.200
24/ 6.0
34/ 8.5
7
3
6
02 WNT
1/ 1
4- 11
.364
1- 3
.333
0- 0
.---
4/ 4.0
9/ 9.0
1
0
0
98 JCUP
5/ 5
12- 30
.400
2- 8
.250
6- 9
.667
19/ 3.8
32/ 6.4
9
7
9
97 JWC
6/ 4
30- 54
.556
4- 12
.333
15- 20
.750
43/ 7.2
79/ 13.2
9
-
19
97 JWCx
3/ 1
11- 27
.407
0- 6
.000
5- 10
.500
16/ 5.3
27/ 9.0
6
3
9
96 JWCQ
5/ -
*10/ 5.0
*42/ 14.0
-
-
-
Totals
108/78
322- 672
.479
62-170
.365
145-201
.721
*549/ 5.2
*893/ 8.4
149
55
221
 
NOTE: Blocks were not kept at the 1997 FIBA Junior World Championship. Complete statistics are unavailable for the 1996 Junior World Championship Qualifying Tournament.
* Catchings' rebound totals at the 1996 Junior World Championship Qualifying Tournament are for two games; her points reflect three games only; and starts are unknown. Therefore, her rebound average is over 105 instead of 108 games and scoring average is over 106 instead of 108 games.


WNBA Statistics
YEAR
G/ S
FGM-FGA
PCT
3PM-3PA
PCT
FTM-FTA
PCT
REB/AVG
PTS/AVG
AST
BLK
STL
2013
30/30
179- 452
.396
36- 112
.321
136-158
.861
213/ 7.1
530/ 17.7
71
31
85
2012
34/34
200-463
.432
50-132
.379
140-162
.864
258/ 7.6
590/ 17.4
107
29
70
2011
33/33
168-384
.438
32-92
.348
143-162
.883
233/7.1
511/ 15.5
115
30
67
2010
34/ 34
207- 428
.484
47- 105
.448
157- 185
.849
242/ 7.1
618/ 18.2
135
30
77
2009
34/ 34
157- 407
.386
40- 122
.328
158- 181
.873
245/ 7.2
512/ 15.1
107
18
99
2008
25/ 17
101- 258
.391
38- 88
.432
92- 115
.800
157/ 6.3
332/ 13.3
83
11
49
2007
21/ 21
108- 259
.417
23- 74
.311
109- 133
.820
189/ 9.0
348/ 16.6
98
22
66
2006
32/ 32
162- 398
.407
32- 107
.299
165- 204
.809
240/ 7.5
521/ 16.3
119
35
94
2005
34/ 34
157- 410
.383
35- 123
.285
152- 193
.788
264/ 7.8
501/ 14.7
143
16
90
2004
34/ 33
180- 468
.385
56- 167
.385
152- 178
.854
249/ 7.3
568/ 16.7
115
38
67
2003
34/ 34
221- 512
.432
74- 191
.387
155- 183
.847
272/ 8.0
671/ 19.7
114
35
72
2002
32/ 32
184- 439
.419
76- 193
.394
150- 184
.815
276/ 8.6
594/ 18.6
118
43
94
2001
DNP -- injured
Totals
377/368
2024-4878
.415
539-1506
.358
1709-2038
.839
2838/ 7.5
6296/ 16.7
1325
338
930


College Statistics

YEAR
G/ S
FGM-FGA
PCT
3PM-3PA
PCT
FTM-FTA
PCT
REB/AVG
PTS/AVG
AST
BLK
STL
2001
17/ 17
93- 195
.477
23- 67
.343
50- 62
.806
150/ 8.8
259/ 15.2
50
20
31
2000
37/ 37
209- 440
.475
40- 121
.331
122- 159
.767
292/ 7.9
580/ 15.7
101
28
92
1999
34/ 34
205- 400
.513
19- 68
.279
134- 173
.775
249/ 7.3
563/ 16.6
95
31
88
1998
39/ 37
253- 471
.537
40- 110
.364
165- 217
.760
313/ 8.0
711/ 18.2
92
61
100
TOTALS
127/125
760-1506
.505
122- 366
.333
471- 611
.771
1004/ 7.9
2113/ 16.6
338
140
311