Fever, Tennessee, Olympic Great to be Inducted in June
INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Fever, Tennessee Lady Volunteer and U.S. Olympic great Tamika Catchings will be inducted into the 2020 Class of the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, it was announced Monday night.
Induction ceremonies take place June 13 in Knoxville, Tennessee, home of the Women’s Hall of Fame.
“I am grateful and honored to be inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame,” said Catchings, now general manager and vice president of basketball operations for the Fever. “I share this with all inductees, but especially my college coach, mentor and friend, Pat Summitt. She believed in me before I believed in myself which provided opportunities beyond my imagination. Her influence in my life continues to inspire me to use my voice and my platform to impact future generations.”
Catchings played 15 seasons with the Fever, was named the 2011 WNBA MVP and led the Fever to the 2012 WNBA Championship, earning Finals MVP honors. Catchings was named to the All-WNBA team 12 times in her career. Catchings played at Tennessee from 1997-2001, winning a national championship. She ranks fourth all time in career points for the Lady Vols.
She also won four consecutive Olympic gold medals with Team USA from 2002-2016.“On behalf of our owners Herb and Steve Simon and the entire Pacers Sports & Entertainment family, we could not be more delighted for Tamika in receiving this Hall of Fame distinction,” said PS&E President and Chief Operating Officer Rick Fuson.
Catchings is the third Fever representative to be chosen for the Women’s Hall of Fame, joining her former coach, Lin Dunn, and current Fever coach Marianne Stanley.
Catchings also is a nominee for the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass. The finalists for the 2020 class will be unveiled during the NBA All-Star festivities this weekend in Chicago with the inductees revealed at the NCAA Men’s Final Four in April in Atlanta.
The Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2020 was revealed tonight on ESPN2 during the UConn versus South Carolina game.