When the schedule was announced for the WNBA’s expansion Dallas Wings, Indiana Fever star Tamika Catchings had June 25th circled on the calendar.
“Of course, coming to Dallas, I was like, ‘ooh,’” Catchings said. “Being right up the street from my home and being able to have my community be able to come and support and watch me play in my last season and be a part of that, I just thought that was really cool.”
Catchings dominated at Duncanville High School before becoming a three-time all-American and winning a national championship with the Tennessee Lady Volunteers. Her WNBA career has been equally impressive. Catchings has won the league’s MVP award in 2011 and won the WNBA Finals MVP award in 2012 while helping the Fever bring home the franchise’s only championship.
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Now, at 36-years old, Catchings is playing her final season of professional basketball. She leads Indiana in scoring at 13 points per game and is only 331 points behind the WNBA’s all-time leading scorer.
Now, she is preparing to play as a pro for the first time in North Texas.
“It’s kind of bittersweet,” Catchings said. “I wish it would have happened a couple of years earlier so I could have played here a couple of times in Dallas. Nonetheless, I’m excited about the (Wings) being here and about the opportunity to play in front of my family and friends here.”
Catchings and the Indiana Fever will play the Dallas Wings Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. at the College Park Center.