Tonight, June 24, 2017, marks a special night for Indianapolis fans and basketball fans. Tonight at 7 p.m., in Banker’s Life Fieldhouse, the name Catchings will live on forever as the Indiana Fever retire Tamika Catchings’ No. 24 jersey.
After a stellar career, Catchings will become the first player in franchise history to have her number retired. As the 3rd overall pick in the 2001 WNBA Draft, Catchings overcame much adversity in her rookie season having suffered an ACL injury midway through her senior year at the University of Tennessee. When she finally made her rookie debut, Catchings wowed fans averaging 18.6 points per game, and 5.8 rebounds per game. Catchings would go on to claim the 2001-02 Rookie of the Year Award and All-WNBA Honors. Throughout her career, Catchings has evolved into a great player, leader, and philanthropist, giving back to the city she calls home through her Catch The Stars Foundation, founded in 2004.
Having played her entire 15-year career with the Fever, Catchings has made quite a name for herself here in Indiana. In 2012, Catchings led the Fever to a championship victory defeating the Minnesota Lynx in a 3-1 series, and was named Finals MVP. Before retiring in 2016, Catchings finished her WNBA slate as a 10-time All-Star, 5-time Defensive Player of the Year, 2011 league MVP, and the all-time league leader in steals and rebounds. Now, Catchings runs her own tea shop called Tea’s Me Cafe Indy, and has a new role with Pacers Sports and Entertainment as the Director of Player Programs and Franchise Development.
Be sure to tune in tonight at 7 p.m., on NBA TV to watch Tamika Catchings No. 24 jersey retirement during the halftime ceremony, as the Fever take on the Los Angeles Sparks.