Tamika Catchings & the Indiana Fever have won a WNBA Championship!! I, for one, really enjoyed the series and especially loved watching ‘Catch’ add to her legacy. You just gotta be overjoyed for #24…she does it right!!!
Like Minnesota Lynx head coach Cheryl Reeve said after Indiana beat her team in game 4 to win their first-ever Championship. “There isn’t anybody that cannot be happy for Tamika Catchings to finally get a Championship.” Well- liked and well-respected around the league, Catchings epitomizes all the wonderful qualities an athlete who is a role model should have.
How loved, not liked, loved is Tamika? Check out a few congratulatory tweets…
As happy as I am for ‘Catch’, I’m just ecstatic for Erlana Larkins, Erin Phillips & Shavonte Zeallous. These three players were a huge part of Indy’s Championship Run.
The Fever have always had great scoring, but no one really feared them in the paint, teams actually tried to exploit them in the paint. No More..Enter Erlana Larkins. Her story is well know now, out of the league for the past two seasons before the Fever gave her a second ‘shot’, and boy, did Erlana take advantage of it. Larkins re-invented herself. She got back to what got her drafted into the WNBA (toughness/hustle plays/rebounds) and made her Coach look like a genius for putting her into the Fever starting lineup.
“You know, I’ve been coaching 42 years and probably the best coaching adjustment I ever made in my life when I inserted Erlana Larkins into the starting lineup in the Atlanta series,” Fever coach Lin Dunn said (as reported on WNBA.com). “I loved her energy, I loved her sixth man, but I didn’t love how we were starting the game getting beat on the boards. So putting her in the lineup, and telling her how important she was and what we needed her to do was huge, and we would not be here today if we hadn’t done that, no doubt.”
Indelible in my mind is Larkins stuffing Rebekkah Brunson’s shot in game 3 and starting the fast-break. WoW! WELCOME BACK ERLANA!!!
Erin Phillips – Take that, AUSSIE NATIONAL TEAM!! Cut from the Australian National Team that played in London this past Olympics, Phillips showed us and her national team the value of a veteran ‘shooting’ guard. With Katie Douglas injured and unable to go, Phillips stepped up and gave the Fever a rock solid performance. Phillips did not shy away from the bigness of the moment, looked to me like she savored it! Phillips hit big 3’s after big 3’s and played some good defense on not so easy to defend Lynx guards. Her performance in the finals were Extra Grouse!! (That’s Australian for extra special; better than terrific.)
Shavonte Zellous – SHE SHOOTS, SHE SCORES! Shavonte is no stranger to scoring (watch highlights of her career-high 30 points in game 3 performance). A little Shavonte history –> she went from being a little-known player coming out of high school to one of the best Women’s players in the country. In college Zellous became the first player in Pitt history (men’s or women’s) and the ninth in Big East history (men’s or women’s) to score 600 points in three separate seasons.
Zellous was drafted by the Detroit Shock in 2009 after averaging 16.8 points, 5.6 rebounds at Pitt, and was one of four players who made the move from Detroit to Tulsa.
In 2010, the Shock traded Zellous to the Indiana Fever for a second round draft pick in the 2011 WNBA draft. And the rest, as they say, is ‘HERstory.’