10/17 10:36 CDT USBWA names top freshman award after Tamika Catchings
USBWA names top freshman award after Tamika Catchings
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) --- The nation's top freshman women's basketball player
each season will win the Tamika Catchings Award starting this year.
The United States Basketball Writers Association announced Thursday during the
Southeastern Conference women's basketball Media Day event that it's naming its
national freshman of the year award after Catchings, the former Tennessee and
Catchings was the consensus national freshman of the year during the 1997-98
season when she helped Tennessee go 39-0 and win the national championship. She
later played 16 seasons with the WNBA's Indiana Fever and won gold medals with
the U.S. Olympic team in 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016.
She has a master's degree in sports studies from Tennessee and has started the
Catch The Stars Foundation, which promotes fitness, literacy and youth
development in helping disadvantaged youths achieve their dreams.