All information courtesy of the 2015 Indiana Fever Media Guide.
Catchings started all 16 games in which she played, averaging 16.1 points and 6.4 rebounds per contest…she was named second team WNBA All-Defense and earned Eastern Conference Player of the Month honors for the month of August…Catchings scored 12 of her season-high 29 points in the first quarter at New York, 8/10…the star forward connected on 11-of-19 from the floor, including a season-high 4 3-pointers and was three points shy of tying her career high scoring mark…she dished a season-high four assists in the win…Catchings did not play during the preseason or in any of the Fever’s first 17 regular season games due to precautionary measures with a sore back.
Catchings started all 30 games in which she played, leading the team in points per game (17.7) and finishing second in assists per game (2.4)…she posted double-doubles in three of four games from Aug. 24 to Sept. 6, missing four straight by a single rebound…she was named the East Player of the Week on Sept. 2, the WNBA-leading 20th player of the week award of her career…she stuffed the box score with 17 points, 10 rebounds, five steals and four blocks against Chicago, 8/3, recording the 85th double-double of her career…Catchings became the first player in league history to rank among the top 10 career leaders in points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks…she became the No. 4 scorer in WNBA history while scoring 23 points at Tulsa, 7/25, while also adding nine rebounds, three assists, and three steals…on her 34th birthday, she overcame a bloodied nose to record the 84th double-double of her career at Washington, 7/21, scoring 23 points with 10 rebounds while adding six assists and three steals, resulting in East Player of the Week honors…she returned from a lower back injury to score a season-high 28 points against Tulsa, 6/28, finishing 9-of-18 from the floor while adding five rebounds, three assists, six steals and four blocked shots…her six steals against Tulsa, 6/28, matched her season high from 2012 while her four blocks in the same game were her highest figure since a career high five against Charlotte in 2006.
In 34 starts, Catchings averaged 17.4 points, 7.6 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 2.1 steals per game…she was named the WNBA Defensive Player of the Year for the fifth-time in her career…she was named to the All-WNBA First-Team for the seventh time…she was third in WNBA MVP voting, with statistics better than in her 2011 MVP season…she was named to the WNBA All-Defensive First-Team for the eighth time in her career…she finished eighth in the WNBA for scoring, sixth in rebounds and fifth in steals…she became the second player in WNBA history, joining Katie Douglas, with 500 3-point field goals and 500 steals in her career…she posted 10 double-doubles in 34 games…she recorded eight games with 20 points or more, including a career-high six 3-pointers and season-high 31 points vs. Connecticut, 6/8…Catchings earned four Eastern Conference Player of the Week awards, the most of any season in her career, and also was the East’s player of the month for August.
The WNBA’s Most Valuable Player started in 33 games before missing the final game of the regular season…she averaged 15.5 points, 7.1 rebounds, and 3.5 assists per game…her seventh point vs. the Liberty, 8/13, was the 5,000 of her career, becoming the sixth in league history to reach that mark…she matched a career-high with 32 points and was 17-of-19 from the foul line in that game…she set Fever records for free throws made and attempted the same night…she became the first player in WNBA history to score 5,000 points, have 2,000 rebounds, and dish 1,000 assists…she recorded a season-high 15 rebounds at Connecticut 6/17…she ranked fourth in the WNBA in steals and became the league’s all-time leader on 7/9 vs. Washington, passing Ticha Penicheiro…she had a season-high six thefts in that game, including a WNBA-record tying five in the fourth period…she posted four double-doubles in 33 games…in addition to being named WNBA MVP, she was named to the All-WNBA First Team and the WNBA All-Defensive Team…she had a string of 114 consecutive starts snapped by a bruised knee, three starts away from the franchise record.
The WNBA’s MVP runner-up for a second straight season, Catchings posted perhaps the finest year of her career… an 18.2-point scoring average was her best since 2003 and her 48.4 percent shooting clip easily the best of her career…she shot a career-high 44.8 percent from the 3-point stripe and led the WNBA in steals (77) for the fourth time…she recorded a season-high 30 points during a 95-93 win over eventual East champion Atlanta, 8/6…she posted eight double-doubles in 34 games and twice was named the Eastern Conference Player of the Week…in addition to being named to the All-WNBA First Team and WNBA All-Defensive Team, she received the league’s Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award…Catchings represented the USA in the Stars at the Sun midseason classic featuring stars of the WNBA against the USA Basketball National Team, preparing for the World Championships.
The WNBA’s MVP runner-up started in all 34 games…she averaged 15.1 points, 7.2 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 2.9 steals per game…Catchings won her third WNBA Defensive Player of the Year award and was only one steal from tying the WNBA record for most steals in a season (100)…she was also named to the All-WNBA First Team and the WNBA All-Defensive Team…with teammate Katie Douglas, Catchings was an All-Star starter…she led the team in rebounds, steals and assists, and was second in scoring…Catchings shot .873 from the free-throw line while leading the WNBA in free throws made…she was sixth in the WNBA with seven double-doubles…Catchings had six steals in a game five different times.
In an abbreviated season due to injury and rehabilitation, Catchings started 17 games in 25 appearances…she averaged 13.3 points and 6.3 rebounds per game…she scored in double-digits in 17 of 25 appearances, and scored 20 points or more in five out of six games during the final stretch of the regular season…she posted identical double-doubles (20 points, 10 rebounds) in back-to-back games at Detroit, 9/5, and Atlanta, 9/8, to open the month of September…despite a shortened season, she still was named to the WNBA All-Defensive Team for the fourth straight season…her 1.96 steals per game was fifth in the league…Catchings shot a career-best 43.2 percent from behind the arc in 2008, second-best on the team and fourth in the WNBA.
Catchings averaged 16.6 points, 9.0 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 3.1 steals per game while starting in all 21 of her appearances…she was having perhaps the best season of her career, including career-high averages in rebounds and assists before she injured her left foot (partially torn plantar fascia) vs. Detroit, 7/20…she missed the final 13 games of the regular season…the Fever was 5-8 in her absence…she was named All-WNBA second team and was a first-team selection to the WNBA All-Defensive team for the third straight season…she posted a season-high 26 points to go with 14 rebounds in a win at Detroit, 6/16…she had a season-high 15 rebounds one night earlier against Phoenix, 6/15…she had 22 points, 13 rebounds and six assists to go with two steals in 37 minutes vs. Chicago, 7/18…the game vs. the Sky represented her seventh double-double of the season and the 50th of her career…despite missing 13 games, she led the WNBA in steals for a third consecutive season.
Catchings averaged 16.3 ppg and 7.5 rpg, to go with a league-leading 2.94 spg to earn her second consecutive Defensive Player of the Year Award…she earned First Team All-WNBA honors, and was named at midseason to the WNBA’s 10th Anniversary All-Decade Team…she was the leading vote-getter for the WNBA All-Star Game, but was unable to play due to a heel injury…she scored a season-high 30 points, snared nine rebounds with three assists and three steals in an overtime win at New York, 6/13…in the same game, she broke a 78-78 tie on a jump shot with just one tenth of a second left in overtime…Catchings was named the WNBA Player of the Week for the ninth time in her career, as she was honored for the week ending 7/30…she scored 20+ points nine times and scored in double figures in all but four games, including each of the last 17…her 165 FT and 204 FTA both were second in the WNBA…she topped the league in steals with 94, which tied her own mark for the second-highest figure in WNBA history…she helped the Fever to a total of 355 steals, the highest figure by a team in WNBA history…she missed two games early in the season (at Houston, 5/31, and at Minnesota, 6/2) due to a sprained right arch – they were the first games she had missed in her WNBA career.
Catchings started all 34 games and led the Fever to the Eastern Conference Finals, averaging 14.7 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 4.2 apg and 2.6 spg…she was named the WNBA’s Defensive Player of the Year and a member of the WNBA All-Defensive First Team…she led the league with 90 steals while no other player in the WNBA had more than 67 thefts…she finished with a club record 143 assists in 2005…she had a season-best eight steals against Connecticut, 7/13…it was the most steals by any player in the WNBA in 2005…she tied a Fever record with three consecutive double-doubles, 7/26-7/31, and fell one rebound short of her fourth in a row vs. Seattle, 8/4…she led the WNBA with 193 free throws attempted and ranked second in the league with 152 free throws made…she set team single-game records for free throws made and attempted, shooting 15-17 vs. Phoenix, 5/24…she scored 20+ points a team-high 10 times, including a season-best 28 points vs. Phoenix, 5/24…she was named the WNBA Player of the Week three times, being so honored for the weeks ending 6/19, 7/17 and 8/21…she led the Fever in points, rebounds and assists in the same game 10 times…she set a franchise record with 10 offensive rebounds vs. Charlotte, 8/20…that was the most offensive rebounds by any player in the WNBA in 2005 and was two short of the league record.
Highlighted by her gold medal appearance in the Olympics in August, Catchings appeared in all 34 games for the Fever and started in 33, missing a start only against San Antonio, 9/10, after sustaining a toe injury in practice…the missed start snapped a string of 96 consecutive starts dating to the opening game of 2002…she was named second team All-WNBA after leading the Fever in points (16.7), rebounds (7.3), assists (3.4), steals (2.0) and blocks (1.1)…she finished fifth in the WNBA in scoring, fourth in rebounds and fourth in steals per game…she recorded five double-doubles and scored in double figures in all but three games…she saved her best game for the season finale at Connecticut, 9/19, by scoring 30 points with nine rebounds, four assists and four steals…she shot 10-12 at the free throw line, and tallied 21 points in the second half…she was twice named the WNBA’s Player of the Week.
For the second straight season, Catchings was the runner-up in balloting for the league’s MVP and Defensive Player of the Year Awards…she was named first team All-WNBA and was the leading scorer (17 points) in the WNBA All-Star Game, 7/14…she started and scored in all 34 games averaging 19.7 points per game, including an average of 22.0 during July and 20.0 during August…she twice matched her own franchise record by scoring 20+ points in four consecutive games…she had 10 games with double-figure points and rebounds…she matched a career scoring high with 32 points, and added a game-high 14 rebounds, in the Fever’s first-ever win at Madison Square Garden, 8/22…she had 25 points and a career-high 16 rebounds in a double-overtime win at Connecticut, 6/26…she out-dueled Chamique Holdsclaw and led the Fever to a pair of dramatic road wins at Washington, just five days apart in July…after scoring 29 points on 7/24, she added 30 points during a 92-91 overtime game, 7/29…Catchings’ spinning baseline floater off the glass as time expired overshadowed Holdsclaw’s apparent game-winning basket just seconds earlier, 7/29…she led the WNBA with 35.6 mpg…she finished second in the WNBA in steals and third in scoring.
The WNBA Rookie of the Year, she was runner-up in voting for the league’s MVP and Defensive Player of the Year Awards…she became the first Fever player ever to be named to the All-WNBA First Team…she ranked in the WNBA’s top 10 in points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks…in addition to being the only player in the WNBA to lead her team in points, rebounds and assists, she led the Fever in steals, blocked shots, minutes played and 3-pt FG…she led the team in scoring 21 times, rebounding 23 times and in assists 16 times…she led the WNBA in steals (2.94 spg)…she tied a WNBA record with nine steals against Minnesota, 7/26…she was the first Fever player to score 30+ points, scoring a team-record and career-high 32 points vs. New York, 6/8…she matched that total against Orlando, 8/7…she grabbed a season-high 15 rebounds against Charlotte, 8/3…she ranked second in the league in 3-pt FG with 76…her 193 attempts from long range led the league…she set a WNBA record by hitting all six of her 3-pt FG at Orlando, 7/3…those six 3-pt FG set a franchise record and tied the most by any player in the WNBA in 2002…she logged just 11 minutes after being elbowed in the nose by Miami’s Ruth Riley, 7/12…that elbow resulted in a broken nose, but she did not miss any games and was one of two Fever players to start all 32 games…the first Fever player to start a WNBA All-Star Game, she scored a team-high 12 points with nine rebounds, one assist, one steal and four blocked shots…those blocked shots tied the All-Star Game record.
She did not play due to a torn anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee suffered during her senior season at Tennessee…she tore cartilage (medial meniscus) in her right knee during the Fever’s practice in Houston, 7/5, and underwent surgery, 7/9.
All information courtesy of the 2015 Indiana Fever Media Guide.
In her 11th postseason appearance, Catchings tallied double-double efforts in three of five playoff games as Indiana fell one win shy of reaching its third WNBA Finals…during the five-game playoff run, she passed Lisa Leslie as the league’s all-time leader in playoff points and rebounds..she averaged 16.6 points and 9.2 rebounds in the playoffs…she posted 22 points and 10 rebounds in a playoff opener against Washington while securing 14-of-14 free throws and a career-high and WNBA playoffs-record seven steals…she had 26 points and 11 boards to help complete a two-game sweep of the Mystics, and later added 16 points with 14 boards in a Game 2 win over Chicago in the East Finals.
Catchings started in all four Fever postseason games, averaging 13.5 points, 7.8 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.5 steals per game…she recorded a double-double in the first-round series clinching win against Chicago, 9/22, scoring 18 points with 12 rebounds.
The 2012 Finals MVP was one of two Fever players to start in all 10 Fever postseason games…she averaged team-highs of 19 points, 2.3 steals and 1.8 blocks per game while also contributing 8.5 rebounds and 3.1 assists…she scored in double-digits in 9 of 10 playoffs games, including four double-doubles…her 25 points in Game 2 of the East semis at Atlanta included an 18-point fourth quarter that was one point shy of the WNBA scoring mark for a quarter…with Indiana facing elimination four times in the playoffs, Catchings responded each time – 25 points, 13 rebounds in Game 2 of the East semis and 16 points, 11 rebounds in Game 3…in Game 2 of the East Finals, she scored 21 points in a Game 2 win, and added 22 points and 13 rebounds in the Game 3 clincher at Connecticut…she scored 25 points in a WNBA Finals Game 4 victory that sealed the Fever’s championship…en route to Finals MVP honors, she averaged 22.3 points, 6.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 2.0 steals and 2.3 blocks per game against the Lynx.
Catchings started in five of the six Fever postseason games, averaging 10 points and 8.3 rebounds per game… in 35 minutes, Catchings scored 17 points in a Game 3 win over New York, 9/19, in the East Semis…she was injured in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals limiting her to only six points in a decisive Game 3 vs. Atlanta…Catchings scored 60 points in the postseason, moving her into seventh place on the WNBA’s all-time postseason scoring list.
Catchings averaged 18.7 points and 8.7 rebounds in a three-game series against New York…she led the club with 18 points and six assists in a Game 1 loss at N.Y., 8/26…she led the Fever with 17 points and 13 rebounds in a Game 2 win at Bankers Life Fieldhouse…she scored 21 points in a decisive Game 3 defeat.
Catchings started in all 10 games, averaging 17.2 points, 10.4 rebounds, 5.4 assists, 3.3 steals and 1.4 blocks per game…among WNBA playoffs leaders, she ranked first in assists and steals per game, second in rebounds per game and fifth in blocks per game…Catchings had a WNBA leading five double-doubles in the postseason…in two games in the Eastern Conference Semifinals, Catchings averaged 25 points per game…in her first WNBA Finals appearance, Catchings averaged 16.2 points in five games with an eye-popping 9.6 rebounds, 6.6 assists, 3.2 steals and 1.6 blocks per game.…Catchings had one of her best games of the postseason against Washington, 9/19, in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals, registering 24 points, 16 rebounds, five assists, four steals and a playoff career-high four blocks…in Game 2 of Eastern Conference Finals against Detroit, 9/25, she had a playoff career-high six steals…she fell one rebound short of a triple-double in Game 2 of the WNBA Finals at Phoenix, 10/1, finishing with 19 points, a playoff career-high 11 assists, nine rebounds and two steals…Catchings was first on the team in scoring, rebounding, assists, steals and blocks during the postseason.
In three games of the conference semifinals against Detroit, Catchings averaged 20.3 points, 7.7 rebounds, 6.0 assists and a steal per game. She posted 27 points in an overtime road win in Game 2.
Playing for the first time since a mid-season injury, Catchings posted four consecutive double-doubles to lead the Fever into the Eastern Conference Finals…in Game 1, she played 46 minutes while scoring 14 points with 20 rebounds and seven assists in a triple-overtime loss at Connecticut, 8/23…it was the second-best rebounding figure in WNBA Playoffs history…she followed with 15 points, 13 rebounds and six assists in Game 2, 8/25, and 30 points and 13 boards in a decisive Game 3 overtime victory, 8/27…bringing the Fever back from a WNBA Playoffs-record 22-point deficit, she made 16 of 17 free throw attempts in Game 3, for the second-most free throws made in playoff history…in Game 1 of the Eastern Finals, she posted 22 points and 11 boards in a win over Detroit, 8/31…near halftime of Game 3, she crumpled to the floor with a right Achilles tear.
She averaged 14.0 ppg and 6.0 rpg in a two-game series against Detroit, despite spending most of the second half of Game 2, 8/19, in the training room with a concussion.
Catchings paced the Fever with 17.3 ppg and 9.3 rpg…she had a season playoff-high 21 points and played 44 out of 45 minutes in an overtime loss at Connecticut which closed the series…her 3-pt FG with 18.6 seconds left in regulation, sent the game into overtime.
In three games against New York, she averaged 20.3 ppg, 10.7 rpg and 2.3 apg…in the series opener, she shot 11-of-19 overall with four 3-pointers for 29 points…she collected 11 rebounds and handed out four assists with three steals…she scored 20 points and grabbed a postseason-high 14 rebounds in Game 2 at New York, 8/18.
All information courtesy of the 2015 Indiana Fever Media Guide.
Catchings earned her fourth Olympic gold medal during the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
A tri-captain on the U.S. Olympic women’s basketball team in London, Catchings earned her third Olympic gold medal…one of only three players to start all eight games, she averaged 6.1 points and 4.9 rebounds per game while finishing second on the club with 13 steals.
Catchings helped the U.S. to a gold medal in the FIBA World Championships, conducted in Czech Republic…averaging 19.3 minutes per game, Catchings averaged 8.8 points and 2.8 rebounds in the tournament.
In her second Olympics with Team USA, Catchings appeared in all eight games of the Olympic Tournament and claimed her second Olympic gold medal…Catchings led the U.S. with 14 steals in the tournament, while averaging 6.8 points and 4.4 rebounds per game…she shot 72.4 percent from the floor to lead the U.S.
Catchings led the U.S. in points (12.8), rebounds (9.0) and steals (3.8) during the Senior Women’s National Team’s 2007-08 training camp four-game tour in Italy…she was second on the team with 1.5 assists per game.
Catchings was a starter for the United States while earning a bronze medal at the 2006 FIBA World Championship for Women conducted in Sao Paulo, Brazil…the team finished 8-1 in the tournament, falling to Russia in a semifinal game and downing Brazil for the bronze medal…Catchings finished the tournament averaging 7.0 points and 6.9 rebounds per game…her 18 steals led the U.S.
Catchings won her first Olympic gold medal while starting every game for the United States in Athens, Greece…sixth on the team in scoring (6.9 ppg), Catchings was solid in multiple categories for the U.S. – first in minutes (24.8), steals (2.8) and free throw percentage (.833) and third in rebounds (5.4)…Catchings posted 11 points and a game-high five steals in a semifinal win over Russia, 8/27…she had one point, five boards, a block and two steals in the gold medal-win over Australia, 8/28.
Following the 2002 WNBA season, she helped lead the U.S. National Team to a gold medal in the FIBA World Championship for Women held in China…in the World Championship, she averaged 10.0 ppg and was second on the squad with 5.7 rpg…she was the team’s top outside threat, nailing a team-high 13 3-pt FG in nine games, shooting 48 percent beyond the arc.
All information courtesy of the 2015 Indiana Fever Media Guide.
She led her team in scoring (15.1 ppg) and rebounding (8.6 rpg) before suffering a season-ending torn right ACL (17th game of the season)…she led Tennessee to a 16-1 record and a No. 2 national ranking before the injury…she was a Kodak All-America recipient for the fourth consecutive season, then one of only four women ever to be named four times… she finished her college career ranked third in the school’s history in points (2,113) and rebounds (1,004) and second in steals (311) and blocked shots (140)…she posted 33 career double-doubles…she graduated with honors a semester ahead of her class with a bachelor’s degree in sport management, 12/00…a 2001 Academic All-SEC honoree, she earned a perfect 4.0 GPA during her final undergraduate semester.
She was a consensus All-American and received numerous honors following her junior season, including the Naismith National Player of the Year Award while guiding the Lady Vols to the NCAA Championship game for the second time in her four college seasons…she received an ESPY Award as the 2000 College Player of the Year…she scored double figures 32 times and grabbed double-digit rebounds 11 times while recording nine double-doubles…she led her team in scoring (15.7), rebounding (7.9) and steals (2.5).
She was named to the Kodak All-America Team for the second time…she also was named to The Associated Press All-America Team, as well as Sports Illustrated, The Sporting News and Women’s Basketball Journal All-America Teams…she was a member of the SEC’s All-Academic Team…starting all 34 games, she scored double-figure 29 times and recorded eight double-doubles…she was second on the team in scoring (16.6), rebounding (7.3) and assists (95)…she led the team in steals (88)…she scored a career-high 38 points in 27 minutes against Florida in the SEC Tournament, just two points shy of the SEC Tournament record.
She joined Holdsclaw as the second member of the Lady Vols to be honored as a Kodak All-American as a freshman…she celebrated her first SEC title with spots on the All-Tournament, All-SEC and All-Freshman Teams…she was selected as Freshman of the Year by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association, The Sporting News and the SEC coaches…she was named to the All-Final Four Team, as her team won the national championship…she scored double figures 36 times, grabbed double-digit rebounds nine times and recorded nine double-doubles…she scored a school freshman record 711 points and tallied a Tennessee freshman record 35 points against DePaul.