Catchings named one of WNBA’s 20@20

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INDIANAPOLIS — In her final season playing professional basketball, Tamika Catchings received another honor when she was named one of the WNBA’s 20@20. The award, which honors the 20 greatest and most influential players in WNBA history as the league celebrates its 20th season, was announced Tuesday.

Catchings is no stranger to a place on prestigious lists. The Fever star was named to the WNBA’s All-Decade team in 2006 and earned a spot on its 15th Anniversary Top 15 in 2011.

“The 20 women honored today are an extraordinarily accomplished group both on and off the basketball court,” said WNBA President Lisa Borders. Borders added, “most importantly, they represent the hopes and dreams of generations of young girls all over the world — the future of the WNBA.”

The 36 year-old Catchings has been a member of the Fever since being drafted third overall in 2001.  She led the team to its lone WNBA title in 2012, was named league MVP in 2011 and has been named Defensive Player of the Year five times.

Former Fever standout Yolanda Griffith was also named to to the 20@20 list.

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