Women’s Tennessee Basketball has been a top program in women’s basketball since the 1990s, and another former player is heading to the Hall of Fame.
When you hear that a Tennessee basketball player is being inducted into any Hall of Fame, you might be surprised. When you hear that a Lady Vol basketball player is being inducted into any Hall of Fame, you might start rattling off names that you think would be deserving of such honor.
Well, if you named off Tamika Catchings, then you’re absolutely right. The four-time Olympic gold medalist and LVFL will return to Knoxville to be inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame.
She led the Vols to a National Championship in 1998 and then led the Indiana Fever to its only WNBA Championship.
She is beloved in Knoxville, similar to Summitt, as well as throughout the WNBA community too. A National Champion, WNBA Champion, WNBA MVP, and a four-time Olympic gold medalist. She’s been dominating the game for a long time.
When asked what it meant to be inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, Catchings said, “I’m just extremely honored to have this and follow him [Pat Summitt’s] footsteps.”
It’s no surprise that players that were coached under Pat Summitt are now being inducted into the Hall of Fame. Summitt is a legend both on and off the court, not only in Knoxville but throughout the women’s basketball community.
Catchings has undoubtedly followed in Summitt’s footsteps, and it’s great to see another Lady Vol make her way into the Hall of Fame.
She’s done a lot for the game at the college, professional, and Olympic level, and there aren’t many players in women’s basketball that are more deserving than Catchings.