Catchings selected as the Top Indiana Athlete of 2012 by IndySportsLegends.com
Tamika Catchings had quite an exciting 2012. The all-star forward won an Olympic gold medal as a member of Team USA’s Women Basketball team, she the followed that gold medal with a WNBA Championship. Catchings averaged 22.3 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game in the WNBA Finals against the Minnesota Lynx, leading the Fever to their first WNBA title, the city’s first pro basketball champions since the Indiana Pacers won the last of their three ABA titles in 1973.
Catchings was the Finals MVP, the WNBA’s defensive player of the year and finished third in the league MVP balloting. She won the MVP award in 2011, then had a statistically better year last year. At 33 years old, she showed no signs of slowing down. Very few athletes in any sport accomplished as much as Catchings in 2012. She is beloved in Indiana not only because of her ability, but because of her faith and service to others through her Catch the Stars Foundation.
Also making the list was Skylar Diggins, the Notre Dame point guard who averaged 16.8 points, 5.7 assists and 2.6 steals per game as a junior and led the Fighting Irish to the national championship game for the second straight year. She is averaging 14.8 points and 5.9 assists this season.