Tamika Catchings is a former American basketball player. Moreover, Tamika Catchings played for the Indiana Fever of the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) for 15 years.
Table of Biography
Tamika Devonne Catchingsbest known as Tamika Catching was born on the 21st of July, 1979, in Stratford, New Jersey, the United States of America. According to his birth date, he is 43 years old and holds an American nationality.
Moreover, he believes in Christianity and her zodiac sign is Cancer. In addition, she is the daughter of Harvey Catchings (father) and Wanda Catchings (mother).
Her father is a former professional basketball player, whereas her mother is also a former basketball player. She has two siblings whose names are Bobby Catchings and Tauja Catchings who are also basketball players. Moreover, Tamika grew up in an athlete family which has helped to grow her basketball skill and abilities.
Regarding her academic career, she attended Adlai E. Stevenson High School. Later, she moved to Duncanville High School, where she was named a WBCA All-American. She earned twelve points while competing in the WBCA High School All-America Game.
She is also the first athlete in history, regardless of level, to receive official credit for a quintuple-double (25 points, 18 rebounds, 11 assists, 10 steals, and 10 blocks). From 1997 to 2001, she played basketball for the Tennessee Lady Volunteers and was an All-American.
In 2000, she won the WBCA Player of the Year title, the USBWA Women’s National Player of the Year award, the AP Player of the Year award, and the Naismith College Player of the Year award.
She was a member of the “Meeks” as a freshman on the unbeaten 1997–98 National Champions, along with Semeka Randall and Chamique Holdsclaw. Further, she earned a bachelor’s degree in sports management with a minor in business from the University of Tennessee.
2001- 2011 Career
In 2001, the Indiana Fever selected Tamika Catchings with the third overall pick. Due to an ACL injury, she sustained during her senior year at Tennessee, she was unable to participate in the 2001 season.
However, she had a wonderful year in 2002 and was named WNBA Rookie of the Year while averaging 18.6 points per game, making an immediate impact on the Fever roster in her first year as a professional.
Despite the Fever missing the playoffs that year, she had the greatest season of her career in 2003, when she averaged a career-high 19.7 points per game. She reached the 2,000-point mark in the WNBA in 2005.
With this, she became the WNBA player to achieve the 2000-point mark the quickest, doing it in just four seasons of play. She also achieved 1,000 rebounds, 400 assists, and 300 steals the quickest. She was also recognized as the WNBA Defensive Player of the Year in 2005.
In 2006, she won Defensive Player of the Year once more. In 2009 and 2010, she received the Defensive Player of the Year award once more. While scoring 15.5 ppg, 7.1 RPG, 3.5 APG, and 2.0 SPG in 2011 and guiding the Fever to a 21-13 record and first place in the Eastern Conference, she was named the WNBA’s Most Valuable Player.
She struggled offensively throughout the playoffs, posting a playoff-low of 10.0 points per game. During the second game of the series, Catchings injured his right foot.
2012- till her retirement
Despite being able to participate in game three, she had a poor performance after the injury, playing only 10 minutes and going 0 for 4 from the field. The Fever changed their starting lineup in 2012, with Shavonte Zellous playing shooting guard throughout the regular season, Tamika playing power forward, and Douglas playing small forward.
With a 22-12 record, the Fever placed second in the Eastern Conference. She missed the first 17 games of the 2014 season for the Fever due to an injured back, but she made a comeback six games before she was chosen to participate in the WNBA All-Star Game.
After scoring a three-point field goal in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference playoffs against the Washington Mystics on August 23, 2014, she passed Lisa Leslie’s 908 career playoff points to become the WNBA’s all-time top scorer.
She passed Tina Thompson for the most all-star appearances in 2015 by being selected as a WNBA All-Star for the 10th time in her career while averaging 13.1 points per game. She played her whole career for the Fever until retiring from the WNBA in 2016.
In her WNBA career, she has received several awards and honors. She has received WNBA All-Star (10 times), All-WNBA First Team (7 times), All-WNBA Second Team (5 times), WNBA Defensive Player of the Year (5 times), WNBA All-Defensive First Team (10 times), and many more.
As a former, WNBA basketball player, she earned a decent sum of money in her profession. Moreover, her net worth estimates at around $300,000 and she has not revealed her income and salary in public.
This former basketball player married Parnell Smith who is a former basketball player from Buffalo University. They first met each other through a mutual friend in July 2015. However, there is not much information regarding their married life and their child. As of now, this retired basketball player is not a part of controversy or rumors at the moment.
Body Measurement and Social Media
She stands 6 feet tall and 76 kg. Moreover, his former player has dark brown hair and black eyes color and there is no other information regarding her other body stats.
On her Instagram, there are more than 85.1k followers. Likewise, there are more than 78.7k followers on Twitter and more than 4.4k friends on Facebook.