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In 10 stellar seasons with the Indiana Fever, Tamika Catchings has claimed most major honors with two exceptions. She can now cross WNBA Most Valuable Player off the list, the league announced today.
The news comes amid Catchings’ quest to attain her other primary goal: a WNBA Championship. The Fever defeated New York 2-1 in the first round of the playoffs and will kick off the Eastern Conference Finals tonight as it hosts the Atlanta Dream in a best-of-three series.
Catchings has overcome many adversities in her life and says it was a season-ending injury as a senior at Tennessee that finally solidified her commitment to the Christian faith.
“There was a huge chunk that was missing in my life that I was filling with basketball,” she said. “Basketball was my god. I couldn’t go to church because I had practice and you lose that balance that you grew up with. So after my injury, I got back to going to church and then one thing after another, my faith continued to grow.”
You can hear more from Catchings by watching a special video interview she gave Inspiring Athletes during the regular season: