December 17, 2014 Louisville KY (Analyzed Sports)
Indiana Honor’s Catch
While the game of basketball has its share of highlight plays and three pointers, there is also an aspect of physicality to the game. In the WNBA no one brings that physicality and energy better than Tamika Catchings of the Indiana Fever. Catchings can be seen always pestering an opponent on defense and always battling inside the paint for post position.
Tamika Catchings may have turned 35 over the summer, but the 13 year WNBA veteran had a great season last year . Catchings battled injuries throughout the season but still managed to lead the Fever all the way to the WNBA Eastern Conference Finals. In the playoffs she averaged nearly 16 points, nine rebounds, and three assists per game.
I witnessed Catchings play for the first time with Analyzed Sports during a home game last season against the Chicago Sky. The game was on August 17th and that same night former Fever head coach Linn Dunn had her jersey hung up atop of Banker’s Life Fieldhouse. Catchings scored 25 points and snagged nine rebounds, she scored 10 of her 25 points in the 4th quarter. Her performance in the 4th quarter was one of the best basketball performances I have ever witnessed in person.
Tamika Catchings has had numerous awards throughout her career she was 2011 WNBA MVP, she led the Fever to the 2012 WNBA championship, and she is a three-time Olympic gold medalist. She has battled through numerous injuries throughout her career and still manages to be number one all-time in WNBA Playoffs scoring. Still out of all the accolades Tamika Catchings has gathered throughout her career, what was announced on Tuesday may be her biggest achievement yet.
The Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame announced Tuesday that Tamika Catchings would be its newest member in the Hall of Fame next year. Catchings stated this via Instagram about her Hall of Fame induction,”Thanking god for being elected into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame”. She went on to say ” Weird thinking about being in the Hall while still playing, but so amazing and such an honor!” Catchings plans on playing for the Fever until 2016, so this won’t be the end of the road for the newly inducted Hall of Famer.
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