Tamika Catchings was born on July 21, 1979, in Stratford, New Jersey, to Harvey and Wanda Catchings.

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So Tamika Catchings (the number eight scorer in the WNBA) is 6’1” and she should be warning a size 11 in shoe size.

Some interesting information about Tamika Catchings then and now a career, but Yes, we carry Tamika’s shoe size.

We go to a 15 in women’s length in Athletic footwear and 20  in men’s length as well.

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Tamika Catchings was born on July 21, 1979, in Stratford, New Jersey, to Harvey and Wanda Catchings.

Her father, an 11-season NBA player, taught all three of his children the game. “They all enjoyed playing,” he told the New York Times, “but Mika is like an addict.”

After retiring from the NBA, Harvey Catchings settled his family in Deerfield, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, where Catchings became even more focused on basketball.

Born with severe hearing loss in both ears, Catchings had to wear boxy hearing aids as a child.

Almost instinctively she turned to basketball as a way to deal with this adversity.

“Basketball was everything to me,” she told Sports Illustrated.

“Whenever I got mad, I would play basketball; whenever I was happy, I would play basketball.

Anything I was feeling, I’d play basketball.”

In the same article, her father explained, “I think the fact that people considered it a disability really pushed her.

Where others might use a disability as an excuse, she used it as a driving force.”

The more time she spent playing ball, the more competitive Catchings became.

“She goes out to win at all costs, whatever it takes,” her father told Knight Ridder/Tribune News Service.

One of her coaches at the University of Tennessee would later tell Sports Illustrated, “She cannot stand to lose.

” Fortunately for her disposition, Catchings didn’t lose much during high school.

In 1995 she and her sister, Tauja led their school to the Illinois state high school championships.

The game earned Catchings the title of Miss Basketball in Illinois.

It was the last time the sisters would play together.

The following year Catchings’s parents divorced, and her family split apart.

She moved to Duncanville, Texas, with her mother, while her sister and brother remained behind in Illinois.

Catchings found refuge from the trauma of the separation of the court.

Soon she was leading Duncanville High to the 1997 Texas championship title.

For her efforts, she earned a Naismith Award as the national schoolgirl player of the year.

The Naismith Award, the most prestigious honor in high school basketball, brought Catchings national recognition, as well as scholarship,  offers to more than 200 universities and colleges.

In an act of modesty that has become characteristic of her off-court personality, Catchings wrote thank-you notes to each of those schools.

“For me not to say anything would have been selfish,” she told the New York Times.

The school decision was made after Catchings watched the University of Tennessee’s Lady Volunteers on television, being coached by Pat Summitt.

With five NCAA championships under her belt, Summitt was known throughout the world of college basketball as an extremely intense, hard-driving coach–just what the extremely intense, hard-playing Catchings needed.

“I wanted a coach who would push me,” she told Sports Illustrated.

The two were a good match and, according to the New York Times, “Catchings bloomed under Summitt’s exacting system.

Catchings proved herself worthy of a team member, scoring an average of 18.2 points per game that season, a Tennessee freshman record.

She also set high standards in rebounds and assists.

Her skill helped drive Tennessee to the NCAA 1998 tournament, where she scored a team-high 27 points and felt the thrill of a national championship when Tennessee beat Louisiana Tech 93 to 75.

Many thought that Catchings should have won the Most Valuable Player (MVP) award in that game, but the honor went to another teammate.

In her typically humble fashion, Catchings shrugged it off, telling Sporting News, “In my eyes, it doesn’t really matter.

We won the championship.

Who cares who got what honors?”

Catchings did end up with several honors, including the Naismith National Freshman of the Year award and the U.S. Basketball Writers Association Freshman of the Year award.

She was also named a Kodak All-American team member.

The Kodak team, made up of the top ten NCAA women’s basketball players, is one of the oldest and most prestigious honors in college basketball, and Catchings was only the fourth freshman to be appointed to their ranks.

Catchings continued to rack up awards for her next three years at Tennessee.

She became only the second Lady Volunteer in the school’s history to score 2,000 points.

During her junior year, she was once again singled out for a Naismith trophy, this time for National Player of the Year.

Also, in 2000, she received an ESPY award–the sports world’s answer to the Oscars–for College Player of the Year.

She landed three more nominations to the Kodak All-American team, becoming only the fourth female athlete to make the team four times in a row.

Other all-star teams that nominated her to their rosters included the Associated Press, Sports Illustrated, Sporting Journal, and the Women’s Basketball Journal.

In 2000, she demonstrated her mettle by rejoining the Lady Volunteers during the NCCA Mideast Regional playoffs after suffering a pain-searing ankle sprain in the first half of the game.

Her steely dedication earned her the Most Outstanding Player honors for the game.

Catchings did not confine her best performances to the basketball court.

She excelled in the classroom, making the honor roll during her senior year with a 4.0 GPA.

In December of 2000, she graduated a semester early, with a degree in sports management.

However, the joy she felt in finishing school was soon dampened by injury.

The following month her right anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) snapped during a game against Mississippi State.

At the time, she was being touted as the number one draft choice for the WNBA, but a torn ACL severely injures the knee and can require up to a year of recovery.

Her college basketball career was over.

However, prior to the injury, she had led Tennessee in scoring and rebounding, helping to push the Lady Volunteers into the number two slot in the national rankings, and the WNBA did not overlook her track record or her skill.

She was the third overall pick by the Indiana Fever during the first round of the WNBA 2001 Draft.

Though she tried to speed up her recovery with the hopes of going professional during her first season, it wasn’t to be.

She remained sidelined–and frustrated–as she watched the Fever limp to a dismal 10 to 22 record.

Catchings roared onto the court like a forward with the Fever in 2002, quickly making up for a lost time.

She was named WNBA Player of the Week for averaging 25 points per game in her very first week as a professional.

She kept up the pace all season, leading the Fever to their first-ever appearance in the playoffs.

Along the way she made her mark in several league statistical categories–first in steals, second in scoring, and fourth in rebounds.

“When you talk about do-it-all players, you should just put ‘equals Tamika Catchings,'” a New York Liberty player told Sports Illustrated.

“She can shoot it, rebound it, and push it. Man, she is everywhere.”

The league was impressed, too, and voted her WNBA Rookie of the Year.

She also came in second in votes for Defensive Player of the Year, and third for MVP.

Catchings’s performance also landed her a starter position on the East Conference team for the WNBA’s All-Star game.

Catchings continued tearing up the courts in 2003, leading the Fever to the number six spot in the league.

Again she posted some impressive numbers, including second in overall points, second in steals, and third in points per game.

However, as her coach Nell Fortner pointed out, statistics are one thing, but “you have to see her in person to truly appreciate the kind of player she is.

She is absolutely relentless.” After playing with Catchings during the 2002 All-Star game, WNBA superstar Sheryl Swoopes was quoted by the University of Tennessee’s Daily Beacon website as saying, “Tamika Catchings is just absolutely fabulous.

She plays all-out, all the time.”

The end of 2003 found Catchings back on the All-Star team and in second place in voting for the league’s MVP.

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