Player Review 2015: Tamika Catchings

Tamika Catchings

Height: 6-1
Position: Forward
Age: 36
Years Pro: 14
College: Tennessee
Drafted: 3rd overall by Indiana, First Round – 2001 WNBA Draft

Stats: Catchings appeared in 30 regular season games (30 starts), averaging 13.1 points, 7.1 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1.8 steals, and 0.8 blocks in 26.6 minutes per game. She shot 38.2 percent from the field, 29.5 percent from 3-point range, and 86.8 percent from the free throw line.

Photo Gallery: Tamika Catchings in 2015 »»

Notable Performance: Catchings’ most impressive performance of the regular season came in a June 12 victory over the Phoenix Mercury. She posted season-highs with 27 points (9-of-17 on field goals) and 13 rebounds, and added two assists and a steal in 30 minutes of action.

Postseason: Catchings’ best game of the postseason occurred during the September 21 series-clinching road defeat of the Chicago Sky in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. She scored 27 points, hitting 8-of-16 field goal attempts, 3-of-7 3-point attempts, and all eight free throw attempts, while also accumulating nine rebounds and six assists in 35 minutes played.

Catchings’ reached several career milestones during her 2015 campaign. She is currently ranked first in WNBA history in career steals (1012), first in Free Throws Made (1,898), and first in Free Throw Attempts (2,263). She is also ranked second behind Tina Thompson in total points scored (6,947), second behind Lisa Leslie in career rebounds (3153), seventh in career assists (1,422), and 11th in career blocks (375). She has played a total of 423 career games, the 10th highest total in WNBA history, and a total of 13,539 career minutes, good enough for fifth-most all-time.

Catchings’ was named to her WNBA-record 10th All-Star game in 2015, passing a milestone she had previously shared with Tina Thompson. Catchings has been a starter in each of her 10 All-Star appearances over her 14 seasons.

The former 2002 WNBA Rookie of the Year, 2011 WNBA Most Valuable Player, five-time WNBA Defensive Player of the Year (2005-06, 2009-10, and 2012), and seven-time All-WNBA First Team member (2002-03, 2006, 2009-12) has announced that she will retire following the 2016 season, bringing one of the most successful and celebrated careers in WNBA history to a close.

October 16, 2015 – Tamika Catchings talks with’s Greg Rappaport at the conclusion of her 2015 season with the Indiana Fever.

October 14, 2015 – After the Fever’s 2015 season came to an end with a loss in Game 5 of the 2015 WNBA Finals, All-Star forward Tamika Catchings reflects on what made this group so special.

October 14, 2015 – In the final shootaround before the deciding Game 5 of the WNBA Finals in Minnesota, Fever forward Tamika Catchings talked about the team’s mentality before the big game.

October 4, 2015 – Fever forward Tamika Catchings discusses Indiana’s 75-69 win over the Minnesota Lynx in Game 1 of the 2015 WNBA Finals.

September, 21 2015 – Tamika Catchings drops 27 points in Game 3 win over the Chicago Sky.

July 28, 2015 – Tamika Catchings becomes the No. 2 scorer in WNBA history.

July 27, 2015 – Following her final WNBA All-Star game, Tamika Catchings discusses the legacy she hopes to leave behind.

May 27, 2015 – Tamika Catchings Q & A at Indiana Fever Media Day 2015.