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Tamika's Biography

Born: July 21, 1979; Stratford, New Jersey

High School:

  • Adlai E. Stevenson, Lincolnshire, Illinois and Duncanville, Texas
  • Named WBCA All-American, participated in WBCA High School All-America Game
  • Together with sister Tauja, combined to win Illinois state basketball championship.
  • Also led Duncanville volleyball team to its only state title as a junior.


  • University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee
  • 1997-2001, voted All-American each year while a member of U of Tennessee Lady Volunteers and captured NCAA Basketball Championship

Professional Career:

  • Drafted: 2001, 3rd overall, Women's National Basketball Association
  • Due to ACL injury Tamika missed entire 2001 season
  • Debuted in 2002 and named WNBA Rookie of the Year
  • 2005 scored her 2,000th WNBA point, fastest on record
  • A 7-time WNBA All-Star, a 5-time All-WNBA selection,
  • 5-time WNBA Defensive Player of the Year
  • WNBA All-Time Scoring Leader

Career Highlights:

  • 1997 - first player credited with recording a quintuple double (25 points, 18 rebounds, 11 assists, 10 steals and 10 blocks). Accomplished the feat twice at Duncanville
  • Member, All-Decade Team
  • Olympic Gold Medalist – 2004, 2008, 2012
  • World Championship Gold Medalist – 2002, 2010 - Bronze Medalist – 2006
  • 2012 - Became the 9th player in WNBA history to win an NCAA Championship, a Gold Medal in the Olympics, and a WNBA Championship
  • Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award, 2010, 2013
  • 2012 to present, President of the WNBA Players Association
  • World Under 18 and 19 Championships - Silver Medalist, U18, 1996 – Gold Medalist, U19, 1997
  • Jones Cup - Gold Medalist - 1998

WNBA SPOTLIGHT: Tamika Catchings (YouTube)


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