A Fever victory served as an appropriate send off for Tamika Catchings, who Sunday played her final regular season game for the franchise she led to a WNBA title.
The Fever captured an 83-60 win over the Dallas Wings at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on a night that included numerous honors and tributes to Catchings. The 16-year veteran tallied 16 points and seven rebounds in the victory.
“I think you knew she was going to come out with a high energy level,” Fever Head Coach Stephanie White said. “She competed. She did everything she’s always done.”
Nearly 18,000 people packed the Fieldhouse to watch the star forward play her regular season Fever finale, including another Indiana basketball legend, former Pacers star Reggie Miller. Miller acknowledging he wanted to honor his “little sis” and her incredible contribution to the franchise, the sports and the community.
Catchings, 37, closes out her regular season career as the WNBA’s all-time leader in rebounds, steals and free throws. She is second in league history in scoring.
Additionally, she is a 10-time All-Star, five-time Defensive Player of the Year, four-time Olympic gold medalist, the 2011 WNBA MVP, 2012 WNBA Champion and Finals MVP.
Fortunately, Indiana will not yet have to say goodbye to #24. She will play at least one more game in the Fever uniform. The Fever host the Phoenix Mercury on Wednesday at 6pm in the playoffs. The Fever must win Wednesday to keep their post-season alive. If they win, they’ll advance to face Chicago in the second round.